Loretta Lynn: Women’s Libber

A great hero, Loretta Lynn, lived to be 90 and died today. Here’s a repost from the very first week of this blog.

I was listening to KEXP in Seattle last summer, and a song came on that was pretty good; a very recently recorded pop tune, slightly distorted guitar, kinda fun. One of these bands made up of twenty or thirty-somethings that is KEXP’s most frequent fare. Then the singer’s voice came in, and I thought, Wow! Who is this? She was singing in a country style, and she had a powerful, belt-it-out kind of voice, but at the same time completely controlled and lilting over the top — what I call that high, lonesome sound. I got quite excited, and thought, whoever this is, I’ve got to get her album. She’s fantastic. At the end of the song, the DJ said “That was Loretta Lynn and the White Stripes”. So that explains it.

I particularly like Loretta’s women’s libber songs, and this is one of my favorites. Country songs from this era tackled social issues that were not addressed by other pop music of the day. The mainline pop and rock musicians had bigger fish to fry when it came to “topical” music: war, social justice, civil rights. The politics of country music of the 60s and 70s was more personal: home, work, relationships. While the country music establishment may have officially scorned the so-called women’s libbers, their female artists, and especially Loretta Lynn, created music that was all about liberating women, and fans ate it up.

More country music

~ by lolarusa on November 23, 2006.

~ by lolarusa on October 4, 2022.

2 Responses to “Loretta Lynn: Women’s Libber”

  1. Love her!! She sang about women standing up for themselves even in tough situations. A true legend for women empowerment. RIP

  2. Yep. There’s no voice like her voice.

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