Loretta Lynn brings the real country strong to KC tonight
Loretta Lynn‘s first top-10 single, “Success,” dropped 49 years ago. Since then, the American icon from Butcher Holler, Kentucky, has laid a solid groundwork for women in country music. Never forgetting her humble roots, Lynn has always been a voice for blue-collar, working-class women. Gems like 1967’s “Don’t Come Home a-Drinkin’ (With Lovin’ on Your Mind)” and 1975’s “The Pill” — a liberating ode to oral birth control — helped solidify her feminist stance, while “Dear Uncle Sam,” her 1966 anti-war song, mourned the loss of American soldiers. (It’s still played today at protests and demonstrations.) In the wake of honky-tonk’s fall from favor, Lynn stayed relatively quiet, until she released Van Lear Rose, her 2004 comeback album produced by the White Stripes’ Jack White.