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Loretta Lynn Hopes to Duet on Country Classic During Jack White Opening Gig

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Loretta Lynn is set to open for Jack White at his upcoming concert at Nashville, Tenn.’s Bridgestone Arena, and she’s hoping they’ll be able to duet on a country classic.

Lynn worked with White on her 2004 album ‘Van Lear Rose,’ so they’ll likely play their duet from that record, ‘Portland, Oregon,’ during the show, but Lynn also hopes to to teach White ‘Are You Mine,’ her 1965 duet with Ernest Tubb, before hitting the stage.

“I love that kid,” Lynn tells Nashville’s Tennessean of White. “It’s gonna be good to sing with him again … I got to thinking that [‘Are You Mine’] would be good for me and Jack to do because it would go back to when I started.”

The Nashville icon is known for sharing the stage with younger stars, including Kacey Musgraves, whose challenging lyrics have been compared to some of Lynn’s more eyebrow-raising songs like ‘The Pill’ and ‘Wings Upon Your Horns.’

“To me, life is what makes a good song. Sing about it!” Lynn says. “When you tiptoe around the facts, you put out a vanilla record instead of a good one.”

Lynn recently signed a multi-album deal with Sony’s Legacy Recordings, and she says that she’s been writing and recording music for her first new project, which is being co-produced by her daughter Patsy Lynn Russell and John Carter Cash. So far, she has cut around 90 songs for the release.

“I’ve been working my butt off,” she says. “It used to be that I had to work. Now I don’t have to, but I want to. I think work keeps me going.”

Lynn and White’s Bridgestone Arena show is set for Jan. 28.

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