Loretta Lynn Signs New Multi-Album Deal
Loretta Lynn is 82 years young, and her work in country music has spanned more than 50 years, with over 48 million albums sold worldwide, but she's not stopping in the least. In fact, she's breaking new ground, signing a new multi-album deal with Legacy Recordings.
The 'Coal Miner's Daughter' singer will release several albums of new material, recorded over the past seven years, under the deal. But those new songs haven't been recorded at just any studio old studio: Lynn honed these albums at the Cash Cabin Studio in Hendersonville, Tenn., with her daughter Patsy L. Russell and John Carter Cash.
According to a press release, the project "travels back and explores Loretta's musical history, from the Appalachian folk songs and gospel music she learned as a child, to new interpretations of her classic hits and country standards, to songs newly written for the project." Lynn personally drew inspiration from memories of and connections to American music.
Fans won't have to wait too long to hear Lynn's new work. Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, announced that the first title in the new album series will be released in 2015.
This marks Lynn's first collection of new recordings since 2004. At the time, she collaborated with Jack White on 'Van Lear Rose' and was duly rewarded with two Grammys, one of them being Best Country Album of the Year.
Lynn has notably been a vital part of country music for decades, with the foresight early on to challenge the conventions of country music, making a way for women by re-defining the role of females in country.
She was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom last November for her barrier-breaking work in the genre and was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Americana Music Awards in September. Lynn also made a surprise guest appearance at the 2014 CMA Awards, sharing the stage with country darling Kacey Musgraves and performing 'You're Lookin' at Country,' released in 1971.