The sound stage

February 17th, 2011 |


Loretta Lynn

Hoyt Sherman Place, Feb. 12


Loretta Lynn is my kind of woman. She sings from the heart, tells it like it is and isn’t afraid to be herself. That, in a nutshell, is why 1,252 adoring fans of all ages sold out Hoyt Sherman Place on Saturday, Feb. 12 to see the country music legend deliver a 90-minute show that was as much a celebration of family and friends (Iowan Merlyn Hansen sang two songs) as it was a revue of her 50 years in music. Solo singer-songwriter Whitney Mann opened the affair with a 20-minute set of engaging, acoustic Americana songs before Lynn’s children (Ernest Ray, Peggy and Patsy) and the Coal Miners further warmed up the audience with a handful of country tunes, followed by a brief video montage of Lynn’s career that played on a big screen. But it was the country music queen who rightfully received a standing ovation from the audience when she entered the stage wearing a floor-length white gown, setting the tone for the evening with songs like “They Don’t Make ‘Em Like My Daddy Anymore” and “You’re Looking at Country” before kicking off her shoes and performing barefooted the rest of the night. (When was the last time you saw that at a country music show?) At age 78, Lynn is an honest-to-goodness American idol, and her voice remains pure honky-tonk as witnessed by her performance of classic tunes “I’m A Honky Tonk Girl,” “You Ain’t Woman Enough (To Take My Man),” “Don’t Come Home A-Drinkin’ (With Lovin’ On Your Mind)” and “Coal Miner’s Daughter.” CV — Michael Swanger



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