Loretta Lynn talks about her career, husband "


and her new album

September 14, 2000

Loretta Lynn talks about her career, husband "Doo" and her new album

By KATE COLEMAN / Staff Writer

Loretta Lynn is back with her first solo recording since 1988 - "Still Country." The country music legend's life has changed, but she's still Loretta Lynn.

She had just "put up" 30 pints of red raspberries she found at a Los Angeles farmers' market, she said in a phone interview from the road. She has a big kitchen and refrigerator and freezer on her bus - one of three her troupe is traveling on.

Lynn likes the berries with something sweet - a little honey and a little milk, and said she loves to just sit down and eat them.

"Where are we?" she asked, echoes of her Butcher Holler, Ky., drawl still evident.

The answer was near San Diego, part of a tour crisscrossing the country from August through December. She'll perform at the Great Frederick Fair Saturday, Sept. 22, at 7:30 p.m.


"Still Country" is a very personal album, dedicated to Lynn's late husband, Oliver V. "Mooney" Lynn, the man she married at 13. "Doo" - that's what she called him - Lynn died at the couple's Hurricane Mills, Tenn., home. His wife of 48 years was at his bedside for his last five years. She took off for Nashville - a place her husband never liked - when he died in 1996. It was a hard time for Lynn. She thought she had been away from home for a couple of months and learned that it had been a year.

She went home, built a new house and museum. Working on the new album and performing helped Lynn.

"It kept my mind straight," she said.

Lynn co-wrote "I Can't Hear the Music," her favorite song on the album. The title quotes her husband, who was very sick, but she didn't know he couldn't hear.

"I can't hear the music anymore," he said as she played something for him.

Her love and emotion were recorded along with the song. She tried once in the studio and couldn't get through it. She tried again a couple of weeks later. "I can't do it," she told producer Randy Scruggs.

He told her to think about something else. Lynn hadn't eaten all day, so she thought about a candy bar and was able to sing.

Lynn also has been working on the sequel to her 1976 autobiography, "Coal Miner's Daughter." The story of her 40-year career and life will be published later this year.

There have been many hits and many honors in Lynn's long career. The country music industry has changed, but Lynn hasn't.

"It's either country or it ain't," she said.

When she started out "everybody was goin' pop - Jim Reeves, Marty Robbins, Patsy Cline."

Lynn was just herself.

"I kind of stuck out wearing guns, looking like Annie Oakley, and I made it. It comes around," she believes.

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