‘Spot light on a Song’
Feels like football season music fans! And a perfect ‘rainy’ day to go and kick off my Seahawks in their first pre-season opener tonight against the Broncos! Whoo hoo!
This week I found myself back in the studio working on my next project again, laying down tracks and finding the groove my next album will shape. A lot of work behind it indeed but will be so worth it. Although I am not a traditional country singer, this record is leaning heavily towards a more alternative, country flare. Influences of mine such as Emmy Lou Harris, Bob Dylan, Brandi Carlile and Loretta Lynn. I’m in heaven immersing myself in all of their music.
This week in particular I revisited a wonderful album that is worth a listen from beginning to end, multiple times. From a musical and political influence, Loretta Lynn changed the face for women, and their role in music.
In 2004 Loretta Lynn made a comeback with the highly successful album Van Lear Rose. The album was produced by her “friend forever” Jack White of The White Stripes, and featured guitar work and backup vocals by White. Her collaboration with White allowed Lynn to reach new audiences and generations, even garnering high praise in magazines that specialize in mainstream and alternative rock music. Rolling Stone voted the album the second best of 2004 and it won the Grammy Award for Best Country Album of the Year.
On August 8, 2013, President Barack Obama announced that Loretta Lynn would be awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom. “Loretta Lynn is a country music legend. Raised in rural Kentucky, she emerged as one of the first successful female country music vocalists in the early 1960s, courageously breaking barriers in an industry long dominated by men. Ms. Lynn’s numerous accolades include the Kennedy Center Honors in 2003 and the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010.”
So enjoy some toe tapping tunes from one of my favorites.
Strum a little….