Album: Wouldn't It Be Great
Release date: August 18, 2017
Legacy Recordings (a division of Sony Music Entertainment) will release Wouldn't It Be Great, the new studio album from American music icon Loretta Lynn, on Friday, August 18. In what is being called "one of the most deeply personal albums of her career," Wouldn't It Be Great is comprised entirely of songs written (or co-written) by Loretta, premiering new compositions nestled alongside select soulful reinterpretations of enduring classics from her catalog.
Like its predecessor, the critically-acclaimed, Grammy-nominated Full Circle (released March 2016), Wouldn't It Be Great was mainly recorded at the Cash Cabin Studio in Hendersonville, Tennessee, with producers Patsy Lynn Russell and John Carter Cash.
From the press release:
An exploration of Loretta's songwriting, Wouldn't It Be Great finds her communicating the universality of human experiencelove in all its intoxication and heartbreak, the things of the soul and spirit that abide, the transformative power of making music and connecting. Wouldn't It Be Great debuts new songs"Ruby's Stool," "Ain't No Time To Go," "I'm Dying For Someone To Live For"alongside newly recorded renditions of recent compositions ("God Makes No Mistakes," from Lynn's 2004 Grammy-winning Jack White-produced Van Lear Rose) and immortal classics like "Coal Miner's Daughter" (the song Loretta says she's most proud to have written, also the title of her 1976 memoir and subsequent Oscar-winning 1982 film adaptation) and "Don't Come Home A' Drinkin' (With Lovin' On Your Mind)," her first of 16 career No. 1 country singles."I think you try to do better with every record you put out," Loretta says of Wouldn't It Be Great. "It's just everyday living and everybody wants to know, 'Well, what is it about your songs that people like?' I think you've got to tell your stories. I just think it hits everybody, you know, the songs."
Despite turning 85 this year, Lynn is showing no signs of slowing down. The historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville has slated two celebratory birthday shows on April 14 and April 15, which are both sold out. In addition, as part of its 50th anniversary commemoration, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is mounting a major exhibitionopening August 25, 2017 focused on the life, art and music of Loretta Lynn.
"I am so happy the Country Music Hall of Fame has asked me to be one of their main exhibits in 2017...gonna show off my 50 some odd years in country music!," said Loretta. "They best have a big space...I have a lot of stuff! I'm so proud to share my life, and music with the Hall of Fame.Y'all come see us!" The exhibit is scheduled to run through June 2018.