There’s little question that the music you often hear played on country radio today barely resembles the country music of the past. Purists mourn the passing of the genre and among them is the legendary Loretta Lynn. And she’s not bashful about telling fellow country star and Vocal Point podcast host Martina McBride how she feels.
Loretta’s episode of Vocal Point was just recently released on the Luminary app and in it, she declares that traditional country music is on life support, but she also offers some hope. “They’ve already let it [die],” she said on the podcast, as reported by People. “I think it’s dead. I think it’s a shame. I think it’s a shame to let a type of music die. I don’t care what any kind of music it is. Rock, country, whatever. I think it’s a shame to let it die, and I’m here to start feeding it.”
“I’m not happy at all,” she continues. “I think that every type of music should be saved, and country is one of the greatest. It’s been around, as far as I’m concerned, longer than any of it.”
Fortunately, the 87-year-old singer and songwriter has more musical support than she may realize. Young acts like Luke Combs, Jon Pardi, Chris Stapleton, Ashley McBryde, Brandy Clark, Midland, Cody Johnson, Erin Enderlin and Pistol Annies are leaders in the format when it comes to producing music that honors the traditions of country music.
Although Loretta has suffered both a stroke and a broken hip in recent years, she insists that these bumps in the road only slowed her temporarily. She says, “People thought I wouldn’t come back from that and they’re really shocked when I tell them, ‘Well, I’m doing good, I’m moving my arms, I’m moving all my parts and I can still sing.’”
Loretta’s last album, Wouldn’t It Be Great, was released in 2018 and we wouldn’t be surprised if another one was in the works.