Holy Wow: Loretta Lynn Sets to Release New Studio Album at Age 85

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On August 18 Loretta Lynn will be 85 years old and she’ll also be celebrating the release a brand new studio album.

Like its predecessor, the critically-acclaimed, GRAMMY-nominated Full Circle, 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.

An exploration of Loretta‘s songwriting, Wouldn’t It Be Great finds her communicating the universality of human experience–love in all its intoxication and heartbreak, the things of the soul and spirit that abide, the transformative power of making music and connecting.

The album will feature 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 said of the album in a statement. “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.”

Wouldn’t It Be Great Tracklist:

Ruby’s Stool – (Loretta Lynn, Shawn Camp)

I’m Dying for Someone to Live For – (Loretta Lynn, Shawn Camp)

Another Bridge to Burn – (Loretta Lynn, Lola Jean Dillon)

Ain’t No Time to Go – (Loretta Lynn, Patsy Lynn Russell)

God Makes No Mistakes – (Loretta Lynn)

These Ole Blues (Loretta Lynn, Patsy Lynn Russell)

My Angel Mother — (Loretta Lynn)

Don’t Come Home a Drinkin’ – (Loretta Lynn, Peggy Sue Wells)

The Big Man – (Loretta Lynn, Shawn Camp)

Lulie Vars – (Traditional, arrangement by Loretta Lynn)

Darkest Day – (Loretta Lynn)

Coal Miner’s Daughter – (Loretta Lynn)