Stephen Thomas Erlewine with Allmusic said that "The brilliance of Van Lear Rose is not just how the two approaches complement each other, but how the record captures the essence of Loretta Lynn's music even as it has flourishes that are distinctly Jack." "Jack White, of the bizarre and bluesy duo the White Stripes, produced this effort to jaw-dropping effect.
Van Lear Rose is a stripped-down effort that isn't afraid to get dirty -- both in its dark subject matter and in its raucous, gritty tones.
"I was outside and leaning up against the toilet in Washington State.
And I sat there and wrote 'Honky Tonk Girl' and 'Whispering Sea.' "The country star, now 76, went on to accumulate 16 No.
Lynn didn't sing much before she started performing to make ends meet in Washington State and later in Nashville, Tenn.
She grew up in Butcher Holler, Ky., the second of eight children in a coal-mining family."When I was growing up with my sisters and brothers, we all sang and rocked the babies to sleep, but that was as far as we ever did," she says.
A Broadway musical based on her memoir, 's release. I don't know what I'd do without her, to tell you the truth. But I just told him the other day, "Jack, we need to cut another album, soon." I know he'll be happy to do it. That was the first song I ever wrote, and it's Jack's favorite song. I was down at the ocean, sitting up in a little branch — I found the tree to fish.
But it's hard to imagine she has ever had her nose to the grindstone quite as much as she did in the sessions that produced her latest album, . "At first, I said, ' Let's cut all the Number Ones again.Lynn's life before she started recording, she says, wasn't easy.She had four children and a husband at home, and worked every day to pay their rent."Me and my husband both worked.The track "Portland, Oregon" was listed as the 305th best song of the 2000s by Pitchfork Media.The album was initially intended as a musical experiment, blending the styles of Lynn and producer White, who wrote one track, sings a duet with Lynn, and performs on the whole album as a musician.Performing a two-song set, the Raconteurs lit into "Salute Your Solution" from 2008's As the final notes rang out, White's band retook the stage, along with the Raconteurs, and segued into the moody intro to "Portland, Oregon," the White-Lynn collaboration on the country icon's 2004 comeback album , which White produced.Still in her sequined gown, Lynn appeared from the wings to revisit their flirty duet.1 country singles and numerous honors over the course of her career.She's the subject of a new tribute album, , which features tracks from The White Stripes, Kid Rock and Martina Mc Bride, among others who sing her tunes about heartbreak and strife.It begins with a new version of the first tune she ever wrote, a jilted-love song called "Whispering Sea," and it ends with a couple of duets: a newly written love-from-a-distance Lynn original called "Everything It Takes," featuring Elvis Costello, and a tune by her son-in-law, "Lay Me Down," that pairs her with her old friend Willie Nelson. I think I'm going to do something with Jack White next.She recorded the mega-session at the Cash Cabin in Hendersonville, Tennessee, with Johnny and June's son John Carter Cash and her own daughter Patsy Lynn Russell in spurts over the past few years. She still maintains a busy tour schedule and she has plenty of other ventures to occupy her time. You recorded with your daughter and with John Carter Cash as producers. My little daughter Patsy, she manages me, and she takes care of me. Repaying the debt, and they don't even know it., with Jack White. I'm going to record an album with Jack, see how it turns out again. He sang some songs with you onstage in Nashville last year. I miss him when he's gone, because a lot of times I call him and ask him different questions about what's going on, and what I should be doing and not doing. Him and Patsy, my daughter, were together a lot more than me and Jack, because when I come in off the road, I'll hit the bed for a day, so me and Jack don't get together very much anymore. I couldn't believe Jack picked the first song I ever wrote. When my husband [Oliver "Doolittle" Lynn] lived in the state of Washington, we'd fish a lot."Well thank you, Loretta, I'm glad you didn't have nothing better to do tonight," White said.(Watch a video of the performance above.) "This is the first time me and Jack worked a show together," Lynn remarked earlier.Let's cut all the Top Fives and then the Top 10s, and then we'll go from there.' I think we cut 90 songs, just playing the guitar and singing, to come out on albums. "What did you take from this song that you'd like to record?