Loretta Lynn coming to Packard Music Hall

Staff report


Country music legend Loretta Lynn will come to Packard Music Hall on June 9.

Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. concert are $42, $52 and $66 and go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday at ticketmaster.com, by phone at 800-745-3000 and at the Packard box office, 1703 Mahoning Ave. NW.

The winner of multiple Grammy, CMA and ACM awards, Lynn has been a superstar for decades after rising from humble beginnings.

The “Coal Miner’s Daughter” was raised in poverty in a remote hamlet in Appalachian Kentucky, got married at age 13, and never stopped singing. She came to Nashville in 1960 and immediately pushed the boundaries of the country music world by writing songs that reflected the secrets and worries of a wife and mother.

Lynn’s instantly recognizable vocal delivery was part of her distinctive body of work, and her authenticity, originality and refusal to shy away from tough topics shown through in the lyrics to her songs. In “Don’t Come Home A-Drinkin’” and “Your Squaw Is on the War Path” she refused to be any man’s doormat.

She challenged female rivals in “You Ain’t Woman Enough” and “Fist City.” She showed tremendous blue-collar pride in “Coal Miner’s Daughter” and “You’re Lookin’ at Country.” She is unafraid of controversy, whether the topic is sex (“Wings Upon Your Horns”), divorce (“Rated X”), alcohol (“Wouldn’t It Be Great”) or war (“Dear Uncle Sam”).

“The Pill,” her celebration of sexual liberation, was banned by many radio stations.

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