Loretta Lynn showed off her staying power with an incredible performance at the Grand Ole Opry earlier this year.
In true Lynn fashion, she starts belting out her country classic while wearing a dazzling red sequin dress. Her vocals have the same gusto as when she debuted “You’re Lookin’ at Country” back in 1971. Despite the fact that she’s dolled up to the nines, the song still vibrates with the energy of growing up in rural Kentucky.
This particular performance of “You’re Lookin’ at Country” took place in March 2016. This followed directly on the heels of her newest album release, Full Circle. In this particular rendition she keeps her calm composure, standing in place and singing. “I love runnin’ barefoot through the old cornfields,” she croons to the audience.
At 84, Lynn has perfected her craft and kept her vocal chops miraculously on point. She still reigns like a queen over the Opry stage with a classic band backing her up.
Lynn released “You’re Lookin’ at Country” in 1971, one year after the smash success of “Coal Miner’s Daughter.” Rolling Stone points out that this particular tune is one of the earliest examples of full-on country pride. Lynn’s storytelling chops have held up through thick and thin.
In a recent interview on NPR, Lynn said she wrote “Honky Tonk Girl” while she “was leaning up against the old toilet out there on the West Coast, in Washington State.” Her first performance on the Opry stage was just a few months later in 1960. She’s still an Opry star 56 years later.