Country music icon Loretta Lynn is back and ready to release her long-awaited new album, Wouldn't It Be Great.
The record, which will drop on Sept. 28, will feature 13 new and reimagined songs written by the legend herself. Today, Lynn released the record's title track, a powerful and honest story song that was inspired by her nearly 50 year marriage to the late Oliver "Doolittle" Lynn.
"Well, my husband liked to drink a lot and that's where that song comes from," Lynn said about the song in a statement. "'Say you love me just one time, with a sober mind'... I always liked that song but I never liked to sing it around Doo."
"That song just always meant so much to me," Lynn's daughter and record co-producer Patsy Lynn Russell explained. "Because of the lyrics, you know, 'when my fancy lace couldn't turn your face,' it was just so powerful and was a song that needed to be recorded for this album with Loretta. It shows just how masterful my mom is with writing down her feelings."
Wouldn't It Be Great was recorded in Cash Cabin Studio in Hendersonville, Tennessee and was co-produced by Russell and John Carter Cash. The project will follow up the acclaimed 2016 Grammy-nominated Full Circle.
The record had an original release date of August 18, 2017, but was delayed after Lynn suffered a stroke on May 5, 2017. The 86-year-old icon also fractured her hip in January, but it's clear that health issues aren't going to stop her from doing what she loves.
"This new record means so much to me, but this last year I had to focus on my health and I decided to hold up the release," Loretta says. "I'm feelin' good and look forward to it comin' out. It was really important to me to be a part of it being released and I'm excited to celebrate with everybody!"
Loretta Lynn's Wouldn't It Be Great Track Listing
1. "Wouldn't It Be Great?" (written by Loretta Lynn)
2. "Ruby's Stool" (written by Loretta Lynn, Shawn Camp)
3. "I'm Dying for Someone to Live For" (written by Loretta Lynn, Shawn Camp)
4. "Another Bridge to Burn" (written by Loretta Lynn, Lola Jean Dillon)
5. "Ain't No Time to Go" (written by Loretta Lynn, Patsy Lynn Russell)
6. "God Makes No Mistakes" (written by Loretta Lynn)
7. "These Ole Blues" (written by Loretta Lynn, Patsy Lynn Russell)
8. "My Angel Mother" (written by Loretta Lynn)
9. "Don't Come Home a Drinkin'" (written by Loretta Lynn, Peggy Sue Wells)
10. "The Big Man" (written by Loretta Lynn, Shawn Camp)
11. "Lulie Vars" (Traditional, arrangement by Loretta Lynn)
12. "Darkest Day" (written by Loretta Lynn)
13. "Coal Miner's Daughter" (written by Loretta Lynn)