In sad news, country music legend Loretta Lynn, 85, suffered a stroke on Thursday and has been hospitalized. CNN reports that Loretta was at her home in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee when it happened.
Her website released a statement saying that she’s “responsive” and expected to make a full recovery. Awesome. We need Loretta to stick around. The only endurable country music comes from old-school gals like her. And “endurable” is stretching it. I’d rather listen to Norwegian death metal than country, and those bands literally burn down churches and murder each other.
Loretta is going to have to postpone a few shows. I’m surprised by this, because country frontierswomen like her battle through rain, sleet, and snow to make sure the show goes on. There ain’t no canceling tours because everyone hates you or showing up insanely late (I have friends who are still waiting for Lauryn Hill to take the stage and it’s been two months). I saw Coal Miner’s Daughter. Loretta was in the middle of a nervous breakdown and still tried to put on a show. You’re probably going to see her using an IV pole to roll her hospital bed onto the stage and propping her guitar up on her food tray to perform.
Lynn has postponed two of her four upcoming shows, one in South Carolina on Saturday night, and one in Pennsylvania on May 12, according to a schedule on the website.
Back in February, Loretta spoke to Rolling Stone and was asked about the women’s marches and president Trump. A tv news junkie, Loretta’s fine with protesting, but felt that Madonna and Ashley Judd “got a little too far out” and needed to utilize “more class” and less bomb threats.
Ms. Lynn’s famous for her 1975 pro-birth control song “The Pill,” so she’s obviously attuned to women’s issues. Except for when it comes to President Cat Snatch. Oh, Loretta, no.
“I think they ought to leave him alone and let him do his job. That’s what I think. He’s up there and he’s the president. They need to help him, not hinder him. Everybody ought to pitch in and help, do everything they can to help the man.”
So, she’s not going to #resist anytime soon. Give her a break, she’s 85! She’s earned her right to have iffy opinions. Get well soon, Loretta!