Loretta Lynn On Great Female Friendships

The legendary musician joins us on Biscuits & Jam.

Loretta Lynn
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Groundbreaking country music icon Loretta Lynn talks with host Sid Evans on Biscuits & Jam about cathead biscuits, her new album Still Woman Enough, and growing up in Butcher Hollow, Kentucky.

Get to Know Loretta Lynn

Nominated for 18 Grammys over her career and inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1988, Loretta Lynn is the most awarded female country artist of all time. Born and raised in Butcher Holler, Kentucky, and a songwriter since childhood, her hits like "Fist City" and "You Ain't Woman Enough" have become anthems for every generation that's followed. Her new album Still Woman Enough—Loretta's 50th studio record overall—finds this queen of country dueting with some lifetime friends and fellow stars like Tanya Tucker, Carrie Underwood, Reba McEntire, and Margo Price.

What Loretta Lynn Talks About in This Episode

  • Her husband's cat head biscuits
  • Her love of ballgowns
  • Recording her 50th studio album, Still Woman Enough
  • The women who inspired her singing

Quotes From Loretta Lynn

"You know, we didn't celebrate the holidays, honey. We didn't have a lot of food. And we didn't, we didn't have enough food to try to celebrate things, you know? We just cooked what we had and was happy to get what we had. And that's the way it was."

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"To write a song, I write about me a lot, you know? And, 'Coal Miner's Daughter,' I sat down on the back porch of the old home place and just looked up the hill and started—'Well, I was born a coal miner's daughter'—and I wrote the song. It's like writing a poem and, you know, no big deal. When you're hungry, you can find that you can do a lot of things that you didn't know you could do."

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"There wasn't that many women singing when I started. Yeah, it was all men. But we showed them."

"She comes to see me when she was a little tiny girl. Come out to see me sing when I was doing 'You Ain't Women Enough' in a place down in Georgia. And we've been together ever since. ... She's got a heart as big as anybody could guess. ... I love Tanya Tucker. She's my girl."

About Biscuits & Jam

In the South, talking about food is personal. It's a way of sharing your history, your family, your culture, and yourself. Each week Sid Evans, editor-in-chief of Southern Living, sits down with celebrity musicians to hear stories of how they grew up, what inspired them, and how they've been shaped by Southern culture. Sid takes us back to some of their most cherished memories and traditions, the family meals they still think about, and their favorite places to eat on the road.

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