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Coal Miner’s Daughter:

A Tribute to Loretta Lynn |


It’s been 50 years since Loretta Lynn made her chart debut with “I’m a Honky Tonk Girl” and 40 years since she scored a No. 1 country hit with her signature song, “Coal Miner’s Daughter.” So it’s a fitting time to pay tribute to the 76-year-old legend. As a testament to her decades of impact, this loving salute spans generations of country songbirds with stars such as Carrie Underwood, Faith Hill and Reba McEntire coming up strong. But the breadth of Lynn’s influence extends beyond Nashville with surprising turns by Paramore, Kid Rock and the White Stripes. The latter-whose frontman Jack White produced Lynn’s Grammy-winning last album, 2004’s Van Lear Rose-make one of the coolest twists with a gritty, garage-y spin on “Rated X.”


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Even with all the hits they’ve produced for others as the Neptunes, Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo continue to save some of their best beats for themselves in N.E.R.D. Reliably, there are ultra-funky grooves like the aptly titled “Hot-N-Fun” (with Nelly Furtado) and “Party People” (with T.I.). But they can also take you on a psychedelic trip with intoxicating tracks like “Hypnotize U.”