The country icon returns with her follow-up to 2016's 'Full Circle.'
A new Loretta Lynn album is on the way, the icon’s label announced Thursday. Wouldn’t It Be Great, the latest from her Cash Cabin Sessions, will drop via Sony’s Legacy Recordings imprint on Aug. 18 (though fans can pre-order now).
Produced by Lynn’s daughter Patsy Lynn Russell and longtime family friend John Carter Cash (son of the legendary Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash), the set is featured as “one of the most deeply personal albums of her career,” according to a release.
When EW spoke to Lynn in 2016 in advance of her most recent album, Full Circle, she described the studio sessions with Cash and Russell as idyllic. “There was nothing strenuous about it,” she said. “We’d have a little break every bit and have a picnic. I’d have my cup of coffee, we’d be with our families—and then go back right into it.”
Lynn, one of the American songbook’s most revered scribes, has writing credits on each of the upcoming tracks. Like her stellar 2016 release, Great will include brand new tunes — titles include “Ruby’s Stool,” “Ain’t No Time To Go,” and “I’m Dying For Someone To Live For” — alongside old favorites from her canon, like “Coal Miner’s Daughter” and “Don’t Come Home A’ Drinkin’ (With Lovin’ On Your Mind),” reinterpreted with a new perspective and, often, a new musical arrangement. Great also includes a re-recording of “God Makes No Mistakes,” from her 2004 team-up with Jack White, the Grammy-winning Van Lear Rose. A full track list is below.
“I think you try to do better with every record you put out,” Lynn said of the upcoming LP in a release. “It’s just everyday living — and everybody wants to know, ‘Well, what is it about your songs that people like?’ I think you’ve got to tell your stories. I just think it hits everybody, you know, the songs.”
Lynn, who turns 85 on April 14, is celebrating her milestone with two celebratory performances at Nashville’s fabled Ryman Auditorium on April 14 and 15. She will headline the venue again on Aug. 25 and Aug. 26. Ticketing information is available on the Ryman website.
Wouldn’t It Be Great Track List
Wouldn’t It Be Great – (Loretta Lynn)
Ruby’s Stool – (Loretta Lynn, Shawn Camp)
I’m Dying for Someone to Live For – (Loretta Lynn, Shawn Camp)
Another Bridge to Burn – (Loretta Lynn, Lola Jean Dillon)
Ain’t No Time to Go – (Loretta Lynn, Patsy Lynn Russell)
God Makes No Mistakes – (Loretta Lynn)
These Ole Blues (Loretta Lynn, Patsy Lynn Russell)
My Angel Mother — (Loretta Lynn)
Don’t Come Home a Drinkin’ – (Loretta Lynn, Peggy Sue Wells)
The Big Man – (Loretta Lynn, Shawn Camp)
Lulie Vars – (Traditional, arrangement by Loretta Lynn)
Darkest Day – (Loretta Lynn)
Coal Miner’s Daughter – (Loretta Lynn)
The indefatigable star is currently on tour. A full list of dates is below.
Apr 14 Ryman Auditorium Nashville, TN
Apr 15 Ryman Auditorium Nashville, TN
Apr 21 Tilles Center Concert Hall Brookville, NY
Apr 22 The Tarrytown Music Hall Tarrytown, NY
May 05 Carolina Theatre Durham, NC
May 06 Alabama Theater North Myrtle Beach, SC
May 12 Penn’s Peak Jim Thorpe, PA
May 13 Beacon Theatre Richmond, VA
May 27 Loretta Lynn Ranch Hurricane Mills, TN
Jun 09 Packard Music Hall Warren, OH
Jun 10 Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort Mt. Pleasant, MI
Jun 23 The Joint at Hard Rock Tulsa, OK
Jun 24 Sugar Creek Casino Hinton, OK
Jul 01 Loretta Lynn Ranch Hurricane Mills, TN
Jul 07 Hoyt Sherman Place Des Moines, IA
Jul 08 Washington Pavilion Sioux Falls, SD
Jul 22 Treasure Island Resort & Casino Welch, MN
Aug 25 Ryman Auditorium Nashville, TN**
Aug 26 Ryman Auditorium Nashville, TN**
Sep 02 Loretta Lynn Ranch Hurricane Mills, TN
Sep 08 Rialto Square Theatre Joliet, IL
Sep 09 Shipshewana Event Center Shipshewana, IN
Sep 23 Ovens Auditorium Charlotte, NC
Oct 14 Andy Williams Theatre Branson, MO
Oct 15 Andy Williams Theatre Branson, MO
Oct 27 Tower Theatre Philadelphia, PA
Oct 28 Seneca Allegany Casino Salamanca, NY
Nov 03 The Mahaffey Theater Saint Petersburg, FL
Nov 04 Broward Center Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Nov 18 Renfro Valley Entertainment Center Mount Vernon, KY
** Each pair of tickets purchased for these shows will include a copy of Loretta Lynn’s new album, Wouldn’t It Be Great.