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Women of country music honor the late Loretta Lynn, who 'paved the way for so many'

Christi Carras, Los Angeles Times on

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LOS ANGELES — Dolly Parton, Kacey Musgraves, Reba McEntire, Martina McBride, Mickey Guyton, Sheryl Crow, LeAnn Rimes and other women in country music led an outpouring of tributes to trailblazing singer-songwriter Loretta Lynn, who died Tuesday at age 90 at her home in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee.

The country music and feminist icon was known for artfully communicating the experiences of the working class through her songs, especially her 1970 hit “Coal Miner’s Daughter.” The classic tune shared a title with her bestselling autobiography and the Oscar-winning biopic about Lynn’s rise from poverty to superstardom.

“So sorry to hear about my sister, friend Loretta,” Parton wrote in a statement. “We’ve been like sisters all the years we’ve been in Nashville and she was a wonderful human being, wonderful talent, had millions of fans and I’m one of them. I miss her dearly as we all will. May she rest in peace.”

“oh, sweet loretta lynn,” Rimes tweeted. “what a life! what an icon! what a trailblazer! what a beautiful soul! may she rest peacefully with the angels. my heart is with her family and friends.”

In a follow-up tweet, Rimes shared a video of herself covering Lynn’s 1975 reproductive-rights anthem about birth control, “The Pill.”

“loretta lynn paved the way for so many of us women in country music,” Rimes captioned the clip. “what a legacy she leaves behind.”

 

In a statement provided to Rolling Stone, McEntire said, “I always did and I always will love Loretta. She was always so nice to me. I sure appreciate her paving the rough and rocky road for all us girl singers.”

On Instagram, Crow posted a photo of herself sharing the stage with Lynn and wrote, “The news of Loretta Lynn’s passing just came across my news feed and time stopped. There will never be another like her. May she forever sing with the angels!!”

McBride also penned a love letter to Lynn on Instagram, where she expressed gratitude for all the time she spent and laughs she shared with the Grammy winner.

“It’s so hard to feel like you have the right words. I can hear Loretta saying ‘just take your time honey,’” McBride wrote.

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