Loretta Lynn Mines More Than Coal At BonnarooSOURCE JA / YouTube
Loretta Lynn earned a rapturous reception Saturday afternoon (June 11) at the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival, proving you don't have to be the Next Big Thing to draw an adoring crowd at the eclectic, four-day event southeast of Nashville.
At the mere mention of Conway Twitty's name, the crowd screamed like crazy -- not exactly what you'd expect at Bonnaroo. Lynn and Hanson sang a sped-up version of "Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man," then got part of the way into "Lead Me On" until Lynn sang the last line where the chorus should have been. When the band got temporarily flummoxed, she shrugged it off and told them, "That's it. I'm tired of this song."
"He can't stand not to sing," she teased, saying that he doesn't even know when to leave the stage so she can play her own show.
Lynn's feisty nature is well-suited to cheatin' and revenge songs like "Your Squaw Is on the Warpath." After she sang that one, she told the audience, "I wrote that about my husband. He never did listen to it, either." As a songwriter, she continued to exhibit her range with the heartbreaking "Dear Uncle Sam" and the defiant "Don't Come Home a Drinkin' (With Lovin' on Your Mind)." If you've ever argued that modern audiences don't care for the legends, the adoration in this show would have proved you completely wrong.