Country Music Game-Changer: Loretta Lynn


Eight Second Angel boots is proud to honor the roots of country music and the hard-working, independent women who played a part in making country music what it is today. 

Loretta Lynn, for being a coal miner’s daughter from deep in the heart of  Kentucky sure did rustle some feathers in her heyday. “Rated X,” “The Pill,” “You Ain’t Woman Enough,” “Don’t Come Home a Drinkin’ (With Lovin’ on Your Mind),” and “Your Squaw Is on the Warpath” are only a snapshot of Lynn’s legacy of creating music for hard-working women and the people who love them.

Lynn has sold more than 45 million records worldwide, including 16 No. 1 singles. She is one of six women (and was the first) to be named Entertainer of the Year by the Country Music Association and was the first female country music star to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. She’s also a recipient of the prestigious Kennedy Center Honor. In 2013 Lynn received the country’s highest honor for a civilian– the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Following Kitty Wells’ ground-breaking pioneer work, Lynn picked up the baton and trekked an equally-remarkable path to greatness. Lynn was a champion of real stories about the blue-collar working class in way that had never been done before and has only been attempted since. While her influences (from the Carter Family to Minnie Pearl) can certainly be heard, sonically, she drove the format into a new modern direction. A direction heard today in music across all genres.

What sets Lynn apart, too, is her precisely-cut lyricism, imagery and her down-home charisma. She represents every working-class American family who dreams of bigger things. Lynn married young and used her life stories to inspire her music. She taught herself to play guitar. She pushed social boundaries and musical boundaries without losing fans. Her music spoke to fans in a different way than say, Dolly Parton or Reba McEntire (same themes and stories, but a little more pop) and that is a part of her brand that has allowed Lynn and her music to stand the test of time.

There is no other female country soloist quite like Lynn. Her catalog might not be as mass-appealing or commercially-focused as her contemporaries, but her powerful messages are certainly as universal.