“You know, it was Jack White who told me years ago that I should play here,” said Loretta Lynn from the 9:30 Club stage Friday night. “I think next time I should bring him back with me.” But judging from the spontaneous audience singalongs that erupted throughout the country icon’s performance, it was pretty obvious that folks were just as happy with Lynn on her own.
Friday’s concert was definitely a family affair: Lynn’s son kicked the show off with a couple of songs, then sat in with the band, followed by her twin daughters doing a song or two. The singer finally took the stage to mad applause, looking regal in one of her signature floor-length dresses.
Now in her early 80s, Lynn still sounds formidable. She hit a lot of highlights from her storied discography, took requests from the audience, and partnered with a band member to sing a couple of duets, including “Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man.” Toward the end of the show, her band’s singers took lead on a few so she could sit down for a breather. But as she brought the house down with “Coal Miner’s Daughter,” you could tell that Loretta Lynn is one performer who doesn’t sit down for long.
See photos from the show in the gallery.