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That's Dr. Loretta Lynn

Wednesday, February 14, 2007 – Loretta Lynn may be a coal miner's daughter, but soon she can put the word "Dr." before her name because she will receive a honorary doctorate from the Berklee School of Music in March.

Lynn will get an Honorary Doctorate of Music from the Boston school on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry during her performance on "Grand Ole Opry Live" on GAC: Great American Country, Saturday, March 17.

Each of the recipients of the Berklee Honorary Doctorate has made an enduring contribution to the world of contemporary music. Others receivin the honor were Duke Ellington - who received the first Berklee Honorary Doctorate in 1971 - Tony Bennett, Aretha Franklin, Quincy Jones, B.B. King, Marian McPartland, Bonnie Raitt, Earl Scruggs, Sting and Sarah Vaughan.

"Loretta Lynn's songs have squarely addressed real-life situations faced by many women, and she's used her artistry to deal openly with themes like loyalty, divorce, desire, and women's role in society before others in the country music industry," said Berklee College of Music President Roger Brown. "It's a privilege for us to bestow this honorary degree on Miss Lynn. Her honesty and willingness to stand her ground have helped to enlighten a society, and brought her millions of devoted fans in the bargain."

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CD review - White Christmas Blue There are some "country" stars that can't seem to make true country music. Then there are artists like Loretta Lynn that can't not create pure country music. Lynn's "White Christmas Blue" album may feel like a Christmas miracle to many traditional country fans. Take Lynn's version of "Away in a Manger," for which Lynn is listed as arranger, for example. It features a lovely Paul Franklin steel guitar solo. "Blue Christmas" is best ...
CD review - Full Circle Loretta Lynn shows no signs of slowing down at 83. "Full Circle" is her first album since her extremely well-received Jack White-produced "Van Lear Rose," a 2004 masterpiece. Some of the 14 songs on "Full Circle" are new recordings, while a few ("Fist City," "Secret Love" and "Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven") are new versions. Others are old songs ("Black Jack David, "Always On My Mind," "In the Pines") that Lynn ...
Johnny Cash had his Rick Rubin, and it seems that Loretta Lynn has hers in the form of Jack White of the White Stripes. And that means an album of lots of excellent music with all 13 songs penned by Lynn. Lynn looks to her family past and her own career for inspiration for several songs (the title track, "High on a Mountain Top" about working the coal mines and the "folks know what they've got" and "Story of My Life"). She also isn't afraid to tell off a woman who interfered with her family's ...

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