WILLIAMSPORT — Loretta Lynn is coming to the Community Arts Center in Williamsport on Nov. 15.
Tickets range from $40-60 and are available at www.caclive.com or at the Box Office located at 220 W. Fourth St., downtown Williamsport, or call (570) 326-2424 or (800) 432-9382.
Lynn arrived on the country music scene in 1960 with her debut single, “I’m a Honky Tonk Girl.” She signed her first recording contract on Feb. 1, 1960, and within a matter of weeks, she was at her first recording session.
“To make it in this business, you either have to be first, great or different,” says Lynn. “And I was the first to ever go into Nashville, singin’ it like the women lived it.”
“She’s the spokesman for the ladies,” observed the late producer Owen Bradley at Decca Records. “Loretta had a lot of different ideas, and they were very fresh. Women’s lib was also coming on at that time. You have to be in the right place at the right time. And I think Loretta was standing right there.”
In 1967, she began picking up various Female Vocalist of the Year trophies. The industry showered her with BMI songwriting honors, Gold record plaques, a Grammy Award and other accolades. In 1972, she became the first woman in history to win the Country Music Association’s Entertainer of the Year trophy.
Lynn published a second memoir, “Still Woman Enough,” in 2002. She was honored at the Kennedy Center in 2003 and the following year won two Grammy Awards for “Van Lear Rose,” a collaboration with rocker Jack White. Also in 2004, she published a book of recipes and anecdotes titled “You’re Cookin’ It Country.” She was inducted into the national Songwriters Hall of Fame in New York in 2008 and won a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010.