TV: PBS’ “American Masters” Does Loretta Lynn [Berkshire On Stage]
Inducted into more music Halls of Fame than any female recording artist to date, Loretta Lynn (born April 14, 1932) has earned four Grammy Awards, Kennedy Center Honors and a Presidential Medal of Freedom, and sold more than 45 million records worldwide. Still going strong after more than 50 years, “The Queen of Country Music” is now the subject of the new documentary “Loretta Lynn: Still a Mountain Girl,” premiering at 9pm on Friday (March 4) on PBS-TV during Women’s History Month as part of the 30th anniversary season of the “American Masters” series. The world premiere broadcast is the same day as the release of Lynn’s first new studio album in over 10 years, Full Circle (Legacy Recordings).
With unprecedented access to Lynn, her family and archives, “Still a Mountain Girl” features never-before-seen home movies, performances and photos, as well as insightful interviews with her friends and fellow musicians, including Jack White (producer of Lynn’s Grammy-winning album Van Lear Rose), Sheryl Crow, Willie Nelson, Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood, Reba McEntire, Miranda Lambert and Bill Anderson. The documentary also features never-before-seen footage of Lynn in the studio with producer John Carter Cash, as she records Full Circle and other new songs at the Cash Cabin Studio in Hendersonville, Tennessee. Filming with Lynn, her family and business team also took place at her ranch and other locations in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee, the community she formed as a re-creation of her Appalachia birthplace, Butcher Hollow, Kentucky, where she was raised in poverty. Other interviewees include Sissy Spacek, who starred as Lynn in the Oscar-winning biographical film of her life, “Coal Miner’s Daughter” (based on Lynn’s 1976 autobiography), and its director Michael Apted.