Loretta Lynn Believes Country Music Is ‘Dead’

Country music pioneer Loretta Lynn has a strong opinion on the state of country music and she isn’t afraid to…

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Lauren Jo Black

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January 30, 2020

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Country music pioneer Loretta Lynn has a strong opinion on the state of country music and she isn’t afraid to share it.

During a recent appearance on Martina McBride Vocal Point podcast, the legendary entertainer, 87, held nothing back when sharing her true thoughts on today’s country music. She even went as far as saying she believes the genre is “dead.”

“They’ve already let it [die],” Lynn told McBride. “I think it’s dead. I think it’s a shame. I think it’s a shame to let a type of music die. I don’t care what any kind of music it is. Rock, country, whatever. I think it’s a shame to let it die, and I’m here to start feeding it.”

When McBride acknowledged that Lynn seemed “mad” about the situation, she said, “Yeah. I’m getting mad about it. I am. Because it’s ridiculous.”

“I’m not happy at all,” the groundbreaking singer/songwriter confessed. “I think that they’re completely losing it. And I think that’s a sad situation because we should never let country music die. I think that every type of music should be saved, and country is one of the greatest. It’s been around, as far as I’m concerned, longer than any of it.”

Loretta Lynn is one of the most celebrated female artists of all time and has sold over 45 million records worldwide. Best known for her hit “Coal Miner’s Daughter,” Lynn has 16 chart-topping singles to her name and has won a total of four Grammy awards.

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for Answers.com and her work being featured on Forbes.com. She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.