Loretta Lynn Revisits Old (And New) On Wouldn’t It Be Great

Loretta Lynn’s Wouldn’t It Be Great is out now. Photo courtesy David McClister

Loretta Lynn has just released her 41st album: Wouldn’t It Be Great. The album features all songs written by Lynn over the years that she has decided to re-work for a more contemporary feel. The title track is a perfect example of where Lynn wants to take these new versions. Originally released in the early 80’s, Lynn redid the song for the album she did in the early 90’s with Tammy Wynette and Dolly Parton.

Each version of the song begins the same way before breaking free and developing its own personality. Lynn obviously keeps finding inspiration from the song and wants to share those feelings with us all.

The album is produced by her daughter Patsy Lynn Russell and John Carter Cash, each the offspring of two of the biggest luminaries in Country music. As a result, the album has a very familial feel to it. It’s like sitting around the parlor singing with your kin and that’s something we could all benefit from these days.

The album was originally scheduled to be released in the summer of 2017, but some health scares postponed the release until now. Fortunately for us all, the music is now available. 

Here are the six songs from the album previously recorded by Lynn:

  • “Wouldn’t It Be Great?” from 1985’s Just a Woman and 1993’s Honky Tonk Angels
  • “Don’t Come Home a Drinkin'” from 1967’s Don’t Come Home A Drinkin’
  • “Darkest Day” from 1966’s You Ain’t Woman Enough
  • “God Makes No Mistakes” from 2004’s Van Lear Rose
  • “My Angel Mother” from 1968’s Here’s Loretta Lynn
  • “Coal Miner’s Daughter” from 1970’s Coal Miner’s Daughter