Loretta Lynn

Critic's Pick Release Date: 2010-06-16

Just how badass is Loretta Lynn? To find out, we compared the titles of her late ’60s/ early ’70s singles with those of current country pop tart Taylor Swift. In Swift’s corner: “Teardrops on My Guitar,” “Should’ve Said No,” “Our Song,” “You Belong With Me.” In Lynn’s: “Don’t Come Home A’ Drinkin’ (With Lovin’ on Your Mind),” “Your Squaw Is on the Warpath,” “Fist City,” “The Pill,” “Rated X.” Home-schooled cheerleader Swift sings unrequited-love weepers and abstinence-only anthems in 2010; coalminer’s daughter Lynn offered an image of assertive sexuality and feminism aggressive unto racial insensitivity back in the days when Lady Gaga (whose outsized fashion sense has got nothing on Lynn’s famously insane dresses) would’ve been forced to testify in front of a Congressional committee. Lynn even recorded a Christmas song entitled “To Heck With Ole Santa Claus,” for Pete’s sake. Back in 1968, that shit was as controversial as Caligula soundtracked by the Marshall Mathers LP. She was still making critics’ best-of lists as recently as 2004’s Van Lear Rose, and even though she turned 75 in April, you’re still not woman enough to take her man. Go to pay tribute to a true legend, stay to watch her take on all comers afterwards in a no-holds-barred parking-lot knife fight. $40-$70, 7pm Sat, Jun 19, The Majestic Theatre, 224 E. Houston, (210) 226-3333, majesticempire.com

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