Patty Loveless has been one of the most popular female country singers since her breakout album in 1986.
She has charted more than 40 singles, had five Number Ones, recorded 14 albums, and has been a Grand Ole Opry member since 1988. Recently, she took part in a very special moment during PBS' live music series Austin City Limits (ACL).
ACL documents live performances at the famed music festival. The season premiere covered the ACL Hall of Fame celebration.
The event featured performances by Vince Gill, Loveless, Lyle Lovett, and more paying tribute to the new inductees. These inductees included Asleep at the Wheel, Guy Clark, Flaco Jimenez, Loretta Lynn, and Townes Van Zandt.
Loveless had the honor of paying tribute to the legendary Loretta Lynn, who happens to be her distant cousin, with her signature song, "Coal Miner's Daughter."
"Coal Miner's Daughter" was released in 1969 by Lynn and went on to become her signature song. It also provided the basis for her autobiography and movie about her life. The song tells the story of a young girl growing up in Butcher Holler, while her father works long hours in the Van Lear coal mine.
Well I was born the coal miner's daughter in a cabin on a hill in Butcher Holler
We were poor but we had love that's the one thing that daddy made sure of
He shovel coal to make a poor man's dollar
My daddy worked all night in the Vanleer coal mine all day long in the field hoein' corn
Mommie rocked the baby that night and read the Bible by the coal oil light
And everything would start all over come break of morn
Daddy loved and raised eight kids on a miner's pay
Mommie scrubbed our clothes on a washboard everyday
Why I've seen her fingers bleed to complain there was no need
She's smiled in mommie's understanding way
In the summertime we didn't have shoes to wear
But in the wintertime we'd all get a brand new pair
From a mail order catalog money made by selling a hog
Daddy always managed to get the money somewhere
Yeah I'm proud to be a coal miner's daughter
I remember well the well where I drew water
The work we done was hard at night we'd sleep cause we were tired
I never thought I'd ever leave the Butcher Holler
But a lots of things have changed since the way back then
And it's so good to be back home again
Not much left but the floor nothing lives there anymore
Just the mem'ries of a coal miner's daughter
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