David Brendan Hall for Austin Chronicle
A true country legend, Loretta Lynn has been issuing hits to the country charts for over 50 years and doesn’t show any signs of stopping!
At 83-years-old, one of the most influential female country artists in the history of country music still hangs on to that spunky and sassy attitude that fueled the fire that had her writing controversial hits like “Rated X” and “The Pill”.
Following the launch of her 47th studio album, Full Circle, Loretta took to the stage during SXSW in Austin, Texas to play both some of the old and some of the new for fans, and they surely got the performance of a lifetime!
While this true living legend has gotten older and wiser, most people’s instinct is to actually question her age – because at 83-years-old she does not show it!
Loretta’s voice maintains that incredible strength that got her to the top of the charts, and she hangs onto that pure sassiness that makes Loretta, Loretta.
The award-winning superstar drew a hefty crowd for her showcase at Stubb’s BBQ and she wasn’t afraid to take the set list into her own hands!
“Well, whatever you wanna hear, holler it out,” she tells the sea of people. “If I don’t know it, you can come up here and sing it yourself!”
With that, the requests for her old hits started rolling in. When she was done with “Fist City”, “You’re Lookin’ At Country”, “When A Tingle Becomes A Chill”, “You Ain’t Woman Enough”, and (of course) “Coal Miner’s Daughter”, a diehard fan asked for something from her latest album.
Loretta voiced her choice for the next song to be “Everybody Wants To Go To Heaven”, but as the video shows – her band was a step or two behind her! She gave them a few bars to realize their mistake before calling them on the carpet.
“You better listen to me,” she said to the band. “Or y’all gonna be playing for someone else next week!” As an aside to the audience, she added, “You’ve never seen me come to Texas and not act up!”
In true Loretta fashion, she commands the room (literally) and sends the audience rolling with her sassy style during a truly magical performance!
Watch the video below to see 83-year-old Loretta in action during her show at SXSW 2016!