Since news spread of Loretta Lynn’s passing earlier today at 90, friends and fans across the music industry have shared sentiments echoing her influence and lasting impact—not just in country music, but in the medium itself.
Dolly Parton called Lynn her “sister,” “a wonderful human being,” and a “wonderful talent.” Reba McEntire said she reminded her of her mother, and thanked her for “paving the rough and rocky road for all us girl singers.” Margo Price—who recently joined Lynn on a new version of her 1971 classic “One’s on the Way”—said that if it weren’t for Lynn that she wouldn’t be making country music, and her writing “was as real as the day is long and she didn’t take no shit.” And Jack White recorded a heartfelt video tribute, saying Lynn “was like a mother figure to me” and “the greatest female singer-songwriter of the 20th century.”
“Today is a sad day,” Sissy Spacek—who won an Oscar for her portrayal of Lynn in 1980’s Coal Miner’s Daughter—said in a statement (via Deadline). “The world lost a magnificent human being. Loretta Lynn was a great artist, a strong and resilient country music pioneer and a precious friend. I am heartbroken. I send my deepest sympathies to her wonderful family, her friends, and her loyal fans.”
Kacey Musgraves, Miranda Lambert, Hayley Williams, Wynonna Judd, Blake Shelton, George Strait, Tim McGraw, K.D. Lang, Susanna Hoffs, Trace Adkins, Ken Burns, Carole King, Carrie Underwood, and Barbara Mandrell all wrote tributes to the late icon, speaking to Lynn’s influence and character.
Read Pitchfork’s “Afterword” feature “Remembering Loretta Lynn, Who Helped Make Country a Place Where Women Can Speak Their Minds.”