Loretta Lynn releases her first new album in 12 years today. Titled Full Circle, the LP looks back on her career, with the Country Music Hall of Fame member reinterpreting hits like "Fist City" and covering standards like "Always on My Mind."
The record is the result of a number of inspired sessions at the Cash Cabin recording studio in Hendersonville, Tennessee, and was produced by Lynn's daughter Patsy Lynn Russell and John Carter Cash. Lynn tells Rolling Stone Country that she has a special kinship with the son of Johnny Cash and June Carter.
"I trust Johnny, because me and Johnny Cash and June was real, real close. I had to take care of her kids. When we were doing shows together, they'd hand me [John Carter], and say, 'Take care of the kids until I get off stage,'" she recalls. "So now he's recording me."
Lynn's life is also the subject of a new installment of PBS's American Masters. Still a Mountain Girl airs tonight.
"I ain't through yet," says Lynn of her creative output. She says recorded 90 songs with Cash and her daughter and aims to record more with Jack White, who produced her last album, Van Lear Rose, in 2004. "I have a few songs started. I think Jack White is gonna have to help me. I thought of a song title, 'She's Your Baby, Now Rock It.' I thought that'd be a little rock song me and him could write, because he says he can't write like me, and I'm gonna show him how."