As the buzz of neon lights replaces the heat of the blazing sun after a hard day's work, it's reassuring to know that the voice cryin' from the jukebox about rocky romances, tough times and lasting love isn't just another product of the machinations of the recording industry. Born a coal miner's daughter, Loretta Lynn traded outhouses and coal dust in Butcher Hollow, Kentucky, for glamour and glitz at the Grand Ole Opry. Over her 45-year career as a singer-songwriter, Lynn's charted more than 70 hits, and early on she gained a reputation for penning such sassy songs as "You Ain't Woman Enough (to Take My Man)," "You've Just Stepped In (From Stepping Out on Me)" and, her first No. 1 hit, "Don't Come Home A-Drinkin' (With Lovin' on Your Mind)." She does love her some parentheses...Parentheses and Jack White of The White Stripes. He produced her 2004 album Van Lear Rose, and whatever you think of White, he did for Lynn what Rick Rubin did for Johnny Cash. Van Lear Rose won the honky-tonk girl two Grammys, including one for Best Country Album. Saturday at 8 p.m., Lynn will play at Bass Performance Hall, Fourth and Calhoun streets in Fort Worth. Tickets range from $47.50 to $57.50. For tickets, visit basshall.com.
Sat., June 14, 8 p.m., 2008