Country music is full of iconic names I know, without ever knowingly hearing a note of their music. I think that’s because country music can get such a bad wrap and be extremely polarizing. Those iconic names have huge, globe spanning followings who buy enough records for them to infiltrate pop culture. But they also have just as many vocal detractors, so it’s easy to get caught up in that hype too, and never give them a chance. Which is probably why I know the name Loretta Lynn, without being able to name a single one of her songs. I’m not sure how her career started, but now I know how it ended, with Van Lear Rose.
Like the best country songs, the title track tells a story. A story about a woman who’s the dream of every man in her small town, and the one man who was lucky enough to woo her. It’s even a story complete with a great little twist at the end about who the couple in the song went on to become. It’s the kind of story that matches the slide guitar and country drawl of the vocals perfectly. (more…)