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Loretta Lynn
Riverside Theater
Milwaukee, WI
December 4, 2010
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Story and photos by Gypsy Davey

The soon to be 76 year old Loretta Lynn finished her 2010 tour with a stop in Milwaukee. Daughter's Peggy and Patsy Lynn kicked off the evening with a couple of duets, warming the stage for their Mother to come. Under a single spot glowed an angel; gracefully, Butcher Hollow's Loretta Lynn took center stage.

The evening was set up to be an impromptu affair, with requests bellowed out in the hopes that they would be covered. "Holler out what you wanna hear, and I'll do it," the now seated Loretta invited. Seated due to the dizzying lights, she attempted to replace the glare on her eyes by requesting that black lights be used. "Make 'em black," she said in jest. Loretta sure has a way with a crowd. She's a genuine article. What would you expect from a woman with 50 years in the Country music business.

With ten number 1 albums and sixteen number 1 hits, she offered up one hell of a set list with ease. It was us that were dizzied by her set of hits. Songs like "Here I Am Again," "Fist City," and "She's Got You" started off her string of classics before being joined by her band leader Bart Hansen, playing the part of Conway Twitty for the 2-song duet's of "Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man" and "Lead Me On." In a humorous style, a humbled Loretta set silent as Bart carried her lines playing equal parts Louisiana Woman and Mississippi Man. After apologizing for forgetting her lines Loretta challenged the audience by saying, "Let's play whatever you think I know." Charming her way through another misstep was during the band's intro to "Blue Kentucky Girl," where after the first few bars she said, "Well, I don't know what they're playing, but it sounds pretty good, don't it?"

After performing "Your Squaw Is On The Warpath," the backup singers stepped into the spotlight providing a bit of rest for Lynn, and delivered the bluegrass classic "I Am A Man Of Constant Sorrow" and "Everybody Wants To Go To Heaven," before Loretta performed her last two songs of 2010, "Where No One Stands Alone" and finishing the evening with "Coal Miners Daughter."

A fantastic evening! Even at an hour and twenty minutes, more was piled into that condensed slot than most meandering acts of recent memory.

Additional songs played (not covered in the review)

"One's On The Way"
" Somebody Somewhere (Don't Know What He's Missin' Tonight)"
"Don't Come Home A Drinkin' (With Lovin' On Your Mind)"
"Dear Uncle Sam"
"Honky Tonk Girl"
"Love Is The Foundation"
"Where No One Stands Alone"

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