Loretta Lynn's Sunday night performance at the Koger Center resembled an all-request hour more than a typical concert.
And this made her show especially endearing, even if she had trouble re-membering the words to some of her songs. Several times she had to be keyed into songs by members of her band (and once by someone in the audience), but it never shook her confidence. She turned the memory lapses into a joke.
"Take it away boys, and I'll try to hang on," she said.
But, hey, she was taking requests, which gave the show an unrehearsed yet intimate sheen.
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When Lynn did get the words right, she sang with power and intrigue, her voice a magnificent invitation into moments that most of us share only with our closest friends.
"Don't Come Home A Drinkin' (With Lovin' On Your Mind)," "When The Tin-gle Becomes A Chill" and "You Ain't Woman Enough (To Take My Man)" re-tained their expressiveness, though Lynn remained seated for a large portion of the show.
Of course she sang her ubiquitous hit, "Coal Miner's Daughter." If any-thing else, we saw that Lynn hasn't changed much because of stardom.
She's still talks freely about her life, has a sense of humor and is,
That would probably describe a large percentage of the audience, making Lynn come off like she's one of us.