Loretta Lynn  has been a country star since her first single, "I'm A Honky Tonk Girl" reached the top 20 of the Country Songs chart in 1960. But it was her 1970 smash, "Coal Miner's Daughter," that became her most iconic. Now, forty years after it topped Country Songs and went on to become both a book and a movie, Lynn has remade her famous song with two other hitmaking women, none other than Sheryl Crow  and Miranda Lambert  and Billboard.com has it here for you to listen to, exclusively, days before you can hear it on the radio on Sept. 14 or anywhere else, as well as a brief Q&A with the country legend herself about remaking the song.
The new version of "Coal Miner's Daughter," which will be available as a digital single on Sept. 28, is the centerpiece of the upcoming Nov. 9 Columbia album, "Coal Miner's Daughter: A Tribute To Loretta Lynn" which celebrates Lynn's 50 years of making music with rock and country stars covering many of her hits. In addition to Lambert and Crow, Carrie Underwood, Faith Hill, Kid Rock, the White Stripes, Paramore, Alan Jackson and Steve Earle are among the artists Lynn hand-picked for the all-star project.
Why did you specifically want to collaborate with Sheryl Crow and Miranda Lambert on the reinterpretation of your most iconic song, "Coal Miner's Daughter"?
Loretta Lynn: I love Miranda and Sheryl and I really felt they both brought something different singing style wise to this song. Miranda is so country and has a sassiness to her you can hear it as soon as she sings her first line "my daddy worked all night in the Van Lear coal mine..."! Sheryl adds such a soulfulness to her lines. I loved both. I am so happy and proud they did the song with me.
"Coal Miner's Daughter" was recently added the the National Recording Registry. What do you think makes it such a treasure?
Can you believe that? I think that the song Coal Miner's Daughter, the book and my movie shined a light on coal mining and a different way of life a lot people did not know about.
Forty years later, do you still feel like a coal miner's daughter?
Well I am and will always be proud to be a coal miner's daughter.
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