Loretta Lynn, the first lady of country music, returned earlier this month with Full Circle, her first studio album since 2004’s Grammy-winning and Jack White-assisted Van Lear Rose. The album is an excellent collection that, across 14 tracks, mixes Appalachian folk tunes culled from Lynn’s childhood in Butcher Hollow, Ky., with brand new songs, like “Who’s Gonna Miss Me?” At 83, her voice remains clear and crisp. Circle earned her the highest all-genre debut of her illustrious career when it bowed at No.19 on the Billboard 200.
Today, she’s sharing a beautiful video for “Lay Me Down,” her album-closing ballad with Willie Nelson.
When EW spoke to the icon in advance of the album, she said recording with her longtime friend was not without its challenges. “Willie sent a record to me to do the harmony and stuff — but I can’t harmonize with Willie Nelson!” she recalled. “He talks his songs. So I said, ‘You want me to do these, you wipe your voice off these and send ‘em back. I’ll do my part and then give it to you!’ I love the way it turned out.”