The recording came about as part of the 2010 tribute album to Lynn, Coal Miner’s Daughter: A Tribute to Loretta Lynn. In addition to Crow and Lambert, some of the biggest names in music came together to honor Lynn including Carrie Underwood, Gretchen Wilson, Faith Hill and many more.
The album sold over 24,000 copies within the first week of it’s release, debuting at No.14 on Billboard’s Top Country albums as well No.46 on the all genre Top 200. The album’s release was in celebration of Lynn reaching the 50 year mark since she joined the music industry.
“I’m not even believing this is my life today,” shared an excited Lambert. “I’ve been trying not to cry all day, I love both these women.”
While many artists were apart of the album, Lambert and Crow’s track was the only one the First Lady herself decided to join in on, which is fitting seeing as “Coal Miner’s Daughter” is widely considered her signature song.
“What I say about country music that I really like is that it’s always about real life, and real people, and real problems, and real love, and real happiness,” said Lambert. “Everything is a reality in country music, and Loretta is a perfect example of that. She wrote about the good times, the bad times, cheatin’… It’s the epitome of what country is. She’s such a huge deal for women in country, she’s the reason I have a career!”
The feeling is definitely mutual between the two musicians, The Coal Miner’s Daughter going on to praise Lambert, saying she’s such “a great little singer.” Lynn released “Coal Miner’s Daughter” as an autobiographical country song in 1970, telling the story of her childhood growing up as one of eight children “on a miner’s pay.”
“Coal Miner’s Daughter” was a career defining track for Lynn, even going on to have a book and later a film named after it. Surprisingly, the song was a slow climb on the country airwaves, taking the better half of 1970 to climb to No.1 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles.
The collaboration between Lambert, Lynn, and Crow is nothing shy of greatness. Their voices flow flawlessly together, Lynn taking the lead on the song before Lambert takes over in the second verse with Crow transitioning in for the third verse, closing out the song with a beautifully done harmony between the three women.
You can watch the behind the scenes video below as well as their cover of “Coal Miner’s Daughter”!