Loretta Lynn is country music incarnate, and that's not even a point worth arguing. Her 50th studio album, Still Woman Enough, marks her first new project since 2016's Full Circle, which trafficked heavily in the traditional and takes a similar approach: part time-capsule, part declaration of her legacy, and a little bit of "I ain't goin' nowhere!" attitude. This time, she's brought some younger friends along for the ride and declared this record a "celebration of women in country music." For a new album, though, the material is mostly old--some dating back nearly a century.
Loretta Lynn has broken enough ground in her career to make way for the paving of a few interstate highways. To say that her 50th album as a solo artist doesn't chart any new territory may be true. But at 88 years old, Lynn's voice remains strong and surrounded by a few friends she romps her way through a baker's dozen of traditional songs, her own classics, and one new song.