I was listening to Led Zeppelin earlier and now I have switched gears. After Loretta Lynn passed away I spent the night listening to her Van Lear Rose album and finding again how great that album is. I would recommend taking a listen to this song. It works for country, rock, and pop. I love the opening line… Well, Portland, Oregon and sloe gin fizz, If that ain’t love then tell me what is, uh huh, uh huh.
She did a lot for women in the business and paved the way for later stars. Songs like The Pill and X Rated were largely ignored by country radio at the time but that didn’t stop them from hitting #1. She was one of the best songwriters in country history.
The White Stripes dedicated their 2001 album, ”White Blood Cells,” to her and she found out about them. Jack was still with the White Stripes at the time, but he approached her backstage and the two had a conversation that led to him following Lynn home to Tennessee and making an album with her.
They recorded and released this album in 2004. She wrote this song years before about a romance that wasn’t…she pretended to have a romance with her guitar player at the time to make her cheating husband jealous.
This one is a duet between Jack and her and it’s great. As I said yesterday…if modern country was like this…I would listen. Their voices go really well with each other. Country radio would not play it but the album still peaked at #2 on the Country Charts and #24 on the Billboard 200 in 2004. They didn’t win any country music awards but came away with two Grammys.
jack White must have liked Nashville because, in 2009, White opened the doors to his very own Nashville-based record label, Third Man Records.
Jack White: “I said when I was first asked about her what I thought and I said years ago that I thought she was the greatest female singer-songwriter of the 20th century. I still believe that, she was such an incredible presence and such a brilliant genius in ways that I think only people who got to work with her might know about. What she did for feminism, women’s rights in a time period, in a genre of music that was the hardest to do it in, that’s just outstanding and will live on for a long time.”
The top video is Lynn and White receiving a Grammy… I would recommend watching the Letterman show version of the song at the bottom. The youtube police took the good quality one away but I found another. I like how White and the band make a LONG build-up…and the anticipation mounts before Lynn comes on. Jack White has that country band really rocking. Their voices sound so good in this song.
The video below is Lynn and White winning a Grammy…its really funny.
Well, Portland, Oregon and sloe gin fizzIf that ain’t love then tell me what is, uh huh, uh huh Well I lost my heart, it didn’t take no time But that ain’t all, I lost my mind in Oregon
In a booth in the corner with the lights down lowI was movin’ in fast, she was takin’ it slow, uh huh, uh huh Well, I looked at her and caught him lookin’ at me I knew right then we were playin’ free in Oregon
Next day, we knew last night got drunkBut we loved enough for the both of us, uh huh, uh huh In the morning when the night had sobered up It was much too late for the both of us in Oregon
Well, sloe gin fizz works mighty fastWhen you drink it by the pitcher and not by the glass, uh huh, uh huh Hey bartender, before you close Pour us one more drink and a pitcher to go
And a pitcher to go(And a pitcher to go) And a pitcher to go (And a pitcher to go)
And a pitcher to go(And a pitcher to go) Yeah
And a pitcher to goAnd a pitcher to go