On April 3, country music legend Loretta Lynn released a new book chronicling her friendship with another hero of the genre, Patsy Cline. Entitled Me & Patsy Kickin’ Up Dust: My Friendship with Patsy Cline, the book is an endearing portrait of a relationship that not only changed the course of the singers’ careers, but also the trajectory of country. Dolly Parton has provided the foreword. (Last year, Cline and Lynn’s friendship was dramatized in the television film Patsy and Loretta, starring Megan Hilty and Jessie Mueller as the two country stars.) An audiobook version is also available, appropriately read by Loretta’s daughter named after her late friend, Patsy Lynn.
To mark the occasion, Loretta also released a new cover of Patsy’s staple “I Fall to Pieces.” The classic holds special meaning for Loretta. In 1961, she dedicated a radio performance of the song to Cline who was recuperating in a hospital following a car accident. Lynn later visited Cline and the pair became close friends until the latter’s untimely death on March 5, 1963 at the age of 30.
Nearly six decades on, the inimitable Loretta Lynn revisits the song that began their relationship. The new recording was recorded at the Cash Cabin Studio in Hendersonville, Tennessee and produced by Patsy Lynn Russell and John Carter Cash. Cash also produced Lynn’s recent Grammy-nominated album, Full Circle, as well as 2018’s Wouldn’t It Be Great, with its Grammy-nominated title track.