With Loretta Lynn back in the music headlines, one of her rare performances is also resurfacing. Watch the country music legend join forces with Jack White on "The Late Show with David Letterman" by playing the video above, and then get tickets to see Loretta Lynn live here at AXS.
Lynn appeared on "The Late Show" back in 2004 to promote her comeback album Van Lear Rose. The producer on that album was White, and the Country Music Hall of Famer insisted that he perform with her on "Portland, Oregon," the record's second song. White told CMT that the song was never supposed to be a duet, but that Lynn wanted him to sing with her. So a change was made, and "Portland, Oregon" went on to be a smash hit.
It was released as the second single from Van Lear Rose in September 2004 and won the duo a Grammy Award for Best Country Collaboration with Vocals the following year. It was also nominated for a Grammy as Best Country Song and was named one of the best songs of the 2000s by Pitchfork Media.
But as Rolling Stone notes, Lynn and White only performed together a handful of times while promoting the album, including their appearance on "The Late Show." And in watching the video, you can understand why the song - and their collaboration - captured people's attention. The two of them are both incredibly talented musicians, but it's also clear that they have a tremendous amount of respect for one another. There's a genuine warmth that they exude toward each other during the performance, and even though it's 15 years old now, it still holds up as a beautiful piece of music.
Lynn will celebrate her 87th birthday by hosting the All-Star Birthday Celebration Concert, featuring a star-studded lineup of other country music performers who are all paying tribute to her. It includes George Strait, Garth Brooks, Miranda Lambert, Darius Rucker and many more. The show takes place Monday, April 1 at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee and tickets are on sale now through the AXS event page. Ticket prices and more information are available on the event page.
For more on Loretta Lynn, including tickets to her upcoming concerts, visit her artist page at AXS.