The day before her 85th birthday, legendary singer and songwriter Loretta Lynn gave a gift to country music fans when she announced that she'll release a new album, "Wouldn't It Be Great," on Aug. 18.
The track list of "Wouldn't It Be Great" consists entirely of songs that Lynn wrote, co-wrote, or arranged. Some, like "I'm Dying for Someone to Live For" (co-written with Shawn Camp) are songs she hasn't recorded before. She also re-recorded new versions of a handful of classics, including 1966 chart-topper "Don't Come Home A-Drinkin' (With Lovin' on Your Mind)" and her signature song "Coal Miner's Daughter."
Lynn is playing sold out shows at the Ryman Auditorium on Friday and Saturday. She'll return to the historic venue for two more shows Aug. 25-26; each pair of tickets sold will come with a copy of "Wouldn't It Be Great."