Loretta Lynn planning to release two albums this year

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Legendary singer/songwriterLoretta Lynn, now 74 years old, hasn't released an album since 2004's Grammy-winning, critically-adored Van Lear Rose—a collaboration with Jack White. But 2009 is turning out to be especially fruitful for her, with two albums planned for release by the summer, in an ode to her prolific days in the '60s and '70s.

The first record, which will be a proper country album, could be done by late spring. "(A friend) told me: 'Loretta, don't quit writing, because if you do, no one in Nashville is writing songs,'" Lynn told Billboard. "I write about what's happening today and how I feel."

The second record will be re-recordings of her collection of No. 1 hits, including "Dear Uncle Sam" and a host of others. Lynn said the album will serve as a tribute to her fans, who zealously shout out requests during concerts. "I want to make sure that they get all the old No. 1 hits over the years," she says. "They holler for them."

Lynn went on to tell Billboard she keeps in touch with White, her Van Lear Rose producer. They don't see each other often, but Lynn plans to phone him soon and "see what the devil he's up to." Meanwhile, Lynn has a number of tour dates scheduled in the coming months (she's a busy lady). Head here to check them out.

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