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Loretta Lynn, White Christmas Blue

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Andrea Warner

Before 2016, Loretta Lynn’s last record was the critically acclaimed 2004 Jack White-collaboration, Van Lear Rose.

Now, the 84-year-old country music legend has released two albums this year: March’s Full Circle, and her new holiday album, White Christmas Blue.

It’s a followup, of sorts, 50 years in the making. Her first seasonal record, Country Christmas, came out in 1966, and featured a mix of originals and classic favourites. White Christmas Blue features one new song, the title track, co-written by Lynn and Shawn Camp (Garth Brooks, Brooks & Dunn), and new recordings of two originals — “To Heck With Ole Santa Claus” and “Country Christmas” — from the 1966 album.

"Christmas is what I miss most when I was a little kid," Lynn told CBC Music. "I’d like to go back to Kentucky and to that old Kentucky house and pop the popcorn on the grate over the fireplace. If you got two kernels that didn’t burn up, you were lucky! Mommy’d put the skillet over the fireplace and shake it and the lid would fly off and the popcorn would be in the barn and us kids would start running and try to find the popcorn because it would be popping everywhere. [Laughs] Christmas at our house, it wasn’t too easy."

Read more about Christmas with Loretta Lynn — including the secret behind her classic song "To Heck With Ole Santa Claus" — here.