Wouldn't It Be Great
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Wouldn't It Be Great
Wouldn't It Be Great
Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 28, 2018
LabelSony Legacy
Loretta Lynn chronology
White Christmas Blue
Wouldn't It Be Great
Singles from Wouldn't It Be Great
  1. "Wouldn't It Be Great?"
    Released: August 22, 2018
  2. "Ruby's Stool"
    Released: September 12, 2018
  3. "Ain't No Time to Go"
    Released: September 26, 2018
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[2]
Newsday3.5/4 stars[3]

Wouldn't It Be Great is the forty-fifth solo studio album by American country music singer-songwriter Loretta Lynn. It was released by Sony Legacy on September 28, 2018.[4] The album is produced by Lynn's daughter Patsy Lynn Russell and John Carter Cash, the son of Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash.

The album is the third in a planned series of five albums recorded at Cash Cabin Studio in Hendersonville, Tennessee, following 2016's Full Circle and White Christmas Blue. The album is a mixture of new songs and new versions of songs Lynn has previously recorded.


The album was originally scheduled to be released on August 18, 2017.[5] On July 12, 2017, it was announced that the release date was being postponed until 2018 and all remaining tour dates for 2017 were being cancelled while Lynn recovered from the stroke she suffered in May 2017. Lynn stated that she wished to postpone the release date "because this record is so special for me. It deserves me at my best."[6]

Crystal Gayle, Lynn's sister, revealed in an Instagram post on January 8, 2018, that Lynn had fallen in her home on New Year's Day and fractured her hip.[7] This news meant continued delays for the album, which had been rumored to be scheduled for a spring release.[8][9]

Lynn revealed in a Facebook post on July 11, 2018, that she had returned to work, shooting a music video for the album on July 10 at her ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee.[10]

On August 22, 2018, Lynn announced that the album would be released on September 28, 2018, saying, "Before my stroke last year I had been working hard on a new album and was so excited about it. This new record means so much to me, but this last year I had to focus on my health and decided to hold up the release. It's been a tough year, but I'm feelin' good now and look forward to it comin' out. It was really important to me to be a part of it being released and I'm excited to celebrate it with y'all. I hope y'all love it."[11]

Previous recordings

Six songs from the album are new versions of songs previously recorded by Lynn:


The album's lead single, "Wouldn't It Be Great?", was released on August 22, 2018, along with the album's pre-order.

The second single from the album, "Ruby's Stool", premiered on Parade.com on September 12, 2018, and was subsequently made available for streaming and digital download.[12]

The album became available for streaming exclusively on NPR Music's website as a part of their First Listen series on September 20, 2018.[13]

"Ain't No Time to Go" was released as the album's third single on September 26, 2018. The single's music video, directed by Dave McClister, premiered the same day on CMT's website and was later uploaded to Lynn's official Vevo channel.[14]

Commercial performance

Wouldn't It Be Great debuted and peaked at No. 8 on the US Billboard Top Country Albums chart dated October 13, 2018, based on 9,000 equivalent album units.[15] It sold a further 3,200 copies the following week and charted at No. 43.[16] The album also charted on the US Billboard 200 chart at No. 78 and the US Billboard Top Americana/Folk Albums chart at No. 2. The album has sold 26,000 copies in the United States as of April 2019.[17]

Track listing

1."Wouldn't It Be Great?"Loretta Lynn3:24
2."Ruby's Stool"2:53
3."I'm Dying for Someone to Live For"
  • Lynn
  • Camp
4."Another Bridge to Burn"
  • Lynn
  • Lola Jean Dillon
5."Ain't No Time to Go"
  • Lynn
  • Patsy Lynn Russell
6."God Makes No Mistakes"Lynn3:00
7."These Ole Blues"
  • Lynn
  • Russell
8."My Angel Mother"Lynn1:56
9."Don't Come Home a Drinkin'"
  • Lynn
  • Peggy Sue Wells
10."The Big Man"
  • Lynn
  • Camp
11."Lulie Vars"Traditional, arr. by Lynn2:49
12."Darkest Day"Lynn2:30
13."Coal Miner's Daughter"Lynn3:11
Total length:36:20


Adapted from the album liner notes.

  • Ronnie Bowman - background vocals
  • Mike Bub - upright bass
  • Sam Bush - fiddle
  • Trey Call - second engineer, research, production assistant
  • Shawn Camp - acoustic guitar, background vocals, mandolin
  • John Carter Cash - producer, liner notes
  • Charlie Chadwick - cello
  • Dennis Crouch - upright bass
  • Richard Dodd - mastering
  • Mark Fain - upright bass
  • Paul Franklin - steel guitar
  • Lloyd Green - steel guitar
  • Frank Harkins - art direction, art design
  • Tony Harrell - piano
  • Jamie Hartford - electric guitar, mandolin
  • Byron House - upright bass
  • John Jackson - A&R
  • Rick Lonow - drums
  • Loretta Lynn - lead vocals, background vocals
  • David McClister - photography
  • Ronnie McCoury - mandolin
  • Pat McLaughlin - mandolin, acoustic guitar
  • Larry Perkins - banjo
  • John Randall - background vocals
  • Patsy Lynn Russell - producer
  • Randy Scruggs - acoustic guitar
  • Bryan Sutton - banjo, acoustic guitar
  • Chuck Turner - engineering, mixing
  • Robby Turner - dobro, steel guitar
  • Jeff White - acoustic guitar
  • Laura Weber White - acoustic guitar, fiddle(s)


Chart (2018) Peak
US Billboard 200[18] 78
US Top Country Albums (Billboard)[19] 8
US Top Americana/Folk Albums (Billboard)[20] 2


  1. ^ "Loretta Lynn, 86, Opens Up About Her Stroke and Fall: 'I Wasn't Goin' to Let It Stop Me'". PEOPLE.com. Retrieved 2018.
  2. ^ "Wouldn't It Be Great - Loretta Lynn | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 2018.
  3. ^ "'Wouldn't It Be Great': Loretta Lynn's as great as ever". Newsday. Retrieved 2018.
  4. ^ "Wouldn't It Be Great by Loretta Lynn". Retrieved 2018.
  5. ^ "Loretta Lynn's Wouldn't It Be Great Arrives Aug. 18". CMT News. Retrieved 2018.
  6. ^ "Loretta Lynn home after stroke: Cancels 2017 tour dates, postpones album release". Fox News. July 12, 2017.
  7. ^ "Crystal Gayle on Instagram: "#birthdayweek #birthdaywish #prayers @lorettalynnofficial"". Instagram. Retrieved 2018.
  8. ^ "Loretta Lynn's New Album, 'Wouldn't It Be Great,' Scheduled for Spring Release". Country Music. Retrieved 2018.
  9. ^ "Recent Health Issues Mean Continued Delays for Loretta Lynn's New Album "Wouldn't It Be Great" | Saving Country Music". www.savingcountrymusic.com. Retrieved 2018.
  10. ^ "Loretta Lynn Official". www.facebook.com. Retrieved 2018.
  11. ^ "Loretta Lynn Official - Album announcement". www.facebook.com. Retrieved 2018.
  12. ^ Whitmore, Laura B. "Exclusive Premiere: Loretta Lynn Shares the Sassy and Fun 'Ruby's Stool'". Parade. Retrieved 2018.
  13. ^ "First Listen: Loretta Lynn, 'Wouldn't It Be Great'". NPR.org. Retrieved 2018.
  14. ^ "Loretta Lynn Shines in "Ain't Not Time To Go"". CMT News. Retrieved 2018.
  15. ^ Asker, Jim. "October 9, 2018". Billboard.
  16. ^ Bjorke, Matt (October 15, 2018). "The Top 10 Country Albums Chart: October 15, 2018". Roughstock. Retrieved 2018.
  17. ^ Bjorke, Matt (April 15, 2019). "Top 10 Country Albums Chart: April 15, 2019". Roughstock. Retrieved 2019.
  18. ^ "Loretta Lynn Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved October 9, 2018.
  19. ^ "Loretta Lynn Chart History (Top Country Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved October 9, 2018.
  20. ^ "Loretta Lynn Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved 2018.

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