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Jack White pays tribute to Loretta Lynn: “She was like a mother figure to me”

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Jack White has shared a tribute to Loretta Lynn, who died Tuesday at age 90.

The White Stripes rocker collaborated with the country legend on her 2004 album Van Lear Rose, which won Best Country Album at the 2005 Grammys.

In a video posted to his Instagram, White recalls being asked about how it was to work with Lynn while producing Van Lear Rose.

“I said years ago that I thought she was the greatest female singer-songwriter of the 20th century; I still believe that,” White shares. “Loretta used to say to make it in the business, you had to either be great, different or first. She thought that she was just different, and that’s how she made it, but I think she was all three of those things.”

White adds that Lynn was “such an incredible presence and such a brilliant genius, in ways that I think only people who got to work with her might know about.”

“What she did for feminism and women’s rights, in a time period and in a genre of music that was the hardest to do it in, is just outstanding, and will live on for a long time,” he continues. “She broke down a lot of barriers for people who came after her.”

White recalls that while recording Van Lear Rose with Lynn, he had to “take a pause” because he “couldn’t believe [what] I was witnessing and hearing.”

“She was just a genius and just brilliant at what she did,” he says. “We were lucky to have her.”

“She was like a mother figure to me, and also a very good friend at times, and told me some amazing things that I’ll never tell anybody,” he concludes. “Rest in peace, Loretta, and God bless you.”

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