Loretta Lynn marked her fortieth anniversary in show business in the year 2000. A mother at fourteen, she had four children by the time she was eighteen and taught herself to play the guitar. She became a member of the Grand Ole Opry in 1963, and the following year, her first album went Number 1. She was duet partners with Ernest Tubb and the late Conway Twitty, and recorded songs both beloved and controversial (like "The Pill" and "Rated X") as a solo artist. Her first book, Coal Miner's Daughter, hit the New York Times bestseller list and became an Oscar-winning film. She continues to perform and to command a devoted audience. Loretta Lynn lives in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee.
Patsi Bale Cox collaborated on the New York Times bestselling Nickel Dreams, the autobiography of Tanya Tucker, and on The View from Nashville and Fifty Years Down a Country Road with Ralph Emery. She is a member of the Grammy nominating committee in the liner note category and lives in Nashville, Tennessee.