"People forget that I'm a songwriter," Loretta Lynn once said. "They think of me as just a lady up on the stage, with a band backing her up. Well, let me tell you, I've sat in my room all night, scratching out most of my songs."Lynn still scratches out songs that scratch the soul -- with or without recent collaborator Jack White's imprimatur. Lest we forget, her honky-tonk albums of the last two decades (especially 2000's Still Country) quash the facile notion that country is a conservative soundtrack. The voice behind "Rated 'X'," "The Pill" and "Dear Uncle Sam" -- which succinctly told the truth about war and has returned to her live sets -- has always begged to differ. Lynn's "Fist City" isn't a place. It's a promise -- literally to punch out a hussy, metaphorically to assert her brand of feminism -- that her contrarian wit and unrepentant honesty still keep.
Show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $21.32 to $63.95; call 314-770-8100 for more information.