LORETTA LYNN HONORED FOR 50 YEARS OF MUSIC

By Tom Roland – GAC

Five decades ago, Loretta Lynn and her husband-manager, “Mooney” Lynn, drove station to station around the U.S. promoting her first single, “I’m A Honky Tonk Girl.” All these years later, she’s a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame and a global symbol for country music, and she was honored Friday at her Coal Miner’s Daughter Museum in Tennessee for 50 years as an American icon.

A bevy musicians and music-industry executives were on hand for the occasion, including Marty Stuart, Crystal Gayle, Jack Greene and Terri Clark. Ronnie McDowell presented Loretta a painting he had created, depicting her when she was 10 years old and living in Kentucky. A string of presenters included John Carter Cash, arranger Bill Walker and Ray Walker, of the Jordanaires, the Hall of Fame vocal quartet that backed Loretta on such classics as “You’re Lookin’ At Country,” “Blue Kentucky Girl,” “Don’t Come Home A-Drinkin’ (With Lovin’ On Your Mind)” and “Coal Miner’s Daughter.”

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Posted in News on September 27th, 2010

LORETTA LYNN RECEIVES STAR-FILLED TRIBUTE AT HOME

 by Vernell Hackett – The Boot

Loretta Lynn kept saying “I don’t know what’s going on; nobody has told me anything,” as she met with press last Friday night in Hurricane Mills, Tenn., where she was honored with “A Tribute to an American Icon” for her 50 years in country music. And it was certainly a night full of surprises for the country icon.

Loretta’s first single, ‘I’m a Honky Tonk Girl,’ was released in 1960. When asked how she has managed to stay humble over the years, Loretta was quick to reply, “I look at these awards and honors as if they belonged to someone else. I can close my eyes and I know where I come from.”

The singer also insisted that over the years her fans have become her friends, and that she still loves being on stage. “I go out now when I want to,” she explained. “But before, I used to have to go out because I had to. When I was traveling so much before, I often wished I could stay home because I would have liked to spent more time with my kids when they were small. The kids are all grown now, so it’s a little easier.”
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Posted in News on September 27th, 2010

ALAN JACKSON IS MARTINA MCBRIDE’S IDEAL ‘MISSISSIPPI MAN’

Donna Hughes- The Boot

Martina McBride figuratively steps into the glittery ballroom dress of Loretta Lynn, while Alan Jackson affects the sexy swagger of Conway Twitty on the remake of the legendary singers’ 1973 No. 1 hit, ‘Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man,’ from the new collection, ‘Coal Miner’s Daughter: A Tribute to Loretta Lynn.’

Martina is a big fan of the lanky singer-songwriter and had hoped he would agree to join her on the duet. “I love Alan’s voice. He’s one of my favorite singers. He always has been,” Martina tells The Boot. “He’s just a great, great country singer, and we worked together on his last album. It just seemed like he was the right fit. We did ‘Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man,’ and I knew he would nail it, and he did. I can’t wait for you guys to hear it!”
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Posted in News on September 24th, 2010

LORETTA LYNN CELEBRATES LEGENDARY CAREER WITH 50TH ANNIVERSARY EVENT SEPT. 24

Invitation-only celebration to be held at Loretta Lynn Ranch in Hurricane Mills

Country music legend Loretta Lynn is celebrating her 50th year making music with a special invitation-only event to be held Friday, Sept. 24, at the famed Loretta Lynn Ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tenn.

Held on-site at Lynn’s 18,000 square foot Coal Miner’s Daughter Museum and billed as “A Tribute to an American Icon,” the evening’s activities include a catered reception, media Q&A session and a performance by Lynn’s sister, Crystal Gayle, following the official unveiling of Gayle’s new display inside the museum.  Event invitations were extended to select industry, media and artists, as well as Lynn’s family and closest friends.

The media Q&A session begins at 5:30 p.m. CST, with the reception following at 6 p.m.  Lynn will appear at the reception to briefly address the event’s attendees and mingle with other artists, industry and media.  Gayle’s performance is at 9 p.m. and is open to the public. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in News on September 16th, 2010

REBA MCENTIRE WILL HOST LORETTA LYNN TRIBUTE CONCERT

Reba McEntire will host a tribute concert to Loretta Lynn at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville on Oct. 12, presented by the Recording Academy. McEntire will perform during the event, along with Martina McBride, Gretchen Wilson and Lee Ann Womack. Jack White will also participate. The event will include a presentation of the Recording Academy President’s Merit Award to Lynn in recognition of her career and contributions to country music. More performances will be announced in the coming weeks. As previously reported, a new album titled Coal Miner’s Daughter: A Tribute to Loretta Lynn will be released Nov. 9 by Columbia Nashville.


Posted in News on September 15th, 2010

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