The rolling hills of Middle Tennessee will come alive with music on the weekend of Oct. 10th at Loretta Lynn’s Ranch and Campground, located in Hurricane Mills, TN. The 1988 Country Music Hall of Fame member will play host to the Inaugural Loretta Lynn’s Pickin’ Jamboree.
Free to the public, the event will shine the spotlight on many of the regions’ most talented musicians, with competitions taking place in categories such as Fiddle, Guitar, and Banjo. There are also categories for both solo artists as well as bands to participate in the contest. In addition, cloggers and buck dancers can showcase their talents in the competition as well. Over $1000 in cash prizes will be rewarded to top competitors.
Loretta Lynn’s Pickin’ Jamboree registration begins on Saturday morning, Oct. 10th at 9am., with the competition beginning at 10am. Musicians can enter the contest at www.LorettaLynn.com/Pickin or can register on-site Saturday morning.
There will be plenty of other activities to keep fans of the ‘Coal Miners’ Daughter’ busy that weekend, as well. The Loretta Lynn Mansion will be open for tours, as will The Loretta Lynn Museum – which documents the career of one of the format’s most beloved stars of all-time. Visitors can also get a glimpse of how life was growing up for the singer, with a replica of her childhood home from Butcher Hollow, KY. The gift shops of the Ranch will be open, as will the popular RV and Camping areas of the Ranch. Fans can also bid on several guitars, autographed by Lynn, as well, and concessions will also be available.
Jamboree Coordinator Marcia Campbell of WSM Radio’s “The All-Nighter” & the Grand Ole Opry Square Dancers is excited about the event, saying, "Ms. Loretta Lynn has wanted to have a Bluegrass festival for the past few years, but with a busy touring schedule, we couldn't get her to slow down long enough! When asked if I would coordinate the festival, I jumped at the opportunity to work with Ms. Loretta Lynn & her management team. We want to fill Hurricane Mills with family, fun and music!"
Born in Kentucky, Loretta Lynn was influenced by the music of the Appalachian Mountains – as well as sounds coming from her parents’ radio – frequently tuned into WSM on Saturday nights for the Grand Ole Opry. She married husband Oliver “Mooney” Lynn in 1948, and throughout the 1950s, spent time raising their children – and working on her songwriting and performing. She signed with Zero Records in 1960, releasing the single “I’m A Honky Tonk Girl,” which shot to the Billboard Top 20. She moved to Decca Records two years later – the same year she became an official member of the Opry.
Her hits are essential listening for Country Music fans all over the world – including “Fist City,” “You Ain’t Woman Enough,” and “Coal Miners’ Daughter,” a 1970 number one record that became not only her trademark hit (as well as the title of her autobiography)– but also an Academy Award-winning film ten years later starring Sissy Spacek. Lynn was the first woman to win the coveted Entertainer of the Year award from the Country Music Association in 1972, and also won three trophies for Female Vocalist of the Year and four nods for Vocal Duet of the Year with Conway Twitty.
In 1966, the singer purchased the ranch at Hurricane Mills with her husband, Mooney. Since then, the property has expanded into a full-fledged campground and concert venue, attracting such legends as Merle Haggard and Charlie Daniels, as well as newcomers like Kacey Musgraves. The Loretta Lynn Ranch and Campground also hosts many events each year, including several Motorcross competitions, an annual rodeo, a Gospel Jubilee show, and a yearly tribute to Conway Twitty each July. She also performs at the Ranch several times each year. For more information about Loretta Lynn’s Ranch and Campground, log on to www.LorettaLynn.com or call (931) 296-7700.
This week on Crook & Chase, Lorianne and Charlie host the show from Loretta Lynn’s ranch at a private party celebrating her 50 years in country music. Loretta sings several of her classic songs. Also on the show, The Band Perry celebrate their first CMA nomination and explains the true meaning of their Top 10 hit “If I Die Young”. Loretta’s granddaughter, Tayla, is part of a wild and fun all-girl trio called Stealing Angels. You’ll see our free-wheeling interview! Plus Mel Tillis gets an award of a lifetime. See the information below the video box to find out where you can watch Crook & Chase in your area. more!
The country music legend who started her life as the Coal Miner’s Daughter now has 21 of her own grandchildren, and more than four decades worth of hit music that she created while raising her large family.
At age 74, Loretta Lynn — an iconic figure known as much for her feisty songwriting as her singing — still spends half of her year touring across the country. She’ll make a stop Friday at the Pepsi-Cola Roadhouse.
Every two weeks, Lynn switches from the road to her Hurricane Mills, Tenn., ranch, which has become a tourist attraction with its Coal Miner’s Daughter Museum.
What drives Lynn year after year and gives her such longevity and passion for her music? In her humorous, self-deprecating Southern style, Lynn can only chuckle and shrug. (more…)