LORETTA LYNN’S 50-YEAR CAREER HONORED WITH SPECIAL EVENTS

 During what organizers promise will be a “star-filled tribute concert,” Loretta will receive the Recording Academy’s President’s Merit Award in recognition of her enduring contributions to country music.

Getting a head-start with a Loretta tribute of her own, in July, Boston-based singer Eilen Jewell released ‘Butcher Holler,’ an album filled with songs that Loretta wrote. Eilen is such a devoted fan of Loretta’s that she has a side project – also called “Butcher Holler’ — that exclusively performs the iconic entertainer’s songs. “We love playing her music,” Eileen tells AnnArbor.com. “It’s just a lot of fun to play those songs because Loretta is such a big hero of ours.” (To preview and download ‘Butcher Holler,’ click here.)

Loretta is currently on tour with concerts on August 13 in Wichita, Kan., and August 14 in Fort Worth, Texas. For a complete list of dates and cities, check here.