With a career that spans the course of six decades, living legend Loretta Lynn has a legacy that is too monumental and influential to sum up with a simple paragraph. Sometimes called the “Queen of Country Music,” and for good reason, Lynn was a pioneer in a male dominated music scene, and, with over 60 studio releases and nearly 50 million albums sold, she’s one of the most successful and beloved country artists of all time, period. After more than a decade away from the studio, Loretta returned with last year’s Grammy nominated Full Circle and Christmas album White Christmas Blue, and is set to continue her newly prolific streak with another LP, Wouldn’t It Be Great, on Aug. 18.
Like Full Circle, production on Lynn’s upcoming effort is helmed by her daughter Patsy Lynn Russell and John Carter Cash, the son of June Carter and Johnny Cash, and in celebration of its release, she recently announced a quick return to The Ryman (following a pair of sold out shows in celebration of her 85th birthday just last week), for yet another two-night stand, Aug. 24 & 25.
If Loretta’s shows last week were any indication, tickets for her August dates won’t last long, so we’d encourage you to grab them here (8/24) or here (8/25) if you want to be guaranteed a spot (CDs of her new album are included with purchase). While we wait for new music to arrive, revisit Willie Nelson duet “Lay Me Down,” from Full Circle, below!