Loretta Lynn and Jackson Browne are among the artists who will be honored with Lifetime Achievement Awards at the 13th annual Americana Music Association Honors & Awards ceremony. The ceremony will take place September 17 at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium.
Lynn will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award for Songwriting. Known as one of the most prolific songwriters in country music history, Lynn helped pave the way for women in country, penning songs like “The Pill,” “Don’t Come Home a Drinkin’ (With Lovin’ on Your Mind),” and “Rated X.” Continue Reading
Elvis Presley’s Graceland in Memphis, Tennessee.
Road trips are a summertime rite of passage. Planning one this summer? Here are 5 Music Legend Road Trips worth taking a detour for.
Graceland – Memphis, Tennessee
Thousands of Elvis Presley fans flock to his Graceland home every year to remember The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll. Graceland gives fans an intimate look at the private life of one of music’s biggest stars, with an audio tour through Elvis’ home and grounds. The estate will celebrate 60 years of Rock ‘n’ Roll on July 5 in honor of the day Elvis walked into Sun Studios and recorded “That’s All Right,” by presenting fans with special limited edition posters during their Graceland tour, a special firework display and more.
Graceland wasn’t Elvis’ only residence though. Check out our photo gallery of Elvis’ Los Angeles home!
Dollywood – Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
Dolly Parton’s Dollywood amusement park is known for its down-home charm and is the perfect family escape. Featuring a theme park with rides for the youngest family members to the most daring thrill seekers, a water park and shows to entertain the entire family, it’s a must-see destination, guaranteed to have something for everyone. And you never know when Dolly herself might appear!
Loretta Lynn’s Ranch – Hurricane Mills, Tennessee
Loretta Lynn’s ranch offers everything from camping and tours to concerts and a number of other events throughout the year. The ranch also features a number of museums, including Coal Miner’s Daughter Museum, the Frontier Homestead and Loretta’s Haunted Plantation, among others. Continue Reading
Crystal Gayle photo by Gor Megaera, courtesy of Webster & Associates.
The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum will reveal a spotlight exhibit honoring Crystal Gayle on May 2, 2014. Crystal Gayle: When I Dream will feature fashion, awards, letters, family photos and more from her groundbreaking career and run through November 3, 2014.
On May 3, Crystal will be on hand to participate in a special program, Concert and Conversation: Crystal Gayle. The presentation in the museum’s Ford Theater will be hosted by Curatorial Director Mick Buck, and include an interview with Crystal as well as a performance. The program will begin at 2:30 p.m. and is included as part of museum admission. It will also be streamed live on the museum’s website. Continue Reading
Johnny Cash (1932 – 2003) walks inside the gates of Folsom Prison, preparing to perform his fourth concert for inmates there, California, 1964. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Reba McEntire, Bobby Bare and Loretta Lynn will perform at the Fourth Annual Johnny Cash Music Festival, set to be hosted by legendary singer and comedian Mark Lowry. The concert will take place August 15 at Arkansas State University’s Convocation Center in Jonesboro, AR.
“When I was asked to perform at the Johnny Cash Music Festival, there was absolutely no hesitation,” Reba said. ”I have always had a great deal of respect for Johnny Cash, and not just because he was one of the finest entertainers, performers and recording artists this industry has ever known. It is also because of his compassion and generosity. The fact that some of the money raised from these concerts goes into a scholarship fund to help deserving kids further their education is something I know would make him very proud.” Continue Reading
Nashville’s WKRN.com reports a Tuesday morning fire caused minor damage at Loretta Lynn‘s home on Hurricane Mills Road in Humphreys County, Tenn. A candle overturned, igniting a nearby chair and Lynn put the fire out with a pillow, which caused minor burns on her fingertips.
For more information, visit WKRN.com.
Photo courtesy of The Tennesseean.
It was a year of highs and lows for Loretta Lynn. The singer suffered through the loss of her daughter and major damage to her ranch, but also received one of the President’s highest honors.
Loretta’s daughter, Betty Sue Lynn, died July 29 at her home in Waverly, Tenn., from complications of emphysema. “Loretta and her family thank friends and fans for their thoughts and prayers during this time of great loss,” Loretta’s publicist said at the time. Continue Reading
Donna Ulisse’s 2013 album, Showin’ My Roots. Photo courtesy of donnaulisse.com.
A celebrated songwriter with multiple International Bluegrass Music Association nominations in recent years, Virginian Donna Ulisse mixes it up on her new project with a collection of covers pulled from her favorite songs. Showin’ My Roots, Donna’s sixth album in seven years, digs deep into the catalogs of Merle Haggard, Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn and others while serving up recast versions of classic songs.
George Jones photo courtesy of Webster PR.
The November 22 sold-out George Jones tribute concert, now officially dubbed the “Playin’ Possum! The Final NO SHOW,” has gotten even bigger. Brad Paisley, Martina McBride, Loretta Lynn, Ronnie Milsap, Big & Rich, Lee Ann Womack, Craig Morgan, Thompson Square, Bill Anderson and Megadeth have all been added to the lineup, which already includes some of the biggest names in music.
“The evening of George Jones songs is going to be the best musical tribute Nashville has ever seen,” Nancy Jones, George’s widow, said. “We have many surprises planned, and I just wish George could be here to see what we are doing for him.”
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Loretta Lynn photo courtesy of Nelson PR.
A limited number of tickets are still available for the inaugural Loretta Lynn’s Gospel Music Festival, which takes place September 28-29 at Loretta’s ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee. Loretta herself will perform a rare set of Gospel music along with some of her biggest hits on September 28.
“Its kind of like an old-time all-day singing and dinner on the ground,” Loretta said. “I got to thinking. I have a big ranch where I live so I decided to throw a good ole Gospel weekend here! I want family and friends to bring a blanket, set up a picnic and then enjoy some of my favorite Gospel music singers!” Continue Reading
Loretta Lynn photo courtesy of Nelson PR.
Loretta Lynn entertained a crowd of fans at her Hurricane Mills, Tennessee ranch on Saturday where she was honored with the unveiling of a new portrait commissioned by her family, reports Billboard. The artist who drew the portrait, Corey Frizzell, is the nephew of country artists Lefty and David Frizzell and has sketched stars including George Jones, Alan Jackson and Vince Gill. It took him six hours to complete, using a classic No. 2 pencil.
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Loretta was shown the sketch, taken from one of her earliest publicity shots, backstage before her show. When asked what she thought about when she saw the young woman in the drawing, she remembered one of her biggest hits. “I see the ‘Blue Kentucky Girl,’” she said. “That’s what I see. That was my all-time favorite song that I sing of all of them.” Continue Reading