Country music icon Loretta Lynn will be coming to the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts on Friday, June 6, and with tickets virtually sold out, the event is sure to bring people from all over the southeast to Franklin.
With a career that spans 50 years, there is no denying why Lynn has been dubbed the “First Lady of Country Music,” and her continued success and devoted fans have earned her a long list of awards and accomplishments that makes her a true country music legend.
As the most awarded woman in country music, it is no surprise that Lynn’s performance at Franklin's 1,500 seat theater is sold out. Lynn has earned four Grammy Awards, seven American Music Awards, eight Broadcast Music Incorporated awards, 12 Academy of Country Music awards, and 26 fan-voted Music City News awards. She was the first woman in country music to receive a certified gold album, the first woman to be named Entertainer of the Year by the Country Music Association, and the first female country music artist to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. She was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1988 and the Country Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 1999. Lynn has written more than 160 songs, released 60 albums, and sold 45 million records worldwide.
Lynn was raised in dire poverty in remote Kentucky. She lived in a mountain cabin with seven brothers and sisters. Music was a big part of their life. At the age of 13, a young Loretta Webb married Oliver "Doolittle" Lynn. He would listen to Loretta sing as she did her chores, and encouraged her to learn to play the guitar and start writing music.
Lynn's songs have always been written about her life and personal experiences, whether it was about motherhood, a troubled marriage, or losing someone she loved to war.
Some of Lynn’s hits include, "Coal Miner's Daughter," "You Ain’t Women Enough (to Take My Man)," and "They Don't Make 'em Like Daddy Anymore." She has collaborated with artists such as Conway Twitty, Dolly Parton, Tammy Wynette, George Jones, Sheryl Crow, Miranda Lambert, and many others. She has been a regular performer at the Grand Ole Opry and has made several guest appearances on shows such as "True Blood," "7th Heaven," "The Muppet Show," and more. She wrote an autobiography, "Coal Miner's Daughter," which was later developed into a feature film.
The news of Lynn’s performance in Franklin has attracted people from all over. Ticket sales for the show can be traced all over the southeast. With guests coming from Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Eastern North Carolina, Virginia, Tennessee, Alabama, Ohio, New Jersey, Maryland, South Dakota, and even London, England.