Roughly 70 miles from Nashville on Saturday night proved to be a blast back in time, as the legendary Loretta Lynn captivated a Labor Day weekend crowd at her ranch in Hurricane Mills, TN. It was definitely a special night for the singer, in more ways than one.
The Country Music Hall of Fame member was honored with the unveiling of a new portrait that was commissioned by the singer's family. Ironically, the artist who drew the print has some country music connections of his own. Corey Frizzell, nephew of Lefty and David Frizzell -- was the artist chosen by the Lynn family to sketch the portrait of the singer. The son of Allen Frizzell, Corey has sketched some of the biggest stars in the business, such as George Jones, Marty Robbins, Alan Jackson, and Vince Gill. Frizzell told Billboard that the drawing took about six hours to complete, and he did the old school way – complete with a No. 2 pencil.
Lynn was visibly moved when first shown Frizzell's work backstage before her concert at the ranch. Taken from one of her earliest publicity photos, the singer talked about one of her biggest hits when asked what she thought about when she saw the woman in the drawing. "I see the 'Blue Kentucky Girl,' she told Billboard, referencing her top ten hit from 1965. "That's what I see. That was my all-time favorite song that I sing of all of them."