Loretta Lynn 87th Birthday Concert Will Feature Garth Brooks, George Strait, Miranda Lambert & More
For anyone wondering how long it would be before Nashville celebrates another of its legendary talents after Saturday night’s star-studded tribute to Willie Nelson, the answer came quicker than expected.
On Monday morning (Jan. 14), at a press conference at the Grand Ole Opry, it was announced that Loretta Lynn will be honored April 1 at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena with a birthday celebration befitting the country pioneer who broke through barriers with such hits as "Fist City,” “The Pill,” “You Ain’t Woman Enough (To Take My Man)” and "Coal Miner's Daughter."
Among the artists participating in Loretta Lynn: An All-Star Birthday Celebration Concert are Alan Jackson, Brandy Clark, Darius Rucker, Garth Brooks, George Strait, Jack White, Kacey Musgraves, Keith Urban, Little Big Town, Margo Price, Martina McBride, Miranda Lambert, Pistol Annies and Trisha Yearwood.
"You've always been in my corner, you've always fought for me, which you've been busy doing that. That's pretty much our story," country superstar Brooks told Lynn on the Opry stage Monday morning. "I love you to pieces, and it's just gotten better every second. ... Katharine Hepburn at Radio City Music Hall [once] said, 'If a woman has it, it doesn't matter what she doesn't have. If a woman doesn't have it, it doesn't matter what else she does have.' I don't know if I've ever met someone who has 'it' as much as Ms. Loretta Lynn."
When asked about her status as a pioneer within the industry, Lynn responded emphatically, "It feels great. I love all of the artists coming on [the show]; I don't know all of them, but I've listened to all of [their music], and this all just feels great.”
Lynn, a four-time Grammy winner, has long been the undisputed Queen of Country Music, with more than 50 years of recording and touring to her name. With 17 Hot Country Songs No. 1 singles to her credit, she is also one of the most awarded musicians of all time. She was the first woman named entertainer of the year by the Country Music Association in 1972, she received the Kennedy Center Honors in 2003, was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2008, and bestowed the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2013. In 2015, Billboard honored her with its inaugural Women in Music "Legend" Award.
Despite some health setbacks, Lynn, 86, is going strong: She is a 2019 Grammy nominee for best country solo performance for "Wouldn't It Be Great," the title track from her latest release for Legacy Recordings.
AEG Presents will produce the event with Dave Cobb serving as musical director for the evening. "There's one thing that Loretta said that she'd never done," AEG Presents' Ali Harnell shared at the press conference, "and that's she’s never had a birthday party. She's performed on her birthday, and she's obviously had birthdays, but she's never had a birthday party. A couple of years ago we began talking about doing a tribute show...and then a couple of years ago she did two shows at the Ryman Auditorium around her birthday, so this year at Bridgestone Arena we're throwing Loretta a big ol' birthday party.”
As for Lynn’s wish? Urban may want to start practicing more than his guitar licks: “This is the first time I've ever had a birthday party. My birthday wish has come true,” Lynn said. “The only other wish I have is that Keith Urban jumps out of my birthday cake!” Lynn’s actual birthday is April 14.
Tickets go on sale Jan. 18th at 10 a.m. CT with prices ranging from $29.50 to $149.50 (plus applicable fees) and limited VIP packages at BridgestoneArena.com. Net proceeds from ticket sales benefit the Opry Trust Fund and the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.