COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME®AND MUSEUM CELEBRATES LORETTA LYNN EXHIBITION WITH TRIBUTES FROM KACEY MUSGRAVES, BRANDY CLARK AND MARGO PRICE
Loretta Lynn: Blue Kentucky Girl Opens Aug. 25, 2017, and Continues Through Aug. 5, 2018
NASHVILLE, Tenn., – Aug. 22, 2017 – The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum celebrated the soon-to-be opened exhibition, Loretta Lynn: Blue Kentucky Girl, tonight with a special event held for the music industry, friends and family of Country Music Hall of Fame member, Loretta Lynn. The exhibit opens Friday and runs through Aug. 5, 2018.
Lynn, who suffered a stroke in May and is currently focusing on her recovery, was unable to attend the celebration. However, Kacey Musgraves, Brandy Clark and Margo Price were on hand to pay tribute to their idol. The evening included musical tributes from Clark singing “Coal Miner’s Daughter” and Price performing “Fist City.” Musgraves shared the forward she wrote for the exhibit’s catalog with those in attendance.
The exhibit features a wealth of artifacts to represent Lynn’s life and career. Highlights include:
- Lynn’s original handwritten manuscript for her chart-topping 1970 hit, “Coal Miner’s Daughter.”
- The 1956 model 99 Singer sewing machine Lynn used to make her own stage clothes very early in her career.
- American DR-332 ribbon microphone used by Lynn at her first recording session, in Western Recorders Studio, Los Angeles, February 1960. She cut her first single, “I’m a Honky Tonk Girl,” and three more original songs at the session.
- Red-and-white polka-dot dress with sequins and silver-cord trim, made by Lynn when she was fourteen. Sissy Spacek wore the dress when she portrayed Lynn in the film Coal Miner's Daughter.
- Presidential Medal of Freedom, presented to Lynn by President Obama in 2013.
- Green chiffon Lillie Rubin gown worn by Lynn at the 1972 CMA Awards, where she was named Entertainer of the Year.
- 1956 Gibson J-50, used extensively by Lynn in performance and for songwriting. It was given to her in 1961 by her husband, Doolittle “Mooney” Lynn, who made the Formica pickguard.
- Red dress embellished with beads and sequins, worn by Lynn on the cover of her 1968 album Fist City.
One of the most visited museums in the United States, with an unduplicated collection of more than 2.5 million artifacts, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum celebrates its fiftieth anniversary in 2017. Lynn’s installation joins a year offering revealing exhibitions on subjects including Jason Aldean and Shania Twain. An exhibition on Faith Hill and Tim McGraw will open in November.
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