The year was 2013, we were visiting John and Deanna in Nashville, Lexi was just in the planning stages at that time, Deanna looked lovely, the guys looked great and yours truly had on too dark of a shade of fake and bake, but anyway, it was a pretty summer afternoon and we decided to visit Loretta Lynn’s town of Hurricane Mills. We didn’t know what to expect, I thought it would be touristy and hokey, but I was so wrong, it was just so much fun and you got a true feeling of what her life is like. This picture was taken on the front porch of her home, we were the only people on the tour that afternoon and the guide was really “chatty” telling us all sorts of things about Miss Loretta. She doesn’t live in this house now, she built a smaller home behind it and thats where she resides.
I’ve always been a fan, there wasn’t ever a better duo that Conway and Loretta and when I saw that PBS American Masters Series was going to have a documentary about her, I marked my calendar for March 4th pronto. It says 9pm, but I don’t know if it’s central or eastern, so I set it for 8pm to be on the safe side.
Here’s a synopsis:
It's about time the PBS documentary series American Masters dedicated an episode to Loretta Lynn! During her 50-plus year career, the Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient has sold more 45 million records worldwide and has been inducted into more music Halls of Fame than any other female singer.
American Masters – Loretta Lynn: Still a Mountain Girl will air in March, on the same day as the release of Full Circle, Lynn's first new studio album in over a decade. Lynn never dreamed of, nor planned on, international stardom, she explains in the new documentary: "Growing up in Butcher Hollow [Kentucky], that's where you'll stay, you thought."
But the coal miner's daughter grew up surrounded by people who created their own music. This is easy, she learned. "So I threw the songbook down and wrote my own songs," Lynn, 83, recalls in the documentary, which features interviews with her family and industry admirers like Miranda Lambert and Sheryl Crow.
Check out the preview below and tune into American Masters on PBS, Friday, March 4 at 9 p.m.