Loretta Lynn’s Country Music Hall of Fame Exhibit to Open Aug. 25

Loretta Lynn’s Country Music Hall of Fame Exhibit to Open Aug. 25

The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum will explore the life and career of Loretta Lynn in its new exhibit, Loretta Lynn: Blue Kentucky Girl, which opens Aug. 25 and runs through Aug. 5, 2018.

“I am so excited for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s exhibit to open this month,” said Loretta. “It’s gonna show off my 50-some-odd years in country music, and I’m so proud to share my life and music with the museum. Y’all come see us.”

Loretta suffered a stroke in May and is currently recovering.

Loretta Lynn: Blue Kentucky Girl exhibition highlights include:

  • Loretta’s original handwritten manuscript for her chart-topping 1970 hit, “Coal Miner’s Daughter.”
  • The 1956 model 99 Singer sewing machine Loretta used to make her own stage clothes very early in her career.
  • American DR-332 ribbon microphone used by Loretta 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 Loretta when she was 14. Sissy Spacek wore the dress when she portrayed Loretta in the film, Coal Miner’s Daughter.
  • Presidential Medal of Freedom presented to Loretta by President Obama in 2013.
  • Green chiffon Lillie Rubin gown worn by Loretta at the 1972 CMA Awards, where she was named Entertainer of the Year.
  • 1956 Gibson J-50, used extensively by Loretta in performance and for songwriting. It was given to her in 1961 by her husband, Doolittle “Mooney” Lynn, who made the Formica pick guard.
  • Red dress embellished with beads and sequins, worn by Loretta on the cover of her 1968 album, Fist City.

In addition to Loretta’s new showcase, an exhibit on Faith Hill and Tim McGraw will open in November.

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Michael Ray Honors His Grandma Penny with a Tattoo

Michael Ray Honors His Grandma Penny with a Tattoo

When you’re getting a permanent addition to you body, you want to make sure it means something, right?

Michael Ray has several tattoos, but each one has a personal connection to his life, “All my tattoos are either family based, religious based, or music based.”

He shares the story of one of his tattoos that honors his late grandmother, “So, my grandma, Penny, she passed away a couple of years ago, and I have a tattoo memory of my grandfather, and I wanted a tattoo for her. Her nickname was Penny, and I got a penny with my Grandmother’s birth year, 1942, on the date, on the inside of my arm.”

If he could change one thing about the tattoo…it would just be WHEN he got it. Turns out Michael got it on a show day, and it being on his arm, well, Michael admits “I started playing guitar that night…for the show, and it hurt like hell.”

But even with that night of pain Michael proudly says “it’s probably my favorite tattoo.”


Photo Credit: Sean Hagwell