Bronze Statue of Loretta Lynn Unveiled at Ryman Auditorium

Bronze Statue of Loretta Lynn Unveiled at Ryman Auditorium

A bronze statue of Loretta Lynn was unveiled outside Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium on Oct. 20.

Loretta’s statue joins two others—Bill Monroe and Little Jimmy Dickens—as part on the Ryman’s Icon Walk, which recognizes legends who have paved the way for Nashville performers. The statues of Bill Monroe and Little Jimmy Dickens were added in 2017 as part of the Ryman’s 125th anniversary. The statues, which were sculpted by artist Ben Watts, each took one year to create.

“I will never forget the morning Dolittle and I pulled in and parked in front of the Ryman Auditorium for the very first time,” said Loretta in a press release. “It was 1960 and I had a No. 14 record on the charts called ‘I’m A Honky Tonk Girl.’ My dream, like thousands of other singers, was just to sing on the Grand Ole Opry. Being a member of the Grand Ole Opry has been one of the greatest honors of my life. For many years I’ve stood on the stage of the Ryman and there’s no place like it. Now they’re unveiling this statue in my honor. It’s like I’m going to get to be there for many more years to come. It means so much to have the statue and to be a part of all of these wonderful artists. One day soon I’m gonna get to come up there and see it for myself. But for today I want to say thank you and I love each and every one of you for thinking of me.”

photo by Kit Wood, courtesy of EBMedia

Visitors can find Loretta’s statue at the northwest corner of the building near the venue’s driveway on Fifth Avenue.

Loretta celebrated her 88th birthday in April. With more than 50 years of recording and touring to her name, she has become one of the most decorated artists of all time, including induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame and Songwriters Hall of Fame, as well as receiving the CMA Entertainer of the Year Award, Kennedy Center Honors, Presidential Medal of Freedom, Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and more.

photo by Curtis Hilbun, AFF-USA.com

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Ashley McBryde’s This Town Talks tour gets rolling next month in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Then for the next 7 months she’ll be crisscrossing this nation playing shows from Georgia to Montana and everywhere in between.

So, with all that travel, and different locations, packing for a tour can present some challenges. Ashley shares one basic piece of advice when it comes to preparing for the road, “At first, learning how to pack for on tour…I really didn’t do a good job. I guess maybe I thought I was leaving for summer camp. So, I would spend a couple of weeks where I overpacked, and a couple of weeks where I under packed. Just let me tell you…if you have to choose between the two – overpack. You can put those clothes away when you get back.”

 

Photo Credit: Daniel Meigs