Music icon Loretta Lynn, whose latest LP, Full Circle, is nominated for a Best Country Album Grammy, will be the subject of a major exhibition opening August 25th at Nashville’s Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. The exhibit, spotlighting costumes, artifacts and other personal material from Lynn’s six decades in show business, is slated to run through June 2018.
“I am so happy the Country Music Hall of Fame has asked me to be one of their main exhibits in 2017… gonna show off my 50 some odd years in country music,” Lynn says of the upcoming exhibition. “They best have a big space… I have a lot of stuff!”
In the early 1990s, before the Hall of Fame and Museum left its Music Row location for downtown Nashville, an exhibit devoted to country music and the movies featured clips from the Lynn biopic Coal Miner’s Daughter, along with a handmade dress Lynn wore as a teenager that would also be worn by star Sissy Spacek in her Oscar-winning role in the 1980 film. In 1988, Lynn was inducted as a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame.
On April 14th, the day Lynn turns 85, she will play the first of two concerts at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium, the same historic venue in which she made her Grand Ole Opry debut in 1960. A second show is scheduled for the following night. Lynn has a pair of sold-out shows March 3rd and 4th scheduled for another legendary venue, Gruene Hall in New Braunfels, Texas. Upcoming concerts are also set for St. Petersburg, Florida, North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and Biloxi, Mississippi, with more dates on tap throughout the year.
Lynn’s showcase is among the Hall of Fame’s 2017 exhibit lineup. The institution, celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, announced spotlights on Jason Aldean and Shania Twain earlier this week.