On April 14th, Loretta Lynn will celebrate her 85th birthday. To mark the occasion, the Country Music Hall of Fame member will be joined by a room full of fans at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium for a pair of rare Nashville shows.
The first of these Ryman Auditorium concerts occurs on Lynn’s actual birthday, with the second scheduled the following day on April 15th. Tickets for both shows go on sale Friday, January 6th, at 10 a.m. CT. At this point, no supporting acts have been announced for either performance.
Lynn, who made her Grand Ole Opry debut on the Ryman stage in 1960, headlined the storied venue for the first time in 54 years back in October 2014. “I was so nervous, all I can remember was tapping my foot,” Lynn told the audience of coming out on that stage for the first time. Lynn was invited to join the Grand Ole Opry in 1962.
Despite being forced to cancel a series of shows after sustaining injuries in a fall, Lynn was busier than ever in 2016. In addition to experimenting with alternative glaucoma remedies, she released her Grammy-nominated album Full Circle in March and made high-profile appearances at South by Southwest and on The Tonight Show. In October, Lynn released White Christmas Blue to mark the holiday season, re-recording Yuletide favorites and even her own “To Heck with Ole Santa Claus,” originally cut in 1966.
Prior to the Ryman gigs in April, Lynn has a smattering of shows on the books. The first of these is set for February 17th at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg, Florida.