In a recent tweet, Loretta Lynn gave props to Patsy Cline and Kitty Wells, calling them “the original female trailblazers.” The tweet comes as a response to Taylor Swift and Shania Twain, who took to TikTok to create a new trend denying the myth that “country girls can’t do pop.”
In her video, Taylor spotlighted Shania, and Shania spotlighted Dolly Parton. Parton herself has stated when people call her the queen of country, that Loretta Lynn is the real queen. Now, Loretta Lynn has put her hand in the ring and honored Patsy Cline.
“When I came along it was a man’s world,” Lynn wrote in her tweet. “I idolized Kitty Wells and Patsy Cline—the original female trailblazers! My heroes and inspiration. I’m always grateful and never forget what they did for me…for country music…for all us girls.”
In the replies, Loretta Lynn included photos of her and Patsy Cline, along with a quote; “As time has gone on, I haven’t stopped loving Patsy or thinking about her and talking to her, even. Not for one single day. She changed my life forever.”
She tagged the post with hashtags like “honor where honor is due” and “pioneers,” as well as “I remember Patsy.” She also tagged it “let’s go girls” in a fun nod to Shania Twain.
When I came along it was a man’s world. I idolized Kitty Wells and Patsy Cline—the original female trailblazers! My heroes and inspiration. I’m always grateful and never forget what they did for me…for country music…for all us girls.— Loretta Lynn (@LorettaLynn) September 28, 2021
Loretta Lynn’s Tennessee Benefit Concert a Success
Along with remembering Patsy Cline and celebrating 59 years as a member of the Grand Ole Opry, Loretta Lynn also celebrated the wild success of her Tennessee benefit concert, Loretta Lynn’s Friends: Hometown Rising. The concert brought together stars like Garth Brooks, Reba McEntire, and Luke Combs.
The concert was held to raise funds for Humphreys County, Tennessee, which was a victim of severe flooding in August. It was held at the Grand Ole Opry and raised nearly $1 million for relief efforts. The money went in full to the United Way of Humphreys County.
This does my heart so good,” Loretta Lynn said in response to the outpouring of support. “[This] makes me thankful for great friends who show up when you need them.” The concert not only raised money, but it also raised spirits and morale after a devastating tragedy.
Lynn’s ranch was personally affected by the disaster; she lost her ranch foreman, Wayne Spears, to a flash flood. In a post on Facebook, the ranch stated that it “will never be the same without him [Spears] but he will always be remembered for his ready smile, kind heart, and willingness to go the extra mile for everyone around him.”
“We’ll all be OK as long as we continue to help one another,” Loretta Lynn said in a news release about the concert. She saw the devastation from the floods, and chose to focus on the people of Tennessee coming together and helping one another; that’s what her concert was all about.