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LORETTA LYNN Country Music Icon Plays Kingston for Very First Time!

  |   February 21, 2011  |  Comment

The Bardavon is pleased to present country music icon Loretta Lynn at the Ulster Performing Arts Center (UPAC) in Kingston, Friday, March 4 at 8pm. Opening the concert will be the Erin Hobson Compact.

Celebrating her 50th Anniversary in Country music, Loretta Lynn was born in Kentucky to a coal miner father in a large family.  Loretta married at barely 14 years old, was a mother soon after and moved to Washington State with her husband, Oliver Vanetta Lynn (aka Doo). Their marriage was sometimes tumultuous; he had affairs and she was headstrong. Their experiences together became inspiration for her music.

When she was 24 years old, Doo bought her a guitar. She taught herself to play and cut her first record the next year. She became a part of the country music scene in Nashville in the 1960s, and in 1967 charted her first of sixteen #1 hits (out of 70 charted songs as a solo artist and a duet partner) that include Don’t Come Home A’ Drinkin’ (With Lovin’ on Your Mind), You Ain’t Woman Enough, Fist City, and Coal Miner’s Daughter. She focused on blue collar women’s issues with themes of philandering husbands and persistent mistresses, and pushed boundaries in the conservative genre of country music by singing about birth control (The Pill), repeated childbirth (One’s on the Way), double standards for men and women (Rated ‘X’), and being widowed by the Vietnam War draft (Dear Uncle Sam). Country music radio stations often refused to play her songs. Nonetheless, she became known as “The First Lady of Country Music” and continues to be one of the most successful vocalists of all time.

Loretta Lynn was the first woman to win the CMA’s most prestigious award, Entertainer of the Year.  Loretta scored more and more hits, and became more and more famous beyond her country base. In 1973, she appeared on the cover of Newsweek; in 1976 her autobiography (written with journalist George Vescey) became a New York Times Bestseller; in 1980 the book was made into a hit film starring Sissy Spacek and Tommy Lee Jones. By the time of her last major hit (I Lie in 1982), Lynn counted fifty-two Top 10 hits and sixteen #1’s.

Loretta Lynn spent the ‘90s largely away from the spotlight, caring for her ailing husband and, after he died in 1996, grieving his loss. The music scene has changed considerably in her absence but it is also a scene she helped create. Indeed, it would be all but impossible to imagine the likes of Shania Twain’s Any Man of Mine and Deana Carter’s Did I Shave My Legs for This? or any number of Dixie Chicks hits, without her. Her most recent album, Van Lear Rose, was released in 2005, produced by Jack White, and topped the country music charts at #2. Lynn continues to tour and is the recipient of numerous awards in country and American music.

Tickets for the Friday, March 4, 8pm Loretta Lynn concert at UPAC in Kingston are available at the UPAC Box Office (601 Broadway, Kingston, 845.339.6088), at the Bardavon Box Office (35 Market Street, Poughkeepsie, 845.473.2072), and through Ticketmaster (800.745.3000 or www.ticketmaster.com).  Seats are $66 Golden Circle, $51 Adult and $46 Member. For further information, please visit www.bardavon.org.

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