Death of Loretta Lynn: the country music industry reacts and pays tribute

Dolly Parton, Reba McEntire, Carrie Underwood, Sheryl Crow, Margo Price and many other stars shared heartfelt tributes to country music pioneer Loretta Lynn, who died Tuesday at age 90. in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee.

“Mom and Loretta were four years apart, with mom being the oldest. They always reminded me a lot of each other. Strong women, who loved their children and were fiercely loyal,” McEntire wrote in a statement to Variety. “Now they’re both in heaven visiting each other and talking about how they were raised, how different country music is from what it was when they were young. It makes me feel good that mom is the first to welcome Loretta to the cries of heaven. I always loved him and always will love Loretta. She has always been so nice to me. I really appreciate that she paved the difficult and rocky road for all of us singers. McEntire joined Lynn’s latest album, 2021’s “Still Woman Enough,” singing on the title track with Carrie Underwood.

Underwood also weighed in with her respects, writing on social media, “The first time I met Loretta Lynn was at the Grand Ole Opry early in my career. I was chatting in the corner with another artist and someone walked up behind me and slapped my ass! I turned around and there she was…in a big sparkly dress…laughing as she continued walking down the hall at what she had just done…This is one of my favorite stories to tell. I think that pretty much sums up his personality. She was a cantankerous little gun…friendly and gentle…never afraid to be herself and speak her mind.
Over the years, I’ve had the honor of singing for her…and also with her…in some of the most special moments of my career. She is irreplaceable. She will be sorely missed…but her legacy lives on among those of us she influenced. I am truly grateful to have known such an incredible woman and artist. Thanks, Loretta, for showing us how it’s done. May you rest in peace in the arms of Jesus and add your heavenly voice to the choir of angels. Underwood signed off with the two-word greeting that Lynn always included in her autographs: “I love you!”

Sheryl Crow, who performed alongside Lynn at the Country Music Awards in 2010 after recording a new version of “Coal Miner’s Daughter” with Lynn and Miranda Lambert the same year, also shared her sentiments in a statement. “News of Loretta Lynn’s passing just hit my newsfeed and time stood still,” she wrote. “There will never be another like her. May she always sing with the angels!

Alternative country singer Margo Price, who also featured in a duet on Lynn’s latest album, wrote on Twitter, “Safe to say I wouldn’t even be doing country music today without Loretta Lynn. She showed me what it was like to be a musician and a mom. His writing was as real as the day is long. This one hurts on another level. I will miss her forever.

Martina McBride offered a tribute early Tuesday morning, saying “there will never be another like her. I’m so grateful to have gotten to know her, to spend time with her, to laugh with her.

In a statement shared on her social media, Dolly Parton remembered her and Lynn’s time in Nashville, writing, “She was a wonderful human being, wonderful talent, she had millions of fans and I’m part of.”

The Oak Ridge Boys also paid tribute via Twitter, sharing a photo of the singer and adding, “Britain has lost its queen…now we’ve lost ours…rest easy ma’am.” You were loved by all…”

Carly Pearce, who in 2021 released a tribute song dedicated to the late singer titled ‘Dear Miss Loretta’, wrote: ‘She showed us all how to speak the truth shamelessly. One of the greatest there will ever be. I’ll be singing ‘Dear Miss Loretta’ with a little extra love tonight at @opry”

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