George Strait, Keith Urban, Little Big Town, Darius Rucker and many other famous faces are set to perform at the public memorial for the late Loretta Lynn on Sunday (October 30th). Hosted by NBC’s Today Show co-host and close family friend Jenna Bush Hager, the celebration will feature never-before-seen performances and collaborations, with special guest appearances from some of the biggest names in entertainment, which will also include Tanya Tucker, Crystal Gayle, Brandi Carlile, Emmy Russell & Lukas Nelson, The Highwomen with Brittney Spencer, Margo Price and Wynonna, along with special appearances from Loretta’s closest friends and family, including Barbara Mandrell, Faith Hill, Martina McBride, Sheryl Crow and Tim McGraw.
Coal Miner’s Daughter: A Celebration of the Life & Music of Loretta Lynn, a live celebration from the Grand Ole Opry House, in partnership with the family of Loretta Lynn, to honor the extraordinary life, legacy and music of country legend Loretta Lynn. The public memorial service is set to air commercial-free on Sunday, October 30th at 7pm ET/PT, exclusively on CMT, with two additional commercial-free encores on Wednesday, November 2nd at 8pm ET/PT and Sunday, November 6th at 11am ET/PT. The special will also be made available on Paramount+ in early 2023.
Audio / Darius Rucker talks about the friendship and respect he had for Loretta Lynn.Download
Darius Rucker (Loretta Lynn) OC: …human being. :54
“Loretta was wonderful to me. We became really good friends. She always called me her boyfriend, and we always had a great time together. Loretta was, when I first came to Nashville 16 years ago, Loretta was one of the first people who was singing my praises. I’ll never forget looking at just a random article somebody sent to me, and they asked Loretta what she thought of country music, and she said, ‘That Darius Rucker is country.’ That was amazing to me. That was amazing to me that she even knew who I was, let alone to go out of her way to be that way to me and be that way in public, and I think that helped me a lot. So, we became really good friends and she’s always special. I miss Loretta. I miss seeing her at the Opry. I miss seeing her at the CMAs and shows and stuff, and she always came up to me and gave me a big hug and made me feel like I was the most important person in her life in that moment, and I miss her. She was a wonderful human being.”