TVD Ticket Giveaway: Loretta Lynn at the 9:30 Club, 7/26

It’s no secret that country music isn’t what it used to be. With the changing times, we’ve gone from country-folk, to rap-country-rock combinations, to indie rock with banjos, to country-pop Top 40 hits. In the midst of Taylor Swift’s tear-stained guitars, there seems to be no hope in saving the sounds of classic country. Fortunately for us, there is one legend still around to be our saving grace. Her name is Loretta Lynn.

It’s been over 50 years since Loretta’s song “I’m a Honky Tonk Girl” was released, yet Loretta’s music sounds as fresh today as it did half a century ago. Born a humble coal miner’s daughter in Butcher Hollow, Kentucky, Loretta Lynn’s successful career has transcended many generations and still continues to reign supreme.

She was named Entertainer of the Year by the Country Music Association in 1972, was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1988, and in 2010, she was honored with the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. She has been inducted into more music halls of fame than any other female recording artist in the world.

In 1970, she released a song named “Coal Miner’s Daughter” as an autobiographical snapshot of her childhood and relationship with her father. Soon after, Lynn wrote a bestselling autobiography of the same name, which then led to the Academy Award-winning movie starring Sissy Spacek in 1980.

In large part, Lynn’s music has managed to stay relevant thanks to the help of the mega-artist, producer, and current all-around Nashvillian Jack White.

In 2004, she decided to reach out to White (a long-time admirer) to produce her upcoming album. The duo became quick friends and ended up creating Van Lear Rose, which received high praise and was nominated for five Grammy Awards in 2005, winning for Best Country Album and Best Country Collaboration with Vocals. The greatest achievement seemed to be a brand new fan base and heightened appreciation for the songstress, 41 years after the release of her first single.

When asked what keeps her going on tours Lynn responded with, “It’s just one of them things. When somebody needs you, you just go.” In order to keep pleasing her fans new and old alike, Loretta decided to embark on a nationwide tour in the summer of 2013.

On Friday, July 26, Loretta is making a stop at the 9:30 Club in Washington, DC, and we’ve got a pair of tickets to give away to one very, very lucky person!

If you want to win a pair of tickets to see the lovely Loretta at 9:30 Club, then tell us in the comments below, your favorite classic country artist(s). Aside from Loretta Lynn, I think mine has to be Alabama, but I’m pretty biased since the fiddle player is my cousin. It still counts!

The winner will be chosen at noon on Monday, July 22. Tickets are still available.

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  • Jen

    Barbara Mandrell

  • SLINGBLADE

    Hank Williams Sr. although he left us to soon is the greatest classic country artist ever.

  • Adb

    Gonna have to go with the Oak Ridge Boys.
    Between them, Alabama and dolly, that made up my core country music as a kid. Plus we had some on 8 track as well. So you know it was just cool.
    So play me some mountain music. Like grandma and grandpa used to play!

  • Jerkwheatery

    Gonna have to go with Waylon Jennings.
    I think my dad wore out a few copies of The Highwayman cassette with Waylon, Willie, Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson when I was growing up.

  • JenniferStarr

    Little Jimmy Dickens! He is still performing on the Opry and is absolutely amazing!

  • Julia S

    Merle Haggard

  • HannahHoffman

    Definitely Merle Haggard. Every song he wrote, like Loretta, not only told an amazing story (with impeccable songwriting) but also was catchy! Mama Tried is a perfect song, great lyrics, catchy riff, just perfection. They don’t make them like Hag and Loretta anymore, but thankfully they are still performing and making incredible music!

  • JenFisher

    I love Loretta–she’s an inspiration to Kentucky girls everywhere.  But I also love Willie Nelson, David Allen Coe, The Highwaymen…too many to list here.

  • DanaFly

    Patsy Cline

  • lilpeanutgw

    Willy Nelson was my very first concert ever, at age 6, at Merriweather Post Pavilion. He will always have a special place in my heart as my all-time favorite country artist.

  • JDrumheller

    So many but it comes down to Waylon, Johnny and The Possum, George Jones.

  • joshuapollina

    The Flying Burrito Brothers (Gram Parsons)!

  • Kala B

    Obviously Hank Williams!!! But Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings and Dolly Parton make my list too.

  • kyle0thompson

    Johnny Cash

  • SandraCotterMasengill

    well i love loretta .but i guess it would be have to be pasty Cline. she is my all time favorite artist. and you have to be C R A Z Y. not to..!! <3<3

  • Paul

    I gotta echo Johnny Cash.  But still love Waylon, Sonny James,

  • Jill

    Johnny Cash and Patsy Cline!

  • BeckyGould

    Johnny Cash and Dolly Parton!

  • Dane

    Johnny Cash for sure.

  • Tim

    Patsy Cline. I work at the Patsy Cline Historic House in Winchester,VA. Would love to see Loretta.

  • http://wardrobeoxygen.com/ wardrobe_oxygen

    Waylon, reminds me of childhood.

  • L Jules Davis

    George Jones

  • L Jules Davis

    and Johnny Cash!

  • MPruit

    This time period in country reminds me of rolling around in my Dad’s pickup in New Mexico. We were always listening to Hank Snow, Hank WIlliams Jr and Sr, Waylon, Cash. My favorite though has always been Willie Nelson, especially the Red Headed Stranger album.

  • BiancaFlury

    Besides loving Loretta, my favorite classic country artists would definitely have to be Dolly Parton, Patsy Cline, and Kitty Wells!

  • Maria

    Love Patsy Cline!

  • Cindisue

    Aside from Loretta and the girls (Patsy and Peggy), Toby Keith because of all the tours he does in order to support us – soldiers. Have seen a few of his tours overseas while deployed. So in that respect, I too, am prejudice. Toby has done a lot of patriotic songs also. Kept me going overseas and others with me. Couldn’t have made it without him, or so we felt.

  • Jennip324

    I WANT TO WIN THAT PAIR OF TICKETS TO SEE MY LIFETIME IDOL,THE GORGEOUS AND TALENTED, MS. LORETTA LYNN. IT HAS BEEN MY DREAM TO ONE DAY MEET HER IN PERSON. SHE HAS ALWAYS BEEN MY # 1 FAVORITE FEMALE SINGER. 2nd TO HER, IS MS. PATSY CLINE, WHO I BELIEVE WAS LORETTAS INSPIRATION FOR HER SONGS AND HER SINGING STYLE. I LOVE MS . LORETTA SO MUCH,AND WOULD DO OR GIVE ANYTHING,TO BE ABLE TO WIN THIS PAIR OF TICKETS,AND GET TO SEE HER. LOVE YOU,MS. LORETTA. YOU ARE THE QUEEN OF COUNTRY MUSIC,AND AN ANGEL IN MY EYES. GOD BLESS YOU.

  • Will

    In addition to Loretta, my favorites include: Patsy Cline, Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, Ray Price, and George Strait. I’m so thankful for all of the great music they have each recorded!

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