Loretta Lynn Announces Her Return to Performing After Recent Stroke

Photo: Brad Coolidge
Photo: Brad Coolidge

Good news for Loretta Lynn, her fans, and country music. After suffering what was characterized as a mild stroke on May 5th of this year, and then announcing in mid July that she would be canceling all 2017 tour dates and postponing the release of her latest album, Sony Legacy’s Wouldn’t It Be Great until she could make a full recovery, Loretta apparently is now feeling good enough to book her first live performance since the stroke.

The 85-year-old announced Wednesday (9/6) that she will appear, perform, and headline the Tennessee Motorcycles and Music Revival scheduled to run Sept. 28th through Oct. 1st, 2017. Luckily for Loretta, she won’t have to travel far to get there. The event is set to transpire at her Tennessee ranch in Hurricane Mills. She will perform there along with other acts such as Ben Haggard and The Kentucky Headhunters. 4,500 attendees are expected at the event on Loretta’s 400-acre ranch over the four-day event.

No word on whether Loretta plans any future appearances in 2017 and beyond. Her album Wouldn’t It Be Great was originally scheduled for release on August 18th to coincide with multiple shows at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. Now it is expected to be released at some point in 2018.

“Thank you so much for all of your prayers, love, and support,” Lynn said in a statement in July. “I’m happy to say that I’m at home with my family and getting better by the day! My main focus now is making a full recovery so that I can get back to putting all of me into what I love, sharing my music with all of you.”

Recently the Country Music Hall of Fame opened an exhibit focusing on Loretta Lynn. She was unable to attend the unveiling in late August, but her family at the time assured Loretta was making a “strong recovery.”