Garth Brooks: “I Wish I Was Loretta Lynn”

Garth Brooks: “I Wish I Was Loretta Lynn”

Loretta Lynn will celebrate her 87th birthday on April 14, but she will get the party started tonight (April 1) with an All-Star Birthday Celebration Concert at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena.

The concert will feature performances by Garth Brooks, George Strait, Alan Jackson, Brandy Clark, Darius Rucker, Jack White, Kacey Musgraves, Keith Urban, Little Big Town, Margo Price, Martina McBride, Miranda Lambert, Pistol Annies, Trisha Yearwood and more.

“Everybody knows Loretta, and everybody loves Loretta,” says Garth. “She’s a pistol and [I] just love being around her. I wish I was Loretta Lynn. I mean, everybody that comes to this town wants to be somebody like her . . . Everybody’s lining up to pay tribute to her.”

Dave Cobb will serve as musical director of tonight’s event. Net proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the Opry Trust Fund and the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

“I am so excited to celebrate my 87th birthday with all my friends,” says Loretta. “This is the first time I’ve ever had a birthday party! My birthday wish has come true. The only other wish I have is that Keith Urban jumps out of my birthday cake!”

We’ll keep you posted if Keith makes the leap.

Loretta released her most-recent studio album, Wouldn’t It Be Great, in September 2018. Loretta suffered a stroke in May 2017, but she has made a few public appearances since then.

photo by Tammie Arroyo, AFF-USA.com

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