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Loretta Lynn In San Antonio 8/23/13

Photo: Skeeter Nash

My wife Sweetie and I got to see a true living legend of Country music in concert this past Friday night (8/23/13)! The “Coal Miner’s Daughter” herself, Loretta Lynn, put on a hit-packed show at the beautiful Majestic Theatre in downtown San Antonio to a near-packed house of her fans, who gave her several standing ovations throughout theshow. It was truly a “family affair,” too, as Loretta’s son, Ernest Ray, started the show by singing a couple of songs (backed by Loretta’s band), then introduced The Lynns (Loretta’s twin daughters, Peggy and Patsy). The sang several songs, including some from their past and recent albums. The audience gave them all a warm welcome, and they did a great job of getting everyone in the Majestic warmed up and ready for their Mama!

Loretta entered to a standing ovation of thunderous applause, then the crowd settled in for a show packed with some of her biggest song, including “You’re Looking At Country,” “When The Tingle Becomes A Chill,” “Blue Kentucky Girl,” “One’s On The Way,” and her very first recorded song, “I’m A Honky Tonk Girl.” Women in the crowd cheered and sang along as Loretta belted out “You Ain’t Woman Enough,” and laughed as she performed her Number One hit from 1971, “One’s On The Way.” Loretta kept increasing the number of expected babies to “two,” then “four,” and showed her sassy side as she chided her son, Ernest Ray, for telling a mildly “adult” joke, and chiding keyboard player Craig Morris for having a stage monitor speaker that had a feedback problem. She also got Ernest to fill in for the late Conway Twitty on a couple of their big duet hits, and later performed a couple of more classic Conway & Loretta songs, featuring rhythm guitarist Bart Hanson.

(L-R) Craig Morris [keyboards], Eric Kaberle [drums], Skeeter Nash [smiles] Photo: Sweetie Nash
On a personal note, I got to see some old friends of mine who play in Loretta’s band, including the Bart Hanson, Eric Kaberle (the drummer), and Craig Morris, whom I played with several times while living in northeast Arkansas, where he makes his home.

After a quick medley of a few more of her hits, and featuring several other members of her band singing various songs, it was time for Loretta’s autobiographical hit (and the title of the 1980 bio-pic of her life), “Coal Miner’s Daughter.” When the song was finished, she took her bows and left the stage, leaving her fans in San Antonio with the memories of a great show from a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, and soon to be awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Long Live the Coal Miner’s Daughter!

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