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No Loretta on Sunday

July 14, 2011 - Michael Palmer
An ailing Loretta Lynn has canceled her Sunday appearance at Jamboree in the Hills.

The website for the Jamboree in the Hills says the 76-year-old country music legend won't be taking the stage on Sunday because she was recently hospitalized for serious dehydration. A statement posted Wednesday says the singer was treated following a period of extreme heat in Tennessee, where she lives.

Lynn is quoted saying she's sad to have to cancel any shows and that she was looking forward to seeing her fans.

With 17 No. 1 albums, 27 No. 1 singles and 21 CMA, ACM and Grammy Awards to her credit, Loretta Lynn's resume speaks for itself. Perhaps as much a testament of Lynn's enduring legacy is her continued impact on the current generation of stars of country music and beyond. Everyone from the White Stripes and Paramore to Alan Jackson and Faith Hill lined up to participate in a Lynn tribute album last year.

Though the Coal Miner's Daughter's recorded output may have slowed, her last major release was 2004's "Van Lear Rose", the great grandmother remains a consistent presence on the road bringing her family members along to help her by performing in the show. Lynn, the undeniable Queen of Country Music, still takes the stage in her heavy and hot sequin covered gowns, not what you would call comfortable attire for the Jambo heat.

We wish her a speedy recovery, although we will be disappointed. The replacement of Sammy Kershaw is quite acceptable, but the addition of The Straight Shot is not doing it for me. Merle Haggard cancelled in 2009 and was replaced by both Joe Diffie and John Anderson.

I will reserve my final judgment until after the concert. However, the rest of Sunday is for sure a great slate of country with Rodney Atkins, Neal McCoy and Montgomery Gentry. I hope the usual mass exodus on Sunday will not miss the show for Montgomery Gentry, but I would guess the camping and traffic personnel will be voting that they start pulling up stakes Saturday night.


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