The Grand Ole Opry celebrated two big occasions Tuesday night — Loretta Lynn‘s 50th anniversary as an Opry member and the Opry debut of Miranda Lambert‘s group Pistol Annies. As part of their performance, Pistol Annies paid tribute to Loretta with a performance of “Fist City” and Miranda delivered a solo performance of “Honky Tonk Girl,” which was the first song Loretta sang on the Opry stage in 1960.
Looking back on that first performance, Loretta says, “When they put me on the Grand Ole Opry, I was so nervous, I don’t remember anything except patting my foot to the song. I don’t remember nothing else.”
Miranda will never forget the first time she met Loretta when they recorded a new version of Loretta’s signature song, “Coal Miner’s Daughter,” together with Sheryl Crow.
“I just felt like I was talking to a friend just like somebody I’d known my whole life,” Miranda says of her first encounter with Loretta, “and she just kind of takes you in and gives you a hug and you just feel so warm when you’re in her presence.”
Miranda also discovered she and Loretta shared a passion for salt and pepper shakers when she first visited Loretta’s home and museum in Hurricane Mills, TN.
Says Miranda, ” I have like 30 sets. I’m really proud of ’em, and she had a whole collection, hundreds of ’em.”
Miranda hopes to ask Loretta to maybe trade a set of salt and pepper shakers one day.
In addition to the tributes from Miranda and Pistol Annies, Loretta was also serenaded by Lee Ann Womack and her sister Crystal Gayle at the Opry Tuesday night. Loretta closed the show herself with performances of “They Don’t Make ‘Em Like My Daddy Anymore” and a surprise duet with Trace Adkins on her duet with the late Conway Twitty, “Lead Me On.”
Pistol Annies, Lee Ann and Crystal joined Loretta back onstage for a final performance of “Coal Miner’s Daughter.”
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