Grown-up birthday parties can be, well, a little awkward. Unless you’re Loretta Lynn. Then grown-up birthday parties can be a big ol’ blow-out with many of the hottest stars in country music on the invitation list. And while we’re sure having Keith Urban jump out of the birthday cake is next level special, we aren’t sure that it beats the all-star singalong that ended the show.
Finally coaxing her big sister on stage, Crystal Gayle and Tanya Tucker supported the soon-to- be 87-year-old Loretta and kicked off her signature smash, “Coal Miner’s Daughter.” At first it seemed as if the legendary star wasn’t interested in singing it herself, but eventually, she took the microphone from her baby sis and just did it herself…because she IS the queen and she DID sound awesome.
However, she had an impressive cast of background singers behind her and they didn’t seem to miss a note. In a video of the birthday party/show’s finale, the stage is filled with luminaries such as Martina McBride, Alan Jackson, Brandi Carlile, Jack White, Little Big Town, Alison Krauss, Cam, Margo Price, Darius Rucker, Keith Urban, Lee Ann Womack, Brandy Clark, Randy Houser, and George Strait. Yep, the King was there to honor the Queen.
Loretta, who turns 87 on April 14, was escorted off the stage by Hollywood hunk Dennis Quaid. Not a bad way to celebrate the big 8-7.
The star-studded event featured a night of performances from many more of country’s best and brightest including the women-empowered Pistol Annies (Miranda Lambert, Ashley Monroe, and Angaleena Presley) and Highwoman (Brandi Carlile, Natalie Hemby, Maren Morris, and Amanda Shires), as well as Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood.
Happy Birthday, Miss Loretty!