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Loretta Lynn to Play Two-Night Birthday Celebration at Ryman Auditorium

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Loretta Lynn is returning to the Mother Church this April.

The Queen of Country Music will headline a two-night stand at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium on April 14 and 15. The first show also happens to fall on Lynn’s 85th birthday, so it’s likely that the country legend will have some surprises up her sleeve.

It’s fitting that one of country music’s greatest icons would spend her birthday at the beloved historic  venue. Lynn made her Grand Ole Opry debut at the Ryman on Oct. 15, 1960, and has been a member of the Opry since Sept. 1962. The last time “The Coal Miner’s Daughter” headlined Ryman Auditorium was back in 2014.

“The Honky Tonk Girl” kept herself busy in 2016, despite canceling a run of shows due to injuries related to a fall. She kicked off the year with the release of her most recent full-length record, Full Circle. Loretta then made the rounds in support of the album, stopping at South By Southwest in Austin, as well as appearing on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. Lynn also kept herself busy by recording her first full-length Christmas album in decades.

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So far, Loretta Lynn has 16 tour stops on the books for 2017. The run of shows begins in St. Petersburg, Fla. at the Mahaffey Theatre and ends in Shipshewana, Ind. at Shipshewana Event Center.

Tickets for Lynn’s Ryman residency go on sale Friday, Jan. 6 at 10 a.m. local time.

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