Loretta Lynn has pushed back the release of her new album, Wouldn't It Be Great, and put all tour plans on hold as she continues to recover from a stroke.
The decision was revealed through a personal note from Lynn shared on her official website today (July 12).
"Thank you so much for all of your prayers, love, and support," Lynn wrote. "I'm happy to say that I'm at home with my family and getting better by the day! My main focus now is making a full recovery so that I can get back to putting all of me into what I love, sharing my music with all of you. My new album, 'Wouldn't It Be Great,' was originally scheduled to come in August this year. I now want to wait to release it next year because this record is so special for me. It deserves me at my best and I can't wait to share it. I want to thank everyone for hanging in there with me. I am getting stronger every day and can't wait to get back out there with all of you. I'm just letting everybody know that Willie (Nelson) ain't dead yet and neither am I, and I can't wait to see all of you on the road!"
The Tennessean reports that all tour dates scheduled for 2017, including two sold out nights at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium, have been cancelled. The decision comes two months after the country legend suffered a stroke in her Hurricane Mills, Tenn. home. Wouldn't It Be Great was originally scheduled to be released on Aug. 18.
Wide Open Country will keep you updated on Loretta Lynn's continued recovery.