Loretta Lynn gave an encouraging message to fans for the first time since suffering a stroke in May. And the country star chose to share the message at a family tradition. Lynn recorded a message for all of those attendance at her family ranch's 4th of July celebration.
Lynn's daughter, Patsy, hosts the concert celebration at the ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tenn. One fan in the audience recorded Lynn's message and shared it online. The ranch Facebook page then later confirmed the authenticity of the recording.
"This is Loretta Lynn, and happy fourth of July!" the recording says. "Come back again next year, and you all have a good time this year. And thank you for all the prayers. I love you."
The ranch went even further in giving an update on her condition. "Ms Loretta is making improvements and getting stronger every day," the page wrote. "And she knows her fans are praying for her. She can't wait to come back and sing for you all."
Lynn suffered the stroke on May 4. She had to cancel two concerts in July, though she is thankfully out of the hospital and now at a rehabilitation clinic.
Doctors expect Lynn to make a full recovery, which is truly amazing. She celebrated her 85th birthday on April 14. No word if she'll recover in time to continue performing this summer, but don't count her out. The tough country pioneer has fought tough battles her whole life.
The next shows on Lynn's schedule also celebrate the release of her new album, Wouldn't It Be Great. She plays the Ryman Auditorium on Aug. 24 and 25.