|Concert Review: Loretta Lynn, Crystal Gayle & The Lynns|
Reviewed by Jolene Downs
On February 22, 2003 Loretta Lynn, Crystal Gayle, Peggy Sue and The Lynns hit the stage at Silver Springs ready to entertain. It was the first time in over 15 years that Loretta Lynn and Crystal Gayle had shared a stage. Even though Loretta had been hospitalized with Pneumonia the week before and was supposed to cancel the show, she wasn't going to pass up the opportunity for an onstage family reunion. The crowd of around 12,000 that packed the lawn was sure glad that she didn't. And what a show it was!
The show started at 2:00 with Crystal Gayle. She has a beautiful voice and a very elegant appearance. She has trimmed her hair a little and it falls to just below her knees. She was dressed in a dark green, off the shoulder dress with a flowing hemline and sandals. Her segment was about 45 minutes long and she packed many fan favorites into that time. Her sister, Peggy Sue, travels with Crystal and she took center stage for a couple of songs as well. Along with an uncanny vocal resemblance to big sister Loretta, Peggy Sue has a love of telling jokes. She had the audience laughing at some of her anecdotes.
While the stage was being set up for Loretta's show, Patsy Lynn came out and chatted a little with the audience. Loretta's show was a little late starting, but at 3:30 the audience was on their feet and cheering when Loretta herself walked out onstage singing "Hey Loretta." I've seen Loretta Lynn only once before in concert, and that was years ago in Denver when she was touring with Conway Twitty and George Jones. My impression then was that she was an extremely talented person who makes you feel as though you are a part of her family. She is just that "down-home friendly." This time was exactly the same way. I was expecting her to be a little off because of her recent illness, but she sounded absolutely terrific. She looked very stylish in black pants, black western-style shirt and a long red western-style jacket. Since she was still not feeling 100 percent, she sat down frequently to rest. However, while she was resting, the entertainment didn't stop. Her daughters were on the road with her as well and they just happen to be the singing duo The Lynns. While onstage, Loretta worked her way through several of her hits and talked a little about the new CD she is working on. During one song she did from a yelled request, she missed part of the lyrics. She laughed and told us that it was ok; we could just pick up where she left off and keep going with it. Her sense of humor came out again when the band jokingly told her that all those people were trying to take their picture and she just kept getting in the way. (The line for people to file across the front of the stage to take photos was extremely long throughout the entire show. Normally this line ebbs out after the first few songs.) Loretta just kind of gave them a look and stepped back. Then she said something to the effect of the cameras seeming to follow her when she moved. This got a laugh from the crowd.
Peggy and Patsy Lynn have the stage presence of those that are very much at home there, and they know how to carry a tune. They chat with the audience while singing a wide variety of country tunes. Loretta came and joined them on a few songs and there was no question she was mama when she would say things like, "Peggy, put that tummy back under your shirt!" The audience roared with laughter and Peggy said, "Mama, you know I can't help it that I just had a baby." To which Patsy replied, "Yeah, 10 months ago!!" They were a joy to watch onstage. They sound really good together and I wish people would have more of an opportunity to hear them on the airwaves.
The moment that a lot of people had waited for came towards the end of Loretta's show. During her show, Crystal and Peggy Sue were seated on the side of the stage watching. It was awesome when the three of them stood up together and walked to the front of the stage. They did three songs together and they had a great time doing them. The three of them sound so good together that I hope their dream of doing an album together is realized. It would definitely be something to be treasured.
In any case, The Coal Miner's Daughter can still pack in the crowds and then give them what they came for - great music. I would definitely recommend seeing her show if the opportunity arises. I would also go see Crystal Gayle and The Lynns if they came to my area. It was a day of entertainment that may very well only happen once in a lifetime, and the memories will surely last a lifetime.
- Crystal Gayle
- Everybody's Reaching Out
- Sound of Goodbye
- Gonna Pop the Question
- You've Been Talking In Your Sleep
- *I'll be Over You (start Medley)
- You Never Gave Up On Me
- Baby, What About You
- I'd Do It All Over Again*
- It's Been A Long Time
- Good Girl's Gonna Go Bad (Peggy Sue)
- Rose of San Antone (Peggy Sue)
- Take Me Back To Alabama
- Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue
- America/God Bless America Medley
- Loretta Lynn
- Hey Loretta
- You Ain't Woman Enough
- When The Tingle Becomes A Chill
- I Wanna Go Home
- Somebody Somewhere
- Country In My Genes
- Blue Eyed Kentucky Girl
- God Bless America Again
- Woman to Woman (The Lynns)
- Where Did She Get It From (The Lynns)
- One Of These Nights (The Lynns)
- If You Wanna Get to Heaven - Old Kentucky (?)(Loretta and The Lynns)
- Don't Come Home A Drinkin'
- Put It Off Until Tomorrow (Loretta/Crystal/Peggy Sue)
- What's the Matter With the Baby (Loretta/Crystal/Peggy Sue)
- Put Your Hand in the Hand (Loretta/Crystal/Peggy Sue)
- Love Is The Foundation
- Coal Miners Daughter