Rags to Riches: A snapshot into Loretta Lynn’s life

We are remembering the life of the Country Queen, Loretta Lynn


In the wake of Loretta Lynn’s passing, we want to highlight her amazing, successful life and her love for agriculture.

She was born in a one-room log cabin and was the second of eight children. Her father was a coal miner in rural Butcher Holler, which was her inspiration for her hit, “Coal Miner’s Daughter.”

How did her career start?
Loretta grew up listening to country music and sometimes tried her hand at it around the house. Her husband, Doolittle “Mooney” Lynn, purchased a $17 guitar so she could play as she sang, and a few years later, she was singing in a local band and then formed a band of her own. By writing about her own past experiences, she quickly became an icon in the country music world and an American hero.

Loretta Lynn’s Ranch
Have you ever loved your town so much you buy it? She purchased 3500 acres in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee in the mid-1960s, which eventually became “Loretta Lynn’s Ranch.” In 1966, she and her husband, Doo, were looking for a piece of property and stumbled upon a big house on the hill. There was a catch though: she had to buy everything in order to buy the house. So, the Lynn’s literally bought the entire town. It is dubbed as one of Tennessee’s top tourist attractions and one of the largest campgrounds in the Middle Tennessee Area.

Relationship with RFD-TV
RFD-TV viewers can remember her performance on the Marty Stuart Show, where she sang her hit, “Coal Miner’s Daughter” back in 2011.

RFD-TV’s Rural Heritage even showcased her Dude Ranch. The episode starts out from the Loretta Lynn Ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee.

Bob Phillips with Texas Country Reporter joined us on the Market Day Report to highlight his friendship with Loretta. He says she was special because “she understood that the heart and soul of this country reside in rural America - it does not live in our big crowded cities. It lives out on the farms and ranches and in small towns.”

Greatest Hits
“Lay Me Down” featuring Willie Nelson

“You’re Lookin’ At Country”

“I Fall To Pieces”

“Don’t Come Home A-Drinkin’”

“Blue Kentucky Girl”

Rural Lifestyle & Entertainment Shows
First introduced to RFD-TV on Larry’s Country Diner, The Malpass Brothers, modern day troubadours, bring you their very own, brand-new show to RFD-TV. Viewers can enjoy traditional country music from the brother duo of Chris & Taylor Malpass, a featured celebrity guest on each episode, and loads of clever humor.
Ray’s Roadhouse is a weekly program featuring the music of Ray Benson and Asleep at the Wheel. Ray and his band Asleep at the Wheel has had a more than 50 year career in the music industry and over the years have earned nine Grammy Awards. The program also will feature guest performers such as Pat Green, Stoney LaRue and Kelly Willis.
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For more than 20 years on the air during its original run, HEE HAW did more than simply make people laugh; it made an unforgettable mark on country music and became an American Institution.
The affable and unassuming international singing star Daniel O’Donnell is one of Ireland’s best known performers – from Australia to Alaska.