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
“Larry’s Country Diner” is a unique down-home variety show which integrates entertainment, interviews and music in a weekly format, taped LIVE in front of a studio audience in a country diner setting. The show features regular characters including Black, Keith Bilbrey, Sheriff Jimmy Capps, Waitress Renae and avid church lady, Nadine, along with special guest appearances by country music artists of yesterday and today.
Join popular polka performer Mollie Busta as she hosts the weekly “Mollie B Polka Party” on RFD-TV! The one-hour program features the nation’s top polka bands and a wide variety of ethnic styles produced on location at music festivals from around the country.
They are the pioneers of business, entertainment, and agriculture. The legends of days past, and the architects of a bright future. The men and women who transformed their lives from humble beginnings in Small Town U.S.A., to world-famous captains of industry. These are their stories, in their words, as only they can tell them. Join us for a special new documentary series, The Rural Americans. Right here on RFD-TV.
RFD-TV is proud to host “The Penny Gilley Show” for almost 15 years now, starring “The Sweetheart of Country Music” herself, Penny Gilley.
Starring award-winning artist Perley Curtis, anyone who enjoys the classic sound of real Country music will love “Perley’s Place.” Filmed live at the iconic Nashville Palace, near Opryland in Nashville, TN, with a live audience, it’s one classic County hit after another.