A true icon of Country music and American culture, Loretta Lynn, also known as the Coal Miner's Daughter, celebrated the 50th anniversary of her debut single in 2010. A member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, a fourtime Grammy honoree and a recipient of the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, Lynn began her career with the 1960 success of her debut single, I'm a Honky Tonk Girl.
The event launched a musical legacy that has included 16 No. 1 singles, including such classics as One's on the Way, Don't Come Home A-Drinkin' (with Lovin' on Your Mind), and Lynn's signature song, Coal Miner's Daughter.
"Lynn is not only one of the best female country musicians of all time but she is also a role-model American"
– Rolling Stone Magazine
Mama's Blue Dress
Mama's Blue Dress is an all-female country quartet featuring airtight harmonies and vocal chemistry, blazing twin fiddles and a hint of soul. Since their first show in January 2012, the band has played to numerous sold-out rooms across the Southeast, often receiving standing ovations for their dynamic performances, stellar songwriting, and gorgeous harmonies.
Mama's Blue Dress has performed at the CMA Music Festival, the Country Throwdown tour, the Georgia National Fair, the 30A Songwriters Festival, Folk Alliance, and on WSM Radio's Coffee, Country & Cody. The group is currently in the studio with producer Jen Ketner and executive producer Keith Stegall (a Nashville legend known for his work with Alan Jackson, Randy Travis and Zac Brown).
Each member is an accomplished songwriter, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist:
NICOLE WITT (vocals, fiddle, guitar) has written songs for numerous country stars including George Strait, Kenny Rogers, Lauren Alaina, Rodney Atkins and Terri Clark, and Christian artists such as Mandisa.
VANESSA OLIVAREZ (vocals, percussion) is a Dora Award-nominated vocalist who wrote and recorded a Top 10 pop single in Canada. She wrote several songs recorded by Sugarland (including "Sugarland" on their multi-platinum hit album Enjoy the Ride), and was recently featured on PBS' Sun Studio Sessions. She was also a top 12 finalist on American Idol.
ELIZABETH ELKINS (vocals, guitar) is a Grand Prize Winner of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest whose songs have been a part of more than 30 television shows. She has been featured in Guitar Player magazine.
ANDREA YOUNG (vocals, fiddle, mandolin) has performed with Jana Kramer, Halfway to Hazard, Bo Bice, Jerrod Niemann, Laura Bell Bundy, Lady Antebellum and Kenny Olson of Kid Rock. She has been featured on GAC's Headline Country and was a member of the house band on CMT's Can You Duet.
"Songs that blend literate yet hooky construction with a strong dose of sisterhood. A convincing and entertaining piece of work." -Critics' Pick, The Nashville Scene
"Incredibly likeable." - CMT.com
"Unbelievable harmonies. One of the best things I've ever seen or heard." - John MacDonnell, WUWF Pensacola