Country star Loretta Lynn hurt in fall, requires surgery

(AP Photo/Mary Jo Walicki)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Country music star Loretta Lynn has postponed shows after suffering injuries in a fall that will require minor surgery.

Lynn’s injuries were described as not serious, but a statement posted on her website on Wednesday said her doctors have advised her to stay off the road until she’s made a full recovery.

The 84-year-old singer and songwriter was not able to perform during a Labor Day weekend show at her home in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee, and three upcoming shows in September have been postponed.

One of Lynn’s appearances she cancelled includes Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion music festival

The Birthplace of Country Music issued the following release Wednesday evening:

The Birthplace of Country Music regretfully announces that headliner Loretta Lynn will not perform at this year’s Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion music festival.

According to a statement issued by Ms. Lynn’s team, the country music legend is “at home recuperating from a recent fall that left her unable to perform on Labor Day weekend at her ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee. Although her injuries are not serious, she will be undergoing minor surgery and Loretta’s doctors have advised her to stay off the road until she’s made a full recovery.”

The artist has cancelled several other shows on her tour in addition to Bristol Rhythm.

“Loretta Lynn is a living legend in country music and we were so excited about having her in Bristol,” said Leah Ross, Executive Director of the Birthplace of Country Music, the parent organization of the festival. “We know that she would be here if she could, and everyone at BCM wishes her a full and speedy recovery.”

The Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion Music Committee is currently working to book another major artist to perform at the festival which takes place in Historic Downtown Bristol, VA/TN September 16-18.

“Though there is no replacement for such an iconic artist as Loretta Lynn—and we are only days away from the event—our music committee is working hard to try and book another headlining artist that will excite fans. We hope to announce an addition to the lineup prior to festival,” said Ross.

The “Coal Miner’s Daughter” released her first studio album in a decade earlier this year, called “Full Circle.” She continues to tour regularly.

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