Loretta Lynn’s emotional message to the Country Music Hall of Fame: "Tell everybody I love ’em and I will be back!"

Rick Diamond/Getty ImagesThis weekend, a new exhibit, “Loretta Lynn:  Blue Kentucky Girl,” opens at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville.  Though Loretta wasn’t able to attend the kickoff earlier in the week, an impressive array of next-generation country stars turned out to celebrate her contributions. 

Kacey Musgraves read the foreword she’s written for the museum’s book on the exhibit, while newcomer Margo Price sang “Fist City,” and singer/songwriter Brandy Clark contributed a memorable rendition of Loretta’s signature song, “Coal Miner’s Daughter.”

One of Loretta’s twin daughters, Patsy Lynn Russell, spoke on her mother’s behalf, giving one of the most significant updates on her condition since the legendary singer suffered a stroke back in May.

In July, Loretta announced that she was pushing back the release of her new album, Wouldn’t It Be Great, to focus on her recovery, though Patsy admitted that it’s hard to slow her down.

“They're plotting out the new record release after the first of the year, and what she's gonna do, and when she's gonna get to come see the exhibit here at the Hall of Fame,” Patsy said. “And it's like, 'Wow! You just don't stop, do you?' I mean, nothing's gonna bring her down. She's doing so well.”

Loretta also sent an emotional message to the Hall through her daughter.

“I said, 'Is there anything that you want me to… say…?'” Patsy told the crowd. “And she reached down, and she gave me both her wedding bands. And she says, 'Patsy, wear those tonight, then I'll be with you."

"'And tell everybody I love 'em and I will be back to see everybody!'” Patsy added, as the audience erupted in applause.

“Loretta Lynn: Blue Kentucky Girl” will be on display at the Hall through August 5 of next year.

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