Loretta Lynn was honored by Cracker Barrel Old Country Store with its 2019 Cracker Barrel Country Legend Award. The award was presented to Loretta by Cracker Barrel's “Five Decades, One Voice” partner Trisha Yearwood at Loretta's beloved ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tenn.
Trisha said, “Loretta has played such an integral role in paving the way for the female artists who have come after her – myself included. It's truly an honor to present her this recognition, as she has been someone I have looked up to not only as a woman in country music but also as a source of warmth and support.”
The award comes on the heels of Lynn serving as the leading voice and source of inspiration behind Cracker Barrel's “Five Decades, One Voice,” a 50th anniversary program to celebrate iconic female country music artists and shine a spotlight on those following in their footsteps.
Loretta said, “For more than five decades, I've believed in taking chances where the opportunity for success is limited. To receive this honor from Cracker Barrel in recognition of all those chances and the career it led me to build is incredibly meaningful to me. It comes at an important time when I see so many female artists fighting for a chance to be heard. I want to help them bring their talents to the table and programs like 'Five Decades, One Voice' do just that. And trust me; there's plenty to go around.”
Loretta is the second recipient of the award following 2018 winner Randy Travis.