Remembering the golden era of country music with Loretta Lynn and Conway Twitty’s grandchildren
Twitty and Lynn: A Salute to Conway and Loretta
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – The timeless music of Loretta Lynn and Conway Twitty continues to be an emblem of the golden era of country music.
Friday, here in Bowling Green, Lynn and Twitty’s grandchildren took to the Capitol Arts Theater stage to share their grandparents’ memories through song and story.
“Their energy is with us all the time,” said Loretta Lynn’s granddaughter, Tayla Lynn.
Conway Twitty’s grandson, Tre Twitty, agreed, echoing, “All these people just remember Loretta and Conway from the seventies and didn’t get a chance to relive that again later on because he passed away. So, all these songs that we sing, they’re kind of like hymnals in a way, you know?”
Loretta Lynn and Conway Twitty’s inimitable chemistry and legendary hits have established them as one of the greatest duos in country music history. Tayla and Tre delve even further into their kind-hearted natures off the stage.
“Conway Twitty, or Poppy, as I call him, is one of the most overlooked and forgotten superstars of all time,” Tre said of his grandfather. “You think about his peers like Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Loretta Tammy Wynette, George Jones. Their stories have all been told three or four times over. Conway’s has not been told. I want to tell people that this was a man who helped invent rock and roll, who was the first country music crossover to from rock to country, and all of these amazing things that he did that nobody knows about.”
“I think for me, Memaw’s humor: that’s a part that I want to keep going,” Tayla shared of her grandmother’s defining attributes. “She always said she was a songwriter first, and so just getting that across and really just how gracious she was. I really can’t say that enough.”
Country music lovers come all across the nation to ‘Twitty and Lynn: A Salute to Conway and Loretta’, each person helping uphold the icons’ larger-than-life legacies.
“It’s just nostalgia and memories,” Tre said of his and Tayla’s homage performances. “All these songs are tied to emotions, so that’s why people like this show so much. We’ll see great-grandmothers, grandmothers, moms, and grandchildren all at the show.”
“We are fans at the end of the day,” said Tayla reverently. “And this is a dream for us that we get to go out there and tell these stories and that the people love our grandparents enough to show up and hear us sing it.”