Most tribute artists have a unique talent for performing by looking and sounding like their heroes. And while some children possess musical talent that has obviously been passed down from their famous namesakes, it is certainly evident in the case of country legends Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn that the acorn doesn’t fall far from the tree, even a generation down the line. Tre Twitty and Tayla Lynn, the grandchildren of Conway and Loretta, have teamed up to pay tribute to their beloved grandparents by singing the hits that made their grandparents country superstars.
Lynn grew up surrounded by country music and learned to sing at an early age. She even joined her grandmother on stage to sing at the tender age of four. More recently, Loretta collaborated with Lynn on “Honky Tonk Girl,” which was featured on Lynn’s first album, “The Ranch.”
For Twitty, show business didn’t become part of his life until he was 23 and fresh out of the U.S. Air Force. Twitty’s father, Michael Twitty, invited him on stage to perform one of Conway’s songs. Although he had never sung seriously up to that point, Twitty gave it a try. The audience loved it.
Twitty continued singing with his father and eventually ended up singing at the Loretta Lynn Ranch for the annual tribute to Conway Twitty, who died in 1993. It was here that the idea for a tour started.
For their tribute show, Twitty and Lynn perform some of the duos classic songs that reached number 1 on the chart, such as “After the Fire is Gone,” “The Letter,” “I Can’t Love You Enough,” and “Lead Me On”.
But make no mistake, Twitty’s and Lynn’s performance is not designed to mimick Conway and Loretta. Rather, they put their own unique spin on each number. And in between the music, they delight the audience with stories. Twitty tends to reminisce on Loretta and Conway, their songs and their lives in the music business. Lynn’s tales are more current: of how life on the ranch with Loretta is now and how she is doing.
This heartfelt tribute show is sure to move many to tears as Twitty and Lynn perform at the Tioga County Fairgrounds Thursday, Aug. 13 with two shows. The first from 6 to 7 p.m. and the second from 8 to 9 p.m. Tickets for premium seats only will be available online at TiogaCountyFair.com beginning March 15 and will include fair gate admission. General seating will go on sale on or before June 1, for $25 each and will also include gate admission. Tickets purchased online must be printed and presented at the gate. Tickets purchased the day of the show at the fairgrounds will not include gate admission.