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Loretta Lynn proves to Milwaukee that she's still the queen of country music

Loretta Lynn performs to a sold out crowd in Milwaukee at the Northern Lights Theater
Loretta Lynn performs to a sold out crowd in Milwaukee at the Northern Lights Theater
Copyright 2014 John Schulze

Last night April 11 Loretta Lynn performed her second night in Milwaukee at the Potawatomi Bingo Casino's Northern Lights Theater to a sold-out room of fans. What's there really left to be said about Loretta Lynn after 50 years as the reigning queen of country music? As it turns out, quite a bit. Lynn has lived a life so storied and full of vivid legend that it's almost storybook, and in many ways Lynn's life is the blueprint and road map of what it means to grow up country in America. From a young girl of 19 in Butcher Holler, KY winning blue ribbons at the local fair for her canned vegetables to the Presidential Medal of Freedom awarded to Lynn at the age of 81, she has lived a life devoted to her friends, family and country music.

Loretta Lynn performs in Milwaukee at the Northern Lights Theater
Loretta Lynn performs in Milwaukee at the Northern Lights Theater
Copyright 2014 John Schulze

Merely stating that Lynn's career was groundbreaking only scratches the surface. In the 1970's Lynn won just about every major award one could win in country music and she won most of them several times. Top Female Vocalist, Entertainer of the Year, Female Artist of the Year, Top Album of the Year and Vocal Duo of the Year with Conway Twitty were just some of the awards that Lynn won year after year.

Although last night Lynn was feeling a bit under the weather, according to her children a recent glaucoma surgery in her right eye didn't work as planned, it didn't deter Loretta Lynn from being the entertainer that she was born to be and delivered to Milwaukee an unforgettable performance of her greatest hits in what is perhaps Wisconsin's best 500 seat theater.. Peggy and Patsy Lynn told the audience that their mother insisted on performing her two concerts in Milwaukee instead of cancelling them, opting to take care of her eye next week because she didn't want to let down the fans that had paid for a show. After letting her children warm up the stage for a few songs, including "Tulsa Time," Loretta Lynn wasted no time getting down to business and opened up the show with her signature song, "Coal Miner's Daughter." Check out the gallery for a photo recap of last night's performance. For upcoming performances be sure to check out Loretta Lynn's tour dates at her website.