by VICTORIA HENLEY
Starring the outrageously talented Tayla Lynn and Tre Twitty, “Twitty and Lynn: A Salute to Conway and Loretta” is a tribute show unlike any other, celebrating the country music industry’s most iconic and celebrated stars — Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn.
The headlining performers’ remarkable vocal/tonal resemblance and sparkling stage presence to the country music royalty whom they tribute transports audiences back to a live show starring the crooners, and this beautifully curated tribute show stands on its own and is made truly unique by the fact that the show’s stars are the actual grandchildren of Twitty and Lynn.
Tre and Tayla frequently share charming, and highly entertaining, stories about the decorated country music legends, or as they refer to them lovingly: “Grandpappy” and “Meemaw.”
I was afforded the exclusive opportunity to spotlight this acclaimed, incredibly unique tribute show at the beautiful, historic, Dothan Opera House in Dothan, Ala.
The content-packed two-hour tribute extravaganza features a full band and a plethora of Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn’s most recognizable, chart topping songs. The evening frequently brought the packed audience to their feet. Relentlessly charming and effortlessly charismatic, the two headliners share an undeniably palpable chemistry, embodying the magic that propelled their grandparents to superstardom many decades ago.
Fans of these country music greats are sure to delight in the fact that a vast array of instantly recognizable hits are brought to life throughout the span of the show, including Twitty’s multi-platinum swoon-worthy hits like “Lay You Down,” “Hello Darlin’,” “Tight Fitting Jeans” and “Slow Hands.” Loretta Lynn’s wildly impressive menagerie of singles performed during this highoctane revue include “You Ain’t Woman Enough to Take My Man,” “Honky Tonk Girl” and, of course, arguably one of Lynn’s most career- defining songs, “Coal Miner’s Daughter.”
Additional show-stopping numbers include “Don’t Take it Away” and “That’s My Job, You See,” as well as a sizzling duet of the Bruce Springsteen hit, “I’m on Fire.” The performers spend significant time speaking about their grandparents’ songs that were banned from country music radio including Lynn’s controversial tune about “The Pill” during which she boldly states that she is owning her sexuality and making up for lost time now that she has “The Pill” and Twitty’s “You’ve Never Been this Far Before” during which the sensual country crooner reassures a lover that their first time together will only make him love her more.
Tremendously personable and interactive, the evening’s headliners remained in the lobby area long after the show’s conclusion, interacting with fans, signing autographs and licensed merchandise, and taking time to genuinely listen about their fans special memories and stories from the Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn Concerts they attended in years gone by.
Angela Schneckcloth, master jewelry designer and CEO of Warrior Gurl Designs , was also in attendance at the evening’s tribute (we would like to thank her for informing us of this spectacular event, as we would not have otherwise known), and she even presented Tayla with a breathtaking Jasper statement necklace. (You can follow, check out her work on global fashion runways, and shop for exclusive deals @warriorgurlsbeads.)
Nostalgic and filled with world class tribute entertainment, “Twitty and Lynn: A Salute to Conway and Loretta” provides a poignant, substantial, and heartfelt musical experience which will remain in your heart long after the curtain has drawn.
Special thanks to Brad, Tayla, and the entire team for helping facilitate our visit for this spotlight feature.