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Loretta Lynn’s Granddaughter Joins Forces with Willie Nelson’s Son for a Stirring Tribute Duet

Though Loretta Lynn and Willie Nelson were long-standing friends in the realm of country music, their studio collaborations were rare, culminating in the memorable duet “Lay Me Down,” unveiled in 2016.

The song, with its evocative lines “When they lay me down someday, my soul will rise, then fly away,” struck a chord with audiences, encapsulating a serene acceptance of life’s end.

In the wake of Loretta Lynn’s departure on October 4 at the age of 90, Willie Nelson expressed his admiration for Lynn’s extraordinary gifts as a singer, songwriter, and individual.

A public homage at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville saw Willie’s son, Lukas Nelson, and Loretta’s granddaughter, Emmy Russell, come together for a poignant performance of “Lay Me Down.” The rendition, aired live on CMT, stirred profound emotions, drawing tears from those who watched in remembrance and honor.

This moving homage captured widespread attention, securing a nomination for CMT Performance of the Year at the 2023 CMT Music Awards, a nod to the lasting resonance of Loretta Lynn’s influence.

Emmy Russell, reflecting on her grandmother’s legacy, shared a cherished piece of Loretta’s advice: to love God and follow His lead, highlighting Lynn’s deep faith and her lasting impact on the lives she touched with her artistry and her soul.

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