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Loretta Lynn’s Durham show is off

Loretta Lynn in concert at DPAC in Durham, N.C. in 2012. Scott Sharpe ssharpe@newsobserver.com
Loretta Lynn in concert at DPAC in Durham, N.C. in 2012. Scott Sharpe ssharpe@newsobserver.com

Loretta Lynn’s postponement has turned into a cancellation: The 85-year-old country icon’s Sept. 29 show at Durham’s Carolina Theatre is off.

Lynn was originally scheduled to play the Carolina on May 5, but she suffered a stroke the day before that date. It was postponed to September, and her recovery has taken longer than anticipated.

In the wake of the stroke, Lynn’s upcoming album has also been delayed from its Aug. 18 release date. All the rest of her 2017 tour dates have also been canceled. This week, Lynn posted a statement on her website:

“Thank you so much for all of your prayers, love, and support. I’m happy to say that I’m at home with my family and getting better by the day! My main focus now is making a full recovery so that I can get back to putting all of me into what I love, sharing my music with all of you.

“My new album, ‘Wouldn’t It Be Great,’ was originally scheduled to come in August this year. I now want to wait to release it next year because this record is so special for me. It deserves me at my best and I can’t wait to share it. I want to thank everyone for hanging in there with me. I am getting stronger every day and can’t wait to get back out there with all of you. I’m just letting everybody know that Willie ain’t dead yet and neither am I, and I can’t wait to see all of you on the road!”

Anyone who purchased tickets with a credit card will automatically receive a refund. Cash purchasers can get refunds through Aug. 4 from their original point of purpose. For details, see carolinatheatre.org.

David Menconi: 919-829-4759, @NCDavidMenconi

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