Country Music Highway is a stretch of US Route 23 which extends from Greenup County in North Eastern Kentucky south to Pike County and terminates at the Virginia line. The concentration of talent in this area includes Patty Loveless, The Judds, Ricky Skaggs, and of course Loretta Lynn. Lynn grew up near Van Lear in Johnson County, Kentucky (not far from where my people are from, actually) and you can hear all about growing up in a small mining town in her song "Coal Miner's Daughter". On Thursday, May 10, Loretta Lynn concluded her performance at the Ryman Audtorium, home of the Grand Ole Opry, with an announcement that "Coal Miner's Daughter" is going to become a Broadway musical. Taking up the starring role will be Zooey Deschanel.
I think this very interesting news. I am a fan of Zooey Deschanel and I am interested to see what she can bring to this role. I liked Reese Witherspoons portrayal of June Carter Cash in Walk the Line, so if it is similar at all, then I'll be quite happy.
Do you like Zooey Deschanel? Are you excited to see her on Broadway?
To learn more about the artists of the Country Music Highway (including Loretta Lynn), you can visit two great museums in Eastern Kentucky, the Country Music Highway Museum and the Highlands Museum and Discovery Center. Lynn's childhood home on Butcher Holler, near Van Lear, Kentucky is also open for private tours.