A tribute to Loretta Lynn, called Hey Loretta!, headlines at the North Coast Recreation District this Saturday, Oct. 15.
The show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are available at local ticket outlets, or by calling 541-294-9530 or visiting www.hey-loretta.com/tickets.
Fronted by the popular Portland folk-country songstress Mary Rondthaler, the five-piece band will perform two 45 minute sets featuring the songs of country music legend Loretta Lynn.
Also known as the Coal Miner’s Daughter, Loretta wrote many of her own songs and has been dubbed the Queen of Country Music throughout her five decade career. In 1972, she was the first woman to be nominated and named Entertainer of the Year by the Country Music Association.
Rondthaler has spent many years honing her craft around the Portland music scene. She has performed and recorded with George Chudacoff, Succotash, The Sagebrush Sisters and The Rocky Butte Wranglers.
She can be seen regularly singing country and western songs with the Wranglers at nightclubs around the Northwest, as well as with The Sagebrush Sisters, a three-piece cowgirl swing band. Mary is well known for her knack of picking great unknown songs from the repertoires of many legendary country music artists.
The band features three graduates of Oregon State who studied music under Professor Neal Grandstaff, widely known for his lifelong contribution to music performance and education. They are Justin Schepige on bass, Tommy Brownson on drums and Erik Crew on lead guitar.
Joining them on pedal steel guitar will be veteran Nashville touring pro and session player Gary Thorsen, who toured with Loretta’s twin daughters, The Lynns. He has worked for many other country music greats, including Tanya Tucker. Gary is locally known for his inspiring work in the musical show Who’s Gonna Fill Their Shoes? and with the Opry West at The Little Theater by The Bay in North Bend.
A portion of all proceeds will benefit the Children’s Theater in Florence Oregon.