Tre Twitty and Tayla Lynn stopped in for a show at OCN Veterans Hall and they did not dissapoint.
Tayla Lynn and Tre Twitty have country music in their blood. The grandchildren of famed duo Loretta Lynn and Conway Twitty, the two have taken to the road to honor their grandparents in an intimate evening of music and storytelling. Tayla Lynn and Tre Twitty have seen great success with their Tribute to Loretta Lynn and Conway Twitty; going into their second year together, the duo already has at least two dozen tour dates set throughout much of North America and Canada.
Though Tayla Lynn and Tre Twitty are singing their grandparent’s songs, there is no “second best” quality to the artists. Lynn and Twitty have developed an authentic show that builds off of their family histories without attempting to simply duplicate older performances.
In perfect foil to one another, Tre Twitty takes a calm, methodical approach to his storytelling and performing, meanwhile Tayla Lynn arrives on stage, often unexpectedly, with explosive energy and heart. Trying to keep one’s eyes on Tayla Lynn is like trying to lasso a firework; guessing where she’ll appear and what will come out of her mouth next is half the fun of spending an evening with her. Her joy is genuine, her energy addictive, and Twitty provides the perfect balance of steadiness in the eye of her hurricane- not unlike the way Conway Twitty related to and tempered Loretta Lynn for so many years.
With a heavy emphasis on story-telling, the duo delight audiences for two-and-a-half hours with their live show. For most artists this wouldn’t work; people pay to hear singers sing. For Lynn and Twitty, half the magic is in the storytelling. Through their memories of Memaw and Poppy, as they call their grandparents, audiences are reminded in the best ways possible that behind every icon is a dynamic, funny, flawed human being. The show takes on the quality of a family get together, and it often feels more like one is on the front porch with guitars and old family hymns than it does a concert with two hundred of one’s nearest and dearest strangers. It is a fascinating opportunity to see two of country music’s greatest legends through their grandchildren’s eyes. By the end of the evening audiences have not only been able to hear some of their favorite songs and the duo’s best hits, but they’ve been invited in to the inner sanctum of these two musical dynasties to laugh and cry and understand what it was like to grow up under the tutelage of Loretta and Conway.
The high-energy, heartfelt show highlights not only the bond Loretta Lynn and Conway Twitty had as best friends and musical partners, but the unique bond Tayla and Tre have formed through years of an intertwined family history and their own musical relationship.