Carly Pearce paid tribute to Loretta Lynn during her Grand Ole Opry performance on Saturday (Mar. 20) evening with an unreleased song called “Dear Miss Loretta.”
“My grandma introduced to me to her music when I was a little girl, and made sure I understood that if I was going to sing country music being from Kentucky— I had to know the importance of Miss Loretta Lynn. I’ve always loved her, but it wasn’t until the last year that I really FELT what she’s sang about all these years— and just how much we really do have in common,” Pearce captioned the clip on Instagram.
During the clip, Pearce sings: “Dear Miss Loretta, we both grew up too fast / and I wish you could tell me / how you made it last / I ain’t a coalminers daughter / but I’ve sung it all my life / I ain’t been a widow but I’ve been an ex-wife / and I hear your truth and I feel your pain / now I know why you’ve sang that way / Yeah, I know why you sing that way.”
The impressive performance earned her a standing ovation from the Opry crowd.
You can hear the unreleased new song below.
“Dear Miss Loretta” was co-written by Pearce alongside Shane McAnally and Brandy Clark.
“I wrote this song recently with Shane McAnally & Brandy Clark as a letter to her, saying all the things I wish I could say to her & sang it for the first time last night on my favorite stage,” Pearce explained of the track. “Thank you Loretta, for making me feel like it’s okay to write my truth and be unashamed.. just like you.”
“I wrote it over the summer, and I thought it was kind of just for myself and then just with the response to 29, it just felt like it was the right time,” Pearce told Opry host Natalie Stovall before Pearce teased viewers saying “I’m hoping the summer will be a continuation of 29.”
In addition to performing the unreleased new track, Pearce also performed her single “Next Girl,” “29” and her chart-topping hit “I Hope You’re Happy Now” during her 81st Opry appearance.
Additionally, the “Next Girl” singer recently released her EP, 29, which takes fans on an emotion-filled journey through one of her toughest years.