Memoir Pays Tribute to Country Music Icon #Thursday Book Feature

Me & Patsy Kickin’ Up Dust: My Friendship with Patsy Cline

by Loretta Lynn

Foreword written by Dolly Partton

Copyright 2020


What Amazon Says


Me & Patsy Kickin’ Up Dust shares the “important and inspiring” (Miranda Lambert) never-before-told complete story of the remarkable relationship between country music icons Patsy Cline and Loretta Lynn.

Loretta Lynn and the late Patsy Cline are legends–country icons and sisters of the heart. For the first time ever Loretta tells their story: a celebration of their music and their relationship up until Patsy’s tragic and untimely death.

Full of laughter and tears, this eye-opening, heartwarming memoir paints a picture of two stubborn, spirited country gals who’d be damned if they’d let men or convention tell them how to be. Set in the heady streets of the 1960s South, this nostalgia ride shows how Nashville blossomed into the city of music it is today. Tender and fierce, Me & Patsy Kickin’ Up Dust is an up-close-and-personal portrait of a friendship that defined a generation and changed country music indelibly–and a meditation on love, loss and legacy.


My Thoughts


In this book, not only does Loretta talk about her friendship with Patsy, she also tells part of her story after Patsy’s death, explaining how Patsy inspired her after she passed. The Audible version is narrated by Loretta’s daughter, Patsy Lynn Russell, who was born after Patsy’s death and named after her. Patsy does an excellent job. I felt as if Loretta, not her daughter, was telling me her story. I almost cried at the end when Loretta says that if you listen to Patsy Cline’s songs, she’s singing them just for you.

Well, Patsy Cline was singing just for me and my late husband Bill. Her rendition of “True Love” was on the cassette of love songs Bill sent me after he proposed. You can learn more about that by reading My Ideal Partner.

Meanwhile, if you like Loretta Lynn’s or Patsy Cline’s music, I encourage you to read Loretta’s touching tribute. Then, see how many of Patsy’s songs you can find on Amazon Music or other such services.


By the way, if you use the National Library Services for the Blind and Print Disabled, my latest book, The Red Dress, is now available on the site. Click here to download the book.


New! The Red Dress

Copyright July 2019 by DLD Books

Front cover contains: young, dark-haired woman in red dress holding flowers

When Eve went to her high school senior prom, she wore a red dress that her mother had made for her. That night, after dancing with the boy of her dreams, she caught him in the act with her best friend. Months later, Eve, a freshman in college, is bullied into giving the dress to her roommate. After her mother finds out, their relationship is never the same again.

Twenty-five years later, Eve, a bestselling author, is happily married with three children. Although her mother suffers from dementia, she still remembers, and Eve still harbors the guilt for giving the dress away. When she receives a Facebook friend request from her old college roommate and an invitation to her twenty-five-year high school class reunion, then meets her former best friend by chance, she must confront the past in order to face the future.


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Song Lyric Sunday: Houston Solution

Song Lyric Sunday was created by Helen Vahdati. Click here for guidelines. This week’s theme is “hide.” I was stumped. In fact, I had to sleep on it after Helen posted the theme last night. That’s one reason I’m late in posting.

I finally remembered this song by Ronnie Milsap in which he talks about leaving his problems in Nashville and retreating to Houston to stay with friends for a while. In the song, he makes a good point that you can’t hide from trouble; it’ll eventually find you. As you enjoy this song, I hope you don’t have any problems from which you feel you must hide.



Ronnie Milsap—Houston Solution

Courtesy of Genius Lyrics


I’ve got some friends down in Houston

Who know me quite well

They’ll be more than happy to put me up for a spell

I can hang out or hide out whichever I choose

They won’t ask me questions about why I’ve got the blues


I’ve got a Houston solution in mind

All it takes is a call on the telephone line

And I can leave all these problems in Nashville behind

I’ve got a Houston solution in mind


Well, my Daddy once told me you can’t run away

Your troubles will follow and find you some day

There’s no need to argue cause he’s probably right

But I’ve run out of options and I’m leaving tonight


I’ve got a Houston solution in mind

All it takes is a call on the telephone line

And I can leave all these problems in Nashville behind

I’ve got a Houston solution in mind


I’ve got a Houston solution in mind

I’ve got a Houston solution…



Songwriters: Paul Overstreet and Don Schlitz


Author Abbie Johnson Taylor

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