The new music video for “Lay Me Down”—a duet from Loretta Lynn’s new album, FULL CIRCLE, sung with Willie Nelson—reunites two of music’s greatest living legends on stage for the first time in more than 30 years. The video was released today and is available below.
“Lay Me Down,” written by Mark Marchetti, is a poignant reflection on life while contemplating one’s mortality. The video, directed by David McClister, features Lynn and Nelson, each alone, singing the song within the backstage halls and dressing rooms of the Municipal Auditorium in Nashville, TN. Eventually they join each other on stage in the empty auditorium for a heartfelt and intimate meeting of two old friends.
The last time the two appeared on stage together was at the Farm Aid benefit concert in 1985.
Loretta Lynn said of their reunion, “I am so proud to be able to sing a song with my friend, Willie. I love this song, ‘Lay Me Down,’ so much. It had been 30 years since we’d last seen each other. Willie and I got to meet and talk about old times when we shot the music video in Nashville. Willie is one of those people that even if you haven’t seen them for 30 years you feel like it was just yesterday. We have a natural respect and love for each other.
Willie Nelson said, “I’m excited to have a new record and video out with Ms. Loretta Lynn, who is one of the few remaining traditional country artists, and one of my favorite people. She’s an original!”
FULL CIRCLE, produced by Patsy Lynn Russell and John Carter Cash, and recorded at the Cash Cabin Studio in Hendersonville, Tennessee, takes listeners on a journey through Loretta’s musical story, from the Appalachian folk songs and gospel music she learned as a child, to new interpretations of her classic hits and country standards, to songs newly-written for the project. Released on March 4 through Legacy Recordings, FULL CIRCLE has also earned the music legend her highest-ever chart debut on the Billboard 200, entering at #19. The album has already been garnering glowing reviews: NEW YORK TIMES chief pop music critic Jon Pareles praised Lynn’s work saying, “she continues to draw lessons from a life in which hard work, talent, instinct and stubborn determination have sustained her for more than 50 years as a country star.”
Lynn is also scheduled to return to the stage of Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry for two shows on Saturday, March 26. The Opry legend marked her 50th anniversary as an official Opry member in 2012. Fans can tune in to the Opry broadcasts on 650 AM WSM, (flagship home of the Opry), opry.com, the Opry’s mobile app, and SiriusXM Satellite Radio.
Loretta Lynn has been inducted into more music Halls of Fame than any female recording artist to date, has earned four Grammy Awards, Kennedy Center Honors and a Presidential Medal of Freedom, and sold more than 45 million records worldwide.