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Kenny - January 9, 2009 03:10 AM (GMT)
April 06, 1998 People Magazne
Vol. 49
No. 13

Twin Bill

By Jeremy Helligar
Loretta Lynn's Twin Daughters, Patsy and Peggy, Make a Name for Themselves with a New Album
PEGGY AND PATSY LYNN DIDN'T write the book on sibling rivalry, but the identical twin daughters of Loretta Lynn could probably add a new chapter or two. They rib each other constantly and compete for the final word on everything. "We'll fight over the time of day," says Patsy, "but we don't fight over our music." Peggy agrees. "If we walked around singing all the time, we'd never have a cross word to say to each other."

Harmony is what their music's all about. Since Peggy and Patsy, 33, released their debut album, The Lynns, last month, they have racked up two chart singles and an Academy of Country Music Award nomination for New Vocal Group or Duet. (The awards will be presented April 22.) While their backwoods blend of country and honky-tonk blues has drawn comparisons to a certain coal miner's daughter, the duo are earning their own respect. "They're so pure," says country-music critic Robert K. Oermann, "not all varnished and perfecto. They sound like real people." As well they should. "I told them many times, 'You don't come to Nashville and mess up,' " says Loretta, 62. "I'd say, 'Now, girls, if you slide in on your back, you'll slide out on your belly' "

No doubt in different directions. "From age 13, Patsy and I took separate roads," says Peggy. "I was more conservative. She was more on the edge." Patsy takes a more psychological view: "When you are identical twins, you fight hard to be an individual, so you go as far away from each other as you can."

Only their love lives ran a parallel course. Like their mother, who married at 13, Patsy and Peggy were both young brides—16 and 18 respectively—and the marriages of both lasted only a fraction of their parents' nearly 50 years. By the time she was 30, Patsy had two ex-husbands and three children, Darren, 14, Megan, 12, and Anthony, 10. She married a third time last Valentine's Day to musician Phillip Russell, 31, with whom she shares a log cabin-style house in Hurricane Mills, Tenn. Meanwhile, Peggy, who lives in a two-bedroom home in Nashville, married singer Jimmy Collins, 35, in 1993 and has a daughter, Jasy, 12, from her first marriage. "Music is like a ghost," says Peggy. "It haunts you and it taunts you. Put someone else into that equation and there's very little left of you."

Growing up in Hurricane Mills, the youngest of Mooney and Loretta Lynn's six children, the twins were inspired by their mother and molded by their father, a rancher who died in 1996 of complications from diabetes. With Loretta on the road some 300 days a year, "Daddy was today's equivalent of a single mother," says Peggy. "Without him, we wouldn't be what we are today." Whenever he took them to see their mother perform at the Grand Ole Opry, he would afterwards whisk them across the street to Tootsie's Orchid Lounge to let them show off. "Daddy would set us up on the bar," recalls Peggy, "and we would entertain you for as long as you wanted." Despite then-early promise, Loretta didn't encourage them. "It's very hard to do this well," says Loretta. "They realized this when they saw their mommy come home tired, be home a day and back out again."

Undaunted, Peggy and Patsy embarked on unsuccessful solo careers in the late '80s, only to reunite as backup singers on their mother's 1990 tour. Loretta midwifed their getting their acts together the night she taught them the words to "All I Have to Do Is Dream," the '50s Everly Brothers hit. "The whole back of the bus filled up with these two voices and these harmonies," recalls Patsy. "Individually we felt strong, but together it was complete." Five years later they were back at Tootsie's, performing as the Honk-A-Billies, a name they took to hide their lineage. "People would come up and say, 'Loretta Lynn would sing something like that,' " says Peggy. "We'd just laugh and think, 'That's the gene pool' " Eventually the duo caught the ear of a Reprise Records representative, and the label offered them a deal.

And while they're happy to continue one of the more important legacies in country music, the Lynns will succeed or fail on their own terms. "I'm proud that they're determined to do it that way," says Loretta. "If I had done it for them, they wouldn't appreciate it half as much. They're finding out how hard it is."

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Kenny - January 9, 2009 03:14 AM (GMT)
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Vicki - January 10, 2009 01:27 AM (GMT),00.html

Great article and beautiful photo!! :)

Kenny - January 10, 2009 05:10 AM (GMT)
QUOTE (Vicki @ Jan 9 2009, 08:27 PM),00.html

Great article and beautiful photo!! :)

Tis aint it,,Love this picture

Kenny - January 11, 2009 11:31 PM (GMT)
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Kenny - January 28, 2009 04:15 AM (GMT)
QUOTE (Kenny @ Jan 11 2009, 06:31 PM)
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Check out THE LYNN'S at Country Stars Central and hear them singin "Sarah" and watch for an upcoming INTERVIEW!!!!!

Kenny - February 3, 2009 12:33 AM (GMT)
QUOTE (Kenny @ Jan 27 2009, 11:15 PM)
QUOTE (Kenny @ Jan 11 2009, 06:31 PM)
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Check out THE LYNN'S at Country Stars Central and hear them singin "Sarah" and watch for an upcoming INTERVIEW!!!!!

The Lynn's INTERVIEW is now up at Country Stars Central:

Vicki - February 3, 2009 02:28 AM (GMT)
The Lynn's INTERVIEW is now up at Country Stars Central:

Thanks Kenny, for lettin us know!
Thanks Christian, for an awesome interview!! :D

countrystarscentral - February 8, 2009 01:16 AM (GMT)
thanks Vicki! xxoo

Kenny - February 9, 2009 12:16 AM (GMT)

Contest open til April 1st

countrystarscentral - February 10, 2009 12:37 AM (GMT)
Autographed copies of their latest CD, OR classy 8x10 photograph of the girls! Thanks to Patsy and Peggy for this AWESOME giveaway!

Kenny - February 26, 2009 01:31 AM (GMT)
QUOTE (Kenny @ Feb 8 2009, 07:16 PM)

Contest open til April 1st

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Kenny - March 5, 2009 02:10 PM (GMT)
QUOTE (Kenny @ Feb 8 2009, 07:16 PM)

Contest open til April 1st

Still got time :P

Kenny - October 16, 2009 04:19 AM (GMT)
Grammy Award-Winner Lynn Anderson Teams Up With International Artist Cerrito For A Duet Full Of Romance

Nashville, TE (Top40 Charts/ Cerrito Official Website) - Country music legend, Lynn Anderson, took some time out of her whirlwind trip to Nashville to share the studio with internationally renowned entertainer, Cerrito.

During her busy schedule of several television appearances and the Nashville Rose Society's Music Garden dedication on September 29th, Lynn and Cerrito recorded the song, 'I'll Hold You In My Heart,' which will be on Cerrito's upcoming album.

This song, originally sung by Elvis Presley in 1969, was written by Eddy Arnold, Hal Horton and Tommy Dilbeck. Cerrito's upcoming duets album, Cerrito y Las Chicas de Country (Cerrito and the Girls of Country) also features country songbirds Pam Tillis, Lorrie Morgan, The Lynns, Lane Brody, Stella Parton, Jett Williams (daughter of country music icon Hank Williams) and contemporary country artist Elizabeth Cook.

Kenny - February 1, 2010 02:07 PM (GMT)

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Loretta Lynn's daughters Patsy and Peggy accept the award for their mother
from Neil Portnow, President of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.
(photo: Frederick M Brown/Getty)

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Patsy Lynn, Harold Bradley, Nashville Mayor Karl Dean, Dean's wife Anne Davis and Peggy Lynn at the Special Merit Awards Ceremony on Saturday, Jan. 30, 2010. (photo: Peter Cooper)
Patsy and Peggy look beautiful

Debi&Quintana - February 6, 2010 11:53 PM (GMT)
I never read that article before. That was good! Love the pics too.

Kenny - June 5, 2010 07:38 PM (GMT)
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Kenny - August 2, 2014 01:00 AM (GMT)
Flowers can be picked at Madison Creek Farms for $35 per bucket, or $45 for pre-cut buckets.

1228 Willis Branch Road, Goodlettsville


Hours: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays, May through October (unless there is a private event)

Mark and Peggy Lynn Marchetti met in the late 1990s while at Sony Tree Studios and soon fell in love. Daughter of country music legend Loretta Lynn, Peggy asked that her mother not sell her childhood home in Goodletsville, and the couple moved in.

Mark Marchetti remembers Peggy asking him in the early years to go out back and plant a patch of zinnias.

"It was August, and so it was hot. I didn't think they would come up, but I sowed them anyway because she was pretty and I loved her. As soon as the zinnias popped out of the ground it was like songwriting … I was hooked," Mark Marchetti said.

Madison Creek is now a 38-acre farm, and the couple provides seasonal Community-Supported Agriculture for 35 or more families for $270 per season.

"When the economy started to struggle in 2008, we saw the need to start growing vegetables for our customers," Mark Marchetti said.

"I'll never feed the world, but I can feed my neighbors," added Peggy Marchetti.

At the farm's Market Pavilion, you'll find "a wonderful, eclectic mix of fresh vegetables just harvested from the field, fresh herbs, beautiful flowers and an array of The Farm House Kitchen's baked artisan breads, muffins, cakes and their famous homemade pies," according to the website.

But Madison Creek Farms also is an organic "U-pick" farm, where you can pick buckets of flowers and herbs for $35 per bucket, or $45 for pre-cut buckets.

Walking through the field of flowers, the scent is intoxicating and the buzz of honey bees and flutter of butterflies is breathtaking. Peggy Marchetti pointed out a Middle Eastern variety of spinach that is plentiful near the front of the garden that her Saturday pickers love to use in some of their favorite dishes, she said. The colors are interplanted on the farm as if the couple had used a paintbrush.

Throughout the field there are empty spaces that Peggy Marchetti explained are planted with fall seeds that will be ready to pick in September.

Here, the flowers and vegetables live in harmony.

"This is what it's all about," Peggy Marchetti said. "Vegetables and flowers … it has to be both."

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