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FILE - In this March 17, 2016, file photo, Loretta Lynn performs at the BBC Music Showcase at Stubb's during South By Southwest in Austin, Texas. Lynn is back at home recovering after a stroke she suffered in May, but her next album will be delayed until next year and all her remaining tour dates this year have been cancelled. (Photo by Rich Fury/Invision/AP, File)

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FILE - In this March 17, 2016 file photo, Loretta Lynn performs at the BBC Music Showcase at Stubb's during South By Southwest in Austin, Texas. The eight-time CMA winner was the very first female vocalist of the year and she’s planning be at the 50th annual CMA Awards next Wednesday as many of her career milestones have played out on that stage. (Photo by Rich Fury/Invision/AP, File)

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Ashley McMillen — a popular performer who headlines shows and opens for household-name musicians like Martina McBride — is on a trajectory that more closely mirrors traditional country music icons such as Loretta Lynn than her contemporaries.

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Loretta Lynn's marriage certificate shows she married when she was just shy of her 16th birthday in 1948. (Johnson County, Ky., Clerk's Office)

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Country music star Loretta Lynn announced that actress Zooey Deschanel (left) will portray her in a stage version of "Coal Miner's Daughter." (Associated Press)

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Country music star Loretta Lynn announced that actress Zooey Deschanel (left) will portray her in a stage version of "Coal Miner's Daughter." (Associated Press)