Loretta Lynn Postpones New Album and Cancels All 2017 Shows Following Stroke

"My main focus now is making a full recovery so that I can get back to putting all of me into what I love, sharing my music with all of you"
Loretta Lynn Postpones New Album and Cancels All 2017 Shows Following Stroke
After being hospitalized in May as the result of a stroke, country songwriter Loretta Lynn has postponed the release of her new studio album, as well as cancelled all her 2017 dates.

The news arrived today (July 12) via a statement from Lynn, who stated, "My main focus now is making a full recovery so that I can get back to putting all of me into what I love, sharing my music with all of you."

The 85-year-old's new studio album Wouldn't It Be Great was originally slated to arrive on August 18, but now it won't come out until sometime next year.

You can read Lynn's full statement below:

Thank you so much for all of your prayers, love, and support. I'm happy to say that I'm at home with my family and getting better by the day! My main focus now is making a full recovery so that I can get back to putting all of me into what I love, sharing my music with all of you. My new album, Wouldn't It Be Great, was originally scheduled to come in August this year. I now want to wait to release it next year because this record is so special for me. It deserves me at my best and I can't wait to share it. I want to thank everyone for hanging in there with me. I am getting stronger every day and can't wait to get back out there with all of you. I'm just letting everybody know that Willie ain't dead yet and neither am I, and I can't wait to see all of you on the road!