Fans of country music who saw The Judds on their farewell tour are devastated because the genre will never be the same.
The announcement that Naomi and Wynonna Judd, often known as The Judds, will reunite for the last tour in Oct 2022 sent shockwaves over the internet. Sadly, Naomi Judd committed herself only a few months after announcing The Judd’s farewell tour. In a farewell tour led by child Wynonna Judd and all-star musical colleagues, fans of Naomi Judd, the deceased mother of the Grammy-winning country duet The Judds, will have the opportunity to say goodbye and celebrate their hits.
Wynonna Judd Misses Her Mother Dearly
Even though this is the year that the Judd family traditionally celebrates her birthday, they are still reeling from the shock of her untimely passing. Naomi’s suicide on April 30—the day before they were to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame—followed the announcement of their tour. She was 76.
“I had a rehearsal yesterday, and there is a bit in the act when they have my mother sing in time with me. The moment I turned around, I completely melted down.” The 11-city tour took up in Grand Rapids, Michigan on Friday night and will make stops in Green Bay, Wisconsin; Fort Worth, Texas; Nashville, Tennessee; and Lexington, Kentucky; before returning home. Martina McBride kicks off the tour, and Wynonna Judd is joined by special guests Ashley McBryde, Brandi Carlile, Little Big Town, Trisha Yearwood, Kelsea Ballerini, and Faith Hill.
Her husband, Larry Strickland, and children, Wynonna Judd and Ashley Judd remarked on Naomi’s legacy as a caretaker and an advocate in addition to a musician. The young Wynonna’s strong vocals complemented Naomi’s familial harmonies and stage presence, resulting in over a dozen No. 1 songs for the redheaded combo. Their successes in “Why Not Me,” “Mama He is Crazy,” “Rockin’ With the Rhythm of the Rain,” and “Love Can Build a Bridge” all reflected their Appalachian origins while also including polished pop stylings.