Claire Lynch

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Claire Lynch
Labels Compass Records[1]
Website www.clairelynch.com

Claire Lynch is an American bluegrass musician. She is a three-time winner of the International Bluegrass Music Association's Female Vocalist of the Year honors.[2] She is considered one of the two best female voices in bluegrass, a recognition she shares with Dale Ann Bradley.[2]

Early life[edit]

Lynch moved to Huntsville, Alabama from Kingston, New York when she was 12 years old.[3] She grew up in a musical family, with her mother playing the piano and her father singing.[4] She had two sisters with whom she would sing, including doing trios at church. In high school, she spent time writing and recording songs.[4]

Career[edit]

Lynch's musical career transitioned during college when she became interested in bluegrass music. She joined a band called Hickory Wind, which eventually changed its name to the Front Porch String Band.[4] Lynch played with the group until 1981, when it retired from the road. She then pursued a dual career of music and raising a family. The Front Porch String Band reunited in 1991, releasing the album Lines and Traces.[4]

Discography[edit]

Title Album details Peak positions
US Bluegrass
[5]
Friends for a Lifetime
Moonlighter
  • Release date: 1995
  • Label: Rounder Records
Silver and Gold
  • Release date: August 5, 1997
  • Label: Rounder Records
Lovelight
  • Release date: April 11, 2000
  • Label: Rounder Records
Out in the Country
  • Release date: January 30, 2001
  • Label: Copper Creek Records
New Day
  • Release date: March 28, 2006
  • Label: Rounder Records
11
Crowd Favorites
  • Release date: October 9, 2007
  • Label: Rounder Records
10
Whatcha Gonna Do
  • Release date: August 25, 2009
  • Label: Rounder Records
Dear Sister 9
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Awards[edit]

Lynch has won numerous awards in her career, including being named the best female vocalist in 1997, 2010, and 2013 by the International Bluegrass Music Association. She also received a USA Walker Fellowship Award in 2012.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Morris, David (28 March 2013). "New Music from Claire Lynch". Bluegrass Today. Retrieved 2 September 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Papadatos, Markso (16 November 2013). "Review: Claire Lynch shines on angelic studio album Dear Sister". Digital Journal. Retrieved 25 March 2014. 
  3. ^ Wake, Matt (19 August 2014). "Claire Lynch, bluegrass star, former Huntsville resident tells story behind 'Dear Sister' LP". AL.com. Retrieved 6 October 2015. 
  4. ^ a b c d Weber, Mark (15 October 2015). "Claire Lynch Band including Red Deer on current tour". Lacomb Express. Retrieved 7 November 2015. 
  5. ^ "Claire Lynch Album & Song Chart History – Bluegrass Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved March 16, 2015. 
  6. ^ Hughes, Ellen (27 January 2014). "Post-modern Bluegrass? Claire Lynch Band Breaks Out at ABC". Penn Live. Retrieved 2 September 2014.