Richard Lynch (musician)

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Richard Lynch
Richard Lynch in 2016
Richard Lynch in 2016
Background information
Born (1962-12-05) December 5, 1962 (age 61)
Lebanon, Ohio, U.S.
GenresCountry, outlaw country, Western swing, honky-tonk
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter
Instrument(s)Vocals, guitar
Years active1978–present

Richard Lynch (born December 5, 1962, in Lebanon, Ohio) is an American country music singer/songwriter with a successful career that has lasted over three decades. Lynch’s highest-charting single “A Better Place” topped the New Music Weekly AM/FM country chart,[1][2] the IndieWorld Country Record Report and spent 32 weeks on top of the Roots Music Report True Country chart. Lynch is a member of the Independent Country Music Hall of Fame.[3]

Life and career[edit]

Lynch was born in Lebanon, Ohio, and raised on a 110-acre farm[4] that his family operated. From his father Woody Lynch,[5] an established local musician, Richard inherited the love for country music and lifestyle.[6][7] At the age of 13 Richard picked up the guitar and learned to play. By the age of 15 he got his first gig at a wedding reception. At the age of 18[8] he organized his own band (the Renegade Band[9] later renamed the Richard Lynch Band) and has been successfully recording and touring ever since.

Lynch refers to his music as "pure country, showcasing elements of western swing, honky tonk and outlaw country".[10] His style is influenced by classic American country artists like Keith Whitley, Conway Twitty and George Strait.[11]

In January 2017 Lynch collaborated with Ronnie McDowell on a military tribute duet "Love Tattoo".[12][13]

On April 1, 2017, Lynch's third studio album "Mending Fences" was released via an independent record label, Fence Row Records[14] The album features a duet with a bluegrass singer Rhonda Vincent.[15]

Lynch co-hosts “Traditionally Lynch” show on Renegade Radio Nashville.

Lynch is also an accomplished designer and builder of barns.[16] He resides in Waynesville, Ohio, with his wife Donna.[17]



Title Album details
The Last of a Dying Breed
  • Release date: 2013
A Better Place
  • Release date: 2015
  • Label: MOD Records
Mending Fences
  • Release date: 2017
  • Label: Fence Row Records

Achievements and awards[edit]

  • January 1, 2019, Lynch was inducted into the Ohio Country Music Hall of Fame
  • Lynch was nominated as Best Male Country Artist by the Independent Country Music Association (2014)
  • Album "A Better Place" was named the Pure Country Album of the Year by the Academy of Western Artists (2015)[18]
  • The Richard Lynch Band was named the Traditional Country Band of the Year by the Josie Music Awards (2015)[19]
  • As a founder of Love Tattoo Foundation, Lynch was named the Humanitarian of the Year by the Josie Music Awards (2015)[20]
  • The Richard Lynch Band was named the Traditional Country Band of the Year by the Josie Music Awards (2015)[21]
  • Single "She's Got Me Drinkin' Again" was named the Song of the Year by CMG Global Radio (2015)[22]
  • Single "A Better Place" was named No. 1 True Country Song by Roots Music Report (2016)[23]
  • Single "She's Got Me Drinkin' Again" (a duet with Billy Yates) was nominated as Best “New Group/Duo” for the New Music Awards (2016)[24]
  • 2017 Richard Lynch receives seven nominations for the Annual Josie Music Awards. Traditional Male Country Artist, Traditional Country Male Vocalist, Video of The Year "We're American Proud, Traditional Country Song of The Year "Cut & Paste", Traditional Country Album of The Year "Mending Fences", Salute to America Song of The Year "We're American Proud", Traditional Country Entertainer of The Year.


  1. ^ Stabile, Ryan. "Independent Country Music Hall of Famer Richard Lynch tops national AM/FM chart". AXS. Retrieved 29 March 2017.
  2. ^ "Country Music would be "A Better Place" with artists like Richard Lynch". Music Matters Magazine. Retrieved 29 March 2017.
  3. ^ "Hot Damn! Richard Lynch Talks Traditional Country, Kentucky, And Cinnamon Scnapps". No Depression - The Journal of Roots Music. Retrieved 29 March 2017.
  4. ^ "Richard Lynch – She's Got Me Drinking Again". Music Row. Retrieved 29 March 2017.
  5. ^ "Woody Lynch joned his son Richard Lynch and the Renegade Band for a few songs". The Jackson County Sun (newspaper). 28 May 1992.
  6. ^ "Keeping Tradition Alive: Get to Know Richard Lynch". The Daily Country. Retrieved 29 March 2017.
  7. ^ "An Interview With Country Singer Richard Lynch". Eliza Gales Interviews. Retrieved 29 March 2017.
  8. ^ Mason, Will (January 1994). "Keeping Active on the Road As Well As At Home". Vol. 1, no. 6. OKI Country Music News.
  9. ^ "About Richard Lynch Band". Gig Salad. Retrieved 29 March 2017.
  10. ^ "Richard Lynch's bio". Official website of Richard Lynch. Retrieved 2 April 2017.
  11. ^ "Lucky 13 with Richard Lynch". Nashville Music Guide. Retrieved 2 April 2017.
  12. ^ Stover, Michael. "Richard Lynch & Ronnie McDowell Release Military Tribute Single And Video, "Love Tattoo"". Ground Report. Retrieved 29 March 2017.
  13. ^ Jamm, Rick. "Richard Lynch and Ronnie McDowell: "Love Tattoo" – a military tribute duet". JamSphere. Retrieved 29 March 2017.
  14. ^ "Richard Lynch Mending Fences CD Release Party and Benefit Concert". Dayton Local. Retrieved 2 April 2017.
  15. ^ Papadatos, Marcos. "Review: Richard Lynch back with new country single 'Cut And Paste'". Digital Journal. Retrieved 2 April 2017.
  16. ^ Tee, Robbie. "Richard Lynch: "A Better Place" is contemporary Country music at its finest!". JamSphere. Retrieved 2 April 2017.
  17. ^ Harr, Dan. "Richard Lynch is Keepin' It Country". Music News Nashville. Retrieved 29 March 2017.
  18. ^ "2015 Winners and Finalists". Official website of the Academy of Western Artists. Retrieved 29 March 2017.
  19. ^ "2015 Josie Awards Winners". The Josie Music Awards. Retrieved 29 March 2017.
  20. ^ "2015 Josie Awards Winners". The Josie Music Awards. Retrieved 29 March 2017.
  21. ^ "2015 Josie Awards Winners". The Josie Music Awards. Retrieved 29 March 2017.
  22. ^ "Doug Briney Wins At 2015 CMG Global Awards". Official website of Doug Briney. Retrieved 29 March 2017.
  23. ^ "The Roots Music Report's Top True Country Album Chart for the Year of 2016". Roots Music Report. Retrieved 29 March 2017.
  24. ^ "Billy Yates and Richard Lynch Are Nominated for 2016 New Music Award". Official website of Billy Yates. Retrieved 29 March 2017.

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