Lynch fixes her Compass
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
– Two-time IBMA vocalist of the year bluegrass all-star Claire Lynch signed with Compass Records.
Lynch will release her as yet untitled Compass debut in early 2013 and will commence recording in the fall with her band: guitarist Matt Wingate, bassist Mark Schatz and Bryan McDowell on mandolin, along with a hand-picked selection of special guests.
Lynch has earned two International Bluegrass Music Association Female Vocalist of the Year awards and, during her work with the Front Porch String Band, earned two Grammy award nominations. She has recorded and performed with Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt, Pam Tillis, Patty Loveless, Ralph Stanley, Alison Brown and Kathy Mattea. As a songwriter, her original songs have been recorded by Loveless, Mattea, The Seldom Scene, Cherryholmes, The Whites and Stephanie Davis.
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Claire Lynch covers a lot of ground . Doin' Time is full of woe, the story of someone running from life and weary of the trip. Here, and at other points throughout the CD, bassist Mark Schatz uses a bow, adding a pleasant bottom end to the music though a bow-and-bass combination tends to cause some raised eyebrows at bluegrass shows. Some will argue that a bass unplucked just isn't bluegrass. On the subject of bluegrass, the only number that has a traditional bluegrass sound is the »»»
Whatcha Gonna Do
Claire Lynch is one of the finest singers in acoustic music. That's been the case for more than 25 years. Her vocal twang both soothes and captures your attention.
A multiple IBMA award winner, her music spans beyond bluegrass, though she can mix it up bluegrass-style as well as anyone, as evidenced here by Barbed Wire Boys and Bill Monroe's My Florida Sunshine. Widow's Weeds has a strong bluegrassy and old timey flavor to it as well.
Though a terrific songwriter and »»»
Claire Lynch's talents as a singer, songwriter and band leader are showcased on this compilation disc of 10 songs from her catalogue and new recordings of favorites by her Front Porch String Band. "Sweetheart Darlin' of Mine" and "If Wishes Were Horses" are bluegrass tunes with elegant breaks and tight vocal harmonies. In "Train Long Gone," the group sets the stage by clueing the listener to the next line. It's a new take on more traditional tunes where »»»