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Claire Lynch is a pioneer who continually pushes the boundaries of the bluegrass genre and is well recognized as a creative force in acoustic music. The current Claire Lynch Band is a powerful quartet that has the innate ability to perfectly interpret the beauty, subtlety and sophistication of Claire’s music.
Claire’s career is fittingly bookended by two IBMA Female Vocalist of the Year awards. In 2010 she was awarded this in recognition of her current work with the Claire Lynch Band, and previously in 1997 for her influential work with the Front Porch String Band and as a solo artist.
Claire grew up in Kingston, N.Y. until the age of 12, when the family moved to Huntsville in northern Alabama. There she began her education in country music and got caught up in the bluegrass revival of the 1970's.
As a songwriter, her tunes have been recorded by such luminaries as Patty Loveless, The Seldom Scene, Cherryholmes, Kathy Mattea, the Whites and Stephanie Davis. She also became a much sought-after session vocalist.She sang harmony on “The Grass is Blue” and “Little Sparrow” for Dolly Parton with whom she also toured as backup vocalist. Dolly has described Claire as "one of the sweetest, purest and best lead voices in the music business today." She graced albums by other artists with her background vocals including Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt, Pam Tillis, Alison Brown, Patty Loveless, Kathy Mattea and Ralph Stanley.
She formed her own Claire Lynch Band in 2005 and has consistently been a top pick of prestigious publications, critics and audiences ever since. Her aptly named “New Day” CD was a hit on the bluegrass charts and earned her IBMA nominations for “Song of the Year” and “Female Vocalist of the Year.” In 2007, Rounder Records featured her brilliant catalogue of music from her previous five albums on their label and titled the anthology collection, “Crowd Favorites”. More IBMA nominations followed as well as an induction into the Alabama Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame.
“Whatcha Gonna Do,” Claire’s most recent release (2009) showcased Lynch's award-winning vocals and the instrumental brilliance of her four-piece band — described by The Bluegrass Blog as what may be “the best backing lineup of her career.” After a busy touring schedule in 2010, Claire received three IBMA nominations including “Song of the Year” and “Recorded Event of the Year,” winning the 2010 trophy for Female Vocalist of the Year.
The current Claire Lynch Band has Claire animated and energized. Her career has come full circle - once again, she’s a creative powerhouse at the top of her game, performing with one of the sharpest and most exciting post-modern bluegrass bands of the current decade.
"Her original songs display her gifts as a songwriter of uncommon skill, and her outside song choices reinforce her artistic self, one who feels deeply about home, family, strength, resilience and courage."
( Mary Chapin Carpenter)
“She’s an intensely soulful singer, whose distinctive voice resonates with power and strength, yet retains an engaging innocence and crystalline purity. She’s also a songwriter of extraordinary ability who can bring listeners to their feet with her buoyant rhythms or to their knees with her sometimes almost unbearably poignant and insightful lyrics.” (Bluegrass Now)