Part progressive bluegrass, part traditional folk, at the crossroads of country, pop and pure Americana – the music of Nashville’s Claire Lynch is, in the words of one critic, “an enchanting musical hybrid that’s difficult to pigeonhole but delightful to listen to.” This is an artist who continues to blaze her own trail – a trail that has led her to three GRAMMY nominations, and to thrice being named IBMA (International Bluegrass Music Assn.) Female Vocalist of the Year.
As a songwriter her tunes have been recorded by Patty Loveless, Kathy Mattea, Seldom Scene and The Whites, among others. Lynch’s background harmonies have graced albums by artists as diverse as Emmylou Harris, Pam Tillis, Linda Ronstadt and Ralph Stanley. As a bandleader, she stands alone…but not entirely alone, of course!
The rest of the quartet that makes up the Claire Lynch Band are Mark Schatz on bass and banjo, Bryan McDowell on mandolin and fiddle, and Jarrod Walker on guitar and mandolin – all acclaimed musicians in their own right, and all perfectly attuned to her signature blend of strength and delicacy, melancholy and gentle good humor.