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Claire Lynch

With a high-pitched voice that's been compared to Nanci Griffith and Alison Krauss, Claire Lynch has successfully fused a background in popular music and a love of bluegrass. Born in Kingston, New York, Lynch moved with her family to Hazel Green, Alabama at the age of 12. Inspired by the pop songs of Joni Mitchell and the Beatles, Lynch sang as a youngster in an informal trio with her sisters, but it was as the singer for the bluegrass outfit the Front Porch String Band that finally brought Lynch a wider audience. The Front Porch String Band became one of the hardest-working groups in Alabama. Their self-produced debut album, Smilin' at You, released in 1977, was followed by Country Rain later the same year. In 1981, the Front Porch String Band released a self-titled, nationally distributed album on Rebel, while Claire released her solo debut, Breakin' It, on the smaller Ambush label.

Claire and her then-husband Larry Lynch disbanded the Front Porch String Band in 1982. Claire's songs continued to make the rounds, however, and were soon covered by Stephanie Davis ("Moonlighter"), Patty Loveless ("Some Morning Soon"), and Kathy Mattea ("Hills of Alabam'"), and Lynch was signed by Polygram to a staff writing contract. The Front Porch String Band came back together in a revamped version in 1990, and the following year the band released its comeback album, Lines & Traces. Claire Lynch's second solo album, Friends for a Lifetime, released in 1993 and reissued in 1995, was a celebration of gospel music. Her 1995 album, Moonlighter, was nominated for a Grammy Award as Best Bluegrass Album. Silver and Gold was released in 1997, Lovelight followed in the spring of 2000, and Out in the Country was issued a year later.

She formed her own Claire Lynch Band in 2005, and in March of 2006, after a six-year hiatus, she released New Day on Rounder Records, following it up three years later in 2009 with a second Rounder release, Whatcha Gonna Do. In January 2013, after a long stint with Rounder, Lynch signed a recording deal with Nashville label Compass Records, releasing the ninth solo recording of her career, Dear Sister, on the imprint later that same year. ~ Craig Harris & Steve Leggett, Rovi
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Just saw her at the Grand Ole Opry...Awsom e
This is my first listen to her. I like it.
rjmoss08
I got hooked with MOONLIGHTER and have been buying her albums ever since
She has a beautiful voice.
Claire Lynch is not just the finest female voice in Bluegrass, she may be the best voice in all country music. Her range is outstanding and her voice is clear, true and so sweet.
I've been a huge fan of Claire's since the FPSB album Country Rain was released in 1978. She just gets better and better as time goes on. You might want to update your bio, though. The Front Porch String Band has been gone for a number of years, her current band is the Claire Lynch Band, and she and Larry broke up several years ago.
I love this woman. No, I LOVE this woman. She was the cream of the crop at Merlefest 2012. Two sets, and Woods of Sipsey brought me to my knees. Awesome!
gastfriend.d a v i d
The title tune Whatcha Gonna Do? has some masterful upright bass playing - Mark Schatz is the basssist, and has also played with Nickel Creek, Tony Rice, Bela Fleck.
She's like the best of Alison Krauss, Emmylou Harris and the cream of the crop rolled into one humble little lady. Great band too!.
Claire is the best...liste n to her song Your Presence...b e s t ever
piratefamily 7
I saw a band on hippie jack last night
didn't catch the name
looking for it
could it be her?
jprietto41
She is one of the best. i love " sweetheart darlin' of mine'.
arthazer
Personally, I believe she is hands down the best female bluegrass vocalist out there! She has a distinctive voice that perks my ears every time I hear her. As for "sounds like", I think she stands alone but could be compared to Nancy Griffith or more closely, Emmylou Harris with diction! Just my personal opinion.
Definitely closer to Dolly Parton, then Alison Krauss. Nicely arranged (I believe in forever).
maslab1
Saw her for the 3rd time on Oct 15; still great as ever with new band, including new guitarist. I think her voice is closer to Nancy Griffith than Dolly or Alison. She's a classy lady with an authentic, unselfconsci o u s persona on stage that comes across when you talk to her in person. Which is why everything she does has integrity!
cjbaumer
I love Claire Lynch!
grampafuz
what a songbird.... . j u s t great
sounds alot like Dolly to me
"With a high-pitched voice that's been compared to Nanci Griffith and Alison Krauss..."

Am I the only one that hears a similarity to Dolly?
"LYNCH" SINGS VERY GOOD AND THE GROUP PLAYS GOOD BLUE GRASS AS WELL,GREAT HARMONY..THA N K S PANDORA
danandrobinh a l l
heavenly voice!
WOW!!!! :D
Saw her live a few weeks ago and met some of her band, masters all.
It is a shame we don't hear more from her. Wonderful voice to listen to.
adeewright
Give me more of this lady. Love her sound abd the background.

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