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Claire Lynch

Ep. 79 - Claire Lynch

Dear Sister: The Bluegrass Artist Turned Songwriter Turned Songwriting Bluegrass Artist

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Claire opens up about how she went from growing up on Joan Baez in New York to setting new bluegrass trends in Alabama; the song she calls "her penance" for not appreciating her roots; why her husband put a pad and pencil in her hand and forced her to finish a song; how she learned to co-write through embarrassment; what it is she loves about being "hot on the trail" of a songwriting idea; the toll her music took on her marriage; what she learned working with Dolly Parton; and the secret of making a good song great.  

Launching her career with the Front Porch String Band in the 1970s, Claire Lynch went on to release solo material before ultimately assembling her own Claire Lynch Band. Dolly Parton calls Claire “one of the sweetest, purest and best lead voices in the music business today.” She has received over twenty nominations from the International Bluegrass Music Association, winning a half dozen of their awards, including Female Vocalist of the Year in 1997, 2010, and 2013. Her song “Dear Sister” was named the IBMA's 2014 Song of the Year.

She was inducted into the Alabama Music Hall of Fame, and has been nominated for three Grammy awards for Best Bluegrass album, most recently for her 2016 release North By South. In addition to her own recordings, Claire’s songs have been covered by a long list of bluegrass and folk artists, including The Seldom Scene, Patty Loveless, Kathy Mattea, Cherryholmes, and The Whites.


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