Wednesday, November 02, 2011
AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Claire Lynch
Bluegrass artist Claire Lynch isn't as well known as Alison Krauss or Rhonda Vincent because she tires of the grind of constant touring. But she is a great talent. She was born Feb. 20, 1954 in Kingston, NY and moved with her family to Hazel Green, AL at age 12. She met her future husband Larry Lynch in high school. Larry was attending the University Of Alabama in Tuscaloosa and formed the band Hickory Wind in 1973. Claire joined and they became house band at a club in Birmingham. The name changed to Front Porch String Band. They released a few albums in the late 70s but when Claire became pregnant in 1982, they disbanded. Larry went back to school and Claire took a day job but they started performing in clubs again. They were spotted by former Seldom Scene singer John Starling and he helped Claire with her songwriting. This led to a staff songwriting job with PolyGram. Claire's songs were recorded by Kathy Mattea and Patty Loveless. The Front Porch String Band was reformed in 1990 and Claire signed a solo record deal with Rounder Records. Along with Claire and Larry, the other members were Missy Raines on bass and Jim Hurst on guitar. Lovelight was released in 2000 and then Claire took a break in 2001. She continued to work as a backup singer and songwriter. She returned in 2006 with the CD New Day and her latest CD Watcha Gonna Do was released in 2009. She currently tours as The Claire Lynch Band and you check her out if you get the chance. Claire Lynch is an outstanding singer. Here Claire Lynch and Front Porch String Band performing Lovelight in Japan Oct. 2000.