Claire Lynch, a petite woman with a big voice, has embarked on another refreshing new journey. She surrounds herself with some fine musicians, and her hypnotic voice seems perfectly balanced with an amazing band. Their buoyant groove makes for an especially beautiful ride.
From her early days with the Front Porch String Band through her acclaimed albums as a solo artist, Claire Lynch has earned a reputation as one of the finest singers and interpreters of bluegrass music.
Hers is a voice like no other, with a delicate lilt and warm delivery that gracefully illuminates a lyric. Her mix of original country and bluegrass numbers are all exquisitely sung and deftly played by her remarkable band. Ever since the success of Alison Krauss, many artists have tried to abridge the gulf between bluegrass and contemporary country: Lynch, who has a silvery soprano not dissimilar to Krauss’, brings just the right vocals vehicle to do it.
“Claire has such emotion, such control and such beauty in her voice. I can only wish I could sing like that.” –Patty Loveless
Think Joni Mitchell meets Laura Marling and you’ve got a good idea as to what Lily Mae, a 17-year-old contemporary Folk singer-songwriter, sounds like. She’s worked with Joan Osborne, Livingston Taylor, Ben Taylor, Amy Helm, Harry Shearer, Judith Owen, Louden Wainwright, among others. WXPN-Philly, WFUV-NYC, KALX-Berkeley have all featured her, while iTunes featured Lily as a “new and noteworthy” singer-songwriter. We wholeheartedly agree, and you will, too.