Richard Lynch is a chart-topping traditional country music artist favorite who is as authentic as it gets. He is an all American farmer who has poured his heart and soul into his countless hits. Lynch has written, sung, and performed his songs with passion and dedication, building himself up into an indie-country sensation. While his roots are grounded in pure country, his songs also showcase elements of western swing, honky tonk and outlaw country. Lynch is based out of Waynesville, Ohio. He released his first full-length album, The Last of A Dying Breed, in 2013, and was nominated as Best Male Country Artist by the Independent Country Music Association in 2014. His most recent album is, a 12-track production that garnered critical acclaim, particularly for its first single and title track “ A Better Place”. The Lynch album was named the Pure Country Album of the Year by the Academy of Western Artists, while Lynch was declared Humanitarian of the Year, and his band named the Traditional Country Band of the Year at the 2015 Josie Awards. A Better Place was produced by renowned songwriter Billy Yates, and features the work of several talented musicians who have previously worked with artists including Garth Brooks, Tim McGraw, and Reba McEntire. Currently, Richard has seven nominations pending in the prestigious Josie Awards program. Was there something (an experience) or someone in your life that was the "catalyst" for you to start writing music? Tell us about it.
My Dad, Woody Lynch was my greatest inspiration. He was an amazing singer, musician and very talented country artist. Let's get this out of the way. What is the CRAZIEST thing that has ever happened to you in your music career? I guess there is not any one stand out. It's just always exciting to watch fans reactions to songs that touch them emotionally. What has been the high point of your music path? Right Now !! I am thrilled to be a 35 year career, "over night" sensation! So, how do you approach songwriting or what is your creative process like? It's all about living the country life as I do. I draw my inspiration from people and events around me What do you see as the biggest challenge facing Indie Artists today? Or, if you could ask the music industry to change one thing, what would it be?
It is extremely difficult now for indie artists to get the attention they deserve. The major labels control all the important events, performance opportunities and even most major radio stations.That is why you hear the same songs over and over again on the stations. Few if any major market radio stations are allowed to play indie music. If you could share the stage with one other artist or band, who would it be and why? Oh it would be legends that have left us. Jones, Twitty and the like. Today it would be someone like George Strait who has stayed true to his roots.
What are your rehearsals generally like? Or, how do you prepare for a live show?
We do rehearse before most shows. It's a simple process to go over our music and be sure the band is as tight as possible.
Pick one song that was your greatest challenge to write. Tell us about it!
Daddy's Words. It was written about my Dad who I miss greatly.
What's coming up in the future? We have a very busy tour schedule. We are about to shoot a video with Rhonda Vincent for our duet "Back In Love Again". We are also looking at recording some new Christmas music.
Check out the video "Cut & Paste" to hear Richard's authentic sound: