Richard Lynch - 10 Questions Music Interview
The W.A M. Awards celebrate the year’s most outstanding independent artists from around the world in multiple genres and categories. "Best Song" and "Best Album" nominations were based on Artistry, Musicianship, Originality, Professionalism, Diversity, and Excellence. W.A.M. stands for "We Are the Music Makers.' Richard Lynch's album "Think I'll Carry On" was the 2020 W.A.M. Award Winner for Best Album in the Country music category. Was there something (an experience) or someone in your life that was the "catalyst" for you to start writing music? Tell us about it. I started writing songs when I was in high school because I wanted my own music. I am influenced now by my wife who encourages me.
Let's get this out of the way. What is the CRAZIEST thing that has ever happened to you in your music career? I was playing 6 nights a week in the 90s at local clubs in the Cincinnati area and one night there was an unhappy fellow who kept staring at me and confronted me on break about messing with his wife the week before. Well it wasn't me who had played that club the week before, it was another tall lead singer (friend of mine). He knew the other singer's name and when he figured out that it wasn't me, he left looking for the other singer.
What has been the high point of your music path? Opening up for Shenandoah in 1989 at the Butler County Fair in Hamilton OH, when Two Dozen Roses had gone #1 for them that day! We celebrated with them.
So, how do you approach songwriting or what is your creative process like? I tend to put a true, real experience in my music. My songs come from the heart with emotion for the true experience or situation that has inspired the song.
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? Biggest challenge for Indie Artists to get our music played. I would ask the industry to put the country back in Country Music, leave the genre to the traditional sound.
If you could share the stage with one other artist or band, who would it be and why? Probably George Strait; he has a similar lifestyle, plus his music is the closest to what I perform. He is real country.
What are your rehearsals generally like? Or, how do you prepare for a live show? The members of my band have been playing with me for a very long time; we only get together to work up new songs I have written. We have limited rehearsals and enjoy a good time when we get together. I have always had a knack for reading a crowd, so I rarely have a set list and to get prepared I put my guitar on and take the stage.
Pick one song that was your greatest challenge to write. Tell us about it! I have a brand new song, not released yet called Rodeo Town, that was actually not my story. It was a story my keyboard player shared with me from his life experiences. So I had to put myself in his position and it is about Santa Fe, where I have never visited so I had to work on it to get the best words to tell the story.
What's coming up in the future? Putting together recording for the last 4 songs for a new album, to be released by the end of 2020. 2021 looks like some good tour dates, opening for some great National acts, and some guest appearances on TV and radio that I am looking forward to.