Richard Lynch - 10 Questions Music Interview
You’d be hard-pressed to find a musician as authentic as Richard Lynch, whose traditional country music fully embodies his hay-raising, farm-dwelling lifestyle. An all-American, blue collar country man, Lynch has poured his heart and soul into the countless chart-topping hits he and his band have produced. His music is 100% real country, evoking some of the great classics who influenced him, like Keith Whitley, Conway Twitty, and George Strait. His single, “A Better Place” topped the New Music Weekly AM/FM country chart, the IndieWorld Country Record Report, and spent an incredible 32 weeks atop the Roots Music Report True Country chart. His next 4 singles also topped the country airplay charts, including a duet with Grammy Award Winner, Rhonda Vincent. Richard’s single, “Country Music Isn’t Country Anymore” went Top 25 on the iTunes Canada sales chart.
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 was a fantastic country music entertainer, he played music all over the tri-state areas of Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana before I was born and while I was growing up. I loved that traditional country music I heard on the round-top wood radio my Dad kept turned up with "his" music. I wanted to be what my Dad was, a country music entertainer.
Let's get this out of the way. What is the CRAZIEST thing that has ever happened to you in your music career?
Well about 8 years ago, I came to the Rio Grande Valley area of Texas to play for a music showcase for booking agents for resorts in the area that book music for dances and entertainment. The first park director that came to the booking table to discuss a gig was from a nudist colony! That blew me away and I didn't book the gig!
What has been the high point of your music path?
Performing with some of the country music greats I admired all those years on the radio. I have performed several shows with several National acts but one that stands out is the fair I opened for Shenandoah on the date "Two Dozen Roses" went to #1. Marty Raybon and the band were so gracious to me and my band and included us in their autograph signing meet and greet session after the show.
So, how do you approach songwriting or what is your creative process like?
I am inspired by real life experiences. Everything I write is heartfelt with my raw emotions involved. I will always keep the sounds of traditional country in my music.
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?
The biggest challenge is getting airplay or even getting paid for our works, the digital online business does not pay what our works deserve. I would ask the music industry to stop picking what the corporate business structure thinks the listeners want to hear and let the listeners hear the traditional music they love and want to hear.
If you could share the stage with one other artist or band, who would it be and why?
George Strait, love George's music, and he lives and embodies the type of lifestyle and music I love.
What are your rehearsals generally like? Or, how do you prepare for a live show?
My band members and I have played together on the average of 25 years plus, we don't generally rehearse. We work up any new music I have put out to play for our audiences, but we don't necessarily have a full show rehearsal. We like to get together at our event barn we have built on my farm that we have 5 or 6 shows a year and work up those new songs. It is more of a casual fun get together.
Pick one song that was your greatest challenge to write. Tell us about it!
"Fast Times and Easy Money" on my "Think I'll Carry it On" album was a challenge to me because it is about gambling, fast times and that way of life that I don't necessarily live. I wanted it to be upbeat, hard driving and touch on all aspects of gambling. It took me a few sessions to get it where I wanted it.
What's coming up in the future?
I have recently recorded 4 new songs I am real proud of that, I feel my fans will appreciate. I am working on more music and want to have 12 songs to put together on the next "Songs of Richard Lynch" album to release by end of the year
Tell us where fans can access your music?
Available on Cdbaby
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