Music has always been at the very core of what Richard Lynch is about. “I remember in study hall, I would get out my guitar and we’d go pick and sing,” recalls the Ohio native. “I knew that music was what I wanted to do from an early age. We were just country people who loved country life.”
He credits much of that philosophy to the work ethic and morals that were instilled in him by his parents. I grew up on a 110 acre farm. We always had plenty of livestock, horses, and cattle – plenty of chores and things to do. We didn’t have a whole lot of money growing up, but we never went hungry or had any wants. I know what it’s like to go through hard times, but by the same token, I wouldn’t trade the way I was raised for nothing. It made me decide and realize that in life, you get what you put into it.”
Lynch has definitely reaped what he has sown, from a career standpoint. The traditional-based singer has made many fans across the nation – at one point, he was playing over 300 shows a year – and has won the 2014 Male Country Vocalist of the Year, the 2015 Entertainer of The Year from the CMG Global Radio Network, and has received several nominations from Nashville Universe, including Entertainer of the Year. His May 2015 release “She’s Got Me Drinkin’ Again” a duet with Billy Yates has been named song of the year and his “Last of A Dying Breed” CD has been named the 2015 Album of The Year by CMG Global Radio Network.
Released to rave reviews, Richard’s new album was just awarded 4.5 out of a 5 star rating by Country Music People Magazine. The June 2015 album, “A Better Place”, showcases Richard’s warm and inviting musical style. Produced by acclaimed singer-songwriter Billy Yates (“Choices,” “I Don’t Need Your Rockin’ Chair”), the set definitely accentuates the more traditional side of the format. “That’s where my heart is,” he explains. “I’ve played southern rock and rock & roll – when you’re doing the bar scene, you have to play everything, But, my heart is with artists like Mel Street, Conway Twitty, and George Jones. My dad was always playing music in the Dayton / Cincinnati area long before I was born. I grew up in that environment, and have loved traditional country music ever since. I share my dad’s passion. That’s all I am.” And, with tour dates being requested from Texas to West Virginia to Wisconsin, Richard Lynch is proving there’s a still a market for real country music.
Richard Lynch also feels good about his music – and he believes fans are going to fall in love with the music on A Better Place. With a wide variety of moods and sounds, ranging from the set’s first single, “She Got Me Drinkin’ Again,” a duet with Yates to the tear-jerking title cut, Lynch says he is right where he wants to be. “When I hear good traditional country music, it gives me goose bumps. When it comes from the heart, and you feel it, that’s where I want to be.”
Much like his music alone, a live performance of the Richard Lynch Band is something you feel. It's something you carry with you when you walk away. If country music is a gift that sustains in our lives wherever we go, Richard Lynch is the messenger, a Richard Lynch performance will surely warm your country soul.
**2015 Male Vocalist of the Year Nominee at Nashville Universe
**2015 Entertainer of the Year Nominee at Nashville Universe
**2015 Entertiner of The Year - CMG Global Radio Network
**2015 Album of The Year - CMG Global Radio Network - "Last of A Dying Breed"
**2015 Song of The Year - CMG Global Radio Network - "She's Got Me Drinkin' Again"
**2014 Male Artist of the Year Nominee by the Independent Country Music Association
**2014 Male Country Vocalist of the Year at CMG Global Radio Network