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Think I’ll Carry It On Jul 2, 2019 | Music | 0 comments A true slice of Americana rolls through Richard Lynch’s “Think I’ll Carry It On”. Richard Lynch delivers the songs with true grit and soul. Country, folk, with a nice western rock touch helps everything come together in a perfect fashion. Taking a bit from Wilco’s directness, the whole of the album works akin to chapters in a greater story. Every piece builds off the last one resulting in a vast tapestry of sound. Concepts of faith, patriotism, and navigating relationship all comes into the fray, with Richard Lynch singing of universal truths.
The whirlwind of “We’re American Proud” celebrates the joy of what it means to be an American. A rollicking good time bursts forth with the wild style of “You Can’t Stay Here” complete with slide guitar for good measure. Nostalgia comes into view with the reflective scope of “Back In 1953”. Full of love “Back In 1953” serves as the album highlight, showing off Richard Lynch’s uncanny storytelling ability. “Fast Times and Easy Money” goes for a virtual blur, as the tempos barrel through with such intensity. With “Daddy’s Guitar” the gorgeous chamber pop arrangement recalls Lambchop at their most astute. On “One Breath Away” Richard Lynch sings with such incredible tenderness. Perfectly ending the album is the meditative work of “They Don’t Play ‘em Like That” which closes everything in a colorful way.
On “Think I’ll Carry It On” Richard Lynch crafts a pitch-perfect sound, one whose richness virtually teems with life.
INDIE BAND GURU – Scott Carlito July 2, 2019
A soft strum of the guitar is all that it takes to rouse the attention of listeners in “They Don’t Play ‘Em Like That,” one of the dozen songs that comprise Think I’ll Carry It On, the latest album from country singer Richard Lynch. Like the other eleven tracks that join it in this treasure chest of twang and tonality, “They Don’t Play ‘Em Like That” is loaded with an undying Americana that is hard to come by in mainstream country music these days, and while Lynch isn’t reinventing the framework of the genre in his new LP, he’s playing to a faction of Nashville’s longtime audience that has been neglected by the establishment for far too long now. Think I’ll Carry It On is old school country at its finest, and that’s certainly no small statement to make.
There’s a tremendous amount of instrumental detail in this record, with songs like the balladic “Back in 1953,” fire-starting “Fast Times and Easy Money,” “Keyboard Cowboy” (featuring Donna Lynch in a brief guest appearance) and the bluegrass-influenced “Daddy’s Guitar” packing some of the heaviest string harmonies that I’ve heard in a Richard Lynch album thus far in his career. Unlike his peers in the major label-led mainstream, he puts just as much effort into making the melodic backdrop of these tracks as evocative and heartfelt in tone as any of his actual singing is. Think I’ll Carry It On is much more than an exercise in pastoral poetry and decadent down-south grooving; this is the sort of full-color depiction of traditional country music that many of us, myself included, have been begging for these last few years.
You can tell that Lynch has a personal investment in “One Breath Away,” “We’re American Proud” and the gospel-tinged “Pray on the Radio,” and it goes far beyond their intimate lyrical content. There’s an emotionality in his voice when he serenades us with the spiritually-strengthened verses of “Pray on the Radio” that transcends the limits of rhyme and rhythm altogether, and I wouldn’t say that it’s inaccessible to those of a faith different from that of Lynch’s at all. Much like the rich cultural fabric of the country that inspires so much of his music, Lynch’s latest record is a melodic melting pot of material that is as indebted to the work of his predecessors as it is a forward-thinking, constantly evolving artistic entity.
This has been an incredible year for country music so far, with scores of young up and comers making headlines in both the underground and the mainstream, but Richard Lynch’s Think I’ll Carry It On definitely gives us some of the most straightforward and relatable songcraft that I’ve had the pleasure of reviewing this season. Whether you’ve been following him since his debut or are just now discovering his music for the first time through this stellar new album, this is a sterling listen for anyone who enjoys unvarnished country sung by a deeply gifted singer and lyricist. I’m looking forward to seeing him hit the road in support of this set, and once you’ve heard it for yourself, I think you’ll share my sentiments.
GASHOUSE.com June 30, 2019 Sebastian Cole
Country has been enjoying a massive spike in talent from its independent underground lately, and among the more intriguing acts to catch my attention this year has been Richard Lynch, a blue-collar country singer whose music can’t help but evoke imagery that is endearingly American, through and through. Lynch’s brand new album, Think I’ll Carry It On, comes to us frills-free and sporting a homespun artistry that is refreshing to hear right now, when it feels like country music is as in love with sonic indulgence as mainstream pop has been. Think I’ll Carry It On is a product and celebration of the unrelenting American spirit, and it’s an excellent acquirement for any patriotic music fan this season.
There’s a lot of gospel influence in this record, but Lynch avoids overstating any religious themes in the bulk of his lyrics. “Pray on the Radio” is simply moving in its velvety, honest verses, while “Love Tattoo,” which features Ronnie McDowell, has the bones of a southern soul ballad with the tonality of a modern country single. Lynch isn’t afraid to wear his heart on his sleeve with us in Think I’ll Carry It On; if anything, he’s volunteering more of himself to listeners in these songs than he ever has before. Conventional country swing is bountiful in “Fast Times and Easy Money,” “We’re American Proud,” “Another Honky Tonk Song” (Leona Williams stops by for some melodic sparring in this track) and “The Old Feed Store,” while the plodding arrangements in “Daddy’s Guitar” and “Back in 1953” are slightly more experimental and twice as tension-inducing. There’s always a cathartic release to every ascending groove that we come in contact with in this album, and that in itself sets Lynch apart from most anyone in the eclectic “New Nashville” that critics have been abuzz over throughout 2018 and 2019.
With so much hybridity in country lately, it should come as no surprise that a record like Think I’ll Carry It On sounds as off the cuff and original as it does. Even taking away Lynch’s amazing command of the backing band here, there’s a smooth, reliably rhythmic stylization of this tracklist that keeps us engaged from the moment that “We’re American Proud” kicks off to the second that “They Don’t Play ‘Em Like That” retreats into the silence from which it first emerged. By keeping things simple, he yields a wealth of melodic gems in this LP that my gut tells me we’ll still be talking about when it comes time for those fabled year-end award ceremonies. I love what Richard Lynch is doing with his music right now, and to be frank, I can’t wait to hear more. Think I’ll Carry It On is an album that doesn’t demand anything from its audience in exchange for a healthy portion of percussive wallop, dexterous string harmonies and a whole lot of exquisite all-American lyricism that could get anyone excited for the 4th. This is one of the smarter country releases that I’ve listened to this June, and it’s got the potential to bring its creator into the limelight of the primetime stage once and for all.
VENTS MAGAZINE – July 17, 2019
Cowboy crooner Richard Lynch is back and unleashing his best collection of ballads and fiery swing tunes yet in Think I’ll Carry It On, a record that I can only describe as a twelve-track gateway drug to all things country. Think I’ll Carry It On takes the accessible melodies and brutally honest poetry of Mending Fences and adds in a touch of Americana-themed lyricism that makes it a lot earthier than his third record was stylistically, but make no mistakes about it – Lynch’s most recent album is anything but soft-serve country. If you ask me, I think that it’s an urbane, stately exhibition of his ongoing love affair with the very nature of American life.
The sway of the percussion is undeniably hypnotic in “The Old Feed Store,” “We’re American Proud” and “Another Honky Tonk Song,” and I don’t know that any review of Think I’ll Carry It On would be complete without addressing the LP’s devastatingly handsome drum patterns. Like the guitar parts, they’re given the VIP treatment from behind the soundboard, and sparkle with an effervescence that contributes to the narrative of songs like “They Don’t Play ‘Em Like That” without question. This master mix is crafted with immense physicality, but it never allows the music to take on an overly aggressive tone.
Lynch’s duets with Leona Williams (“Another Honky Tonk Song”) and Ronnie McDowell (“Love Tattoo”) are incredibly magnetizing and highlight his exceptionally gifted ability to collaborate with likeminded artists. The chemistry in this pair of songs is off the charts, but it never takes away from the monolithic quality of the solo material at all. Richard Lynch doesn’t have any difficulties sharing the mic duties with some mighty musicians in their own right on Think I’ll Carry It On, and considering the presence that he has in this record, it says a lot that he was even able to find singers who can hold their own in the studio with him.
Based on what I heard in his last two albums, I’ve concluded that Lynch’s arranging skills have vastly improved with the release of this latest set of songs. “Fast Times and Easy Money,” “One Breath Away,” “Pray on the Radio” and “Back in 1953” are really complex, multilayered pieces of music that flow with a gracefulness that I had once thought restricted to R&B tracks exclusively, and for all of the intricately constructed instrumental parts in each of these songs, we never get overwhelmed by the uncompromising strength of the sonic output here. He pays keen attention to the subtleties that many of his peers would just as soon ignore, and that by itself makes Think I’ll Carry It On a worthwhile listen for country music buffs everywhere.
It isn’t easy going against the Nashville model, but this album is an irresistibly enticing effort from Richard Lynch, who has made a lot of progress creatively in a very short amount of time. Lynch is always cultivating his sound to be more efficient and affective, and both music aficionados and casual pop fans alike will be able to appreciate the fruits of his labor in Think I’ll Carry It On. He’s outdone himself here, and I’m definitely not the only journalist who is saying as much.
by Bethany Page
MOBANGELES.Com - Michael Rand June 17, 2019
Reviews “We got American pride / We stand side by side / We talk clear and loud / We’re American proud” sings Richard Lynch in “We’re American Proud,” the opening track of his all-new album Think I’ll Carry It On, which is out now everywhere that quality country music is sold and streamed. In Think I’ll Carry It On, Lynch invites us into his wild world of chest-pounding country/western twang in what is arguably his most emotionally charged release to date. “They Don’t Play ‘Em Like That,” “Daddy’s Guitar,” “Keyboard Cowboy” and “Another Honky Tonk Song” (featuring Leona Williams) would have been more than enough to put together a killer extended play, but this powerhouse singer/songwriter didn’t stop with the string-centric wonderment in this latest studio cut. Other songs like the feverish “Fast Times and Easy Money,” “One Breath Away,” “Pray on the Radio” and, my personal favorite, “The Old Feed Store,” show off more melodic moxie than anything Lynch has recorded prior to now, and from where I sit, Think I’ll Carry It On just might be the most complete country album that you’re going to hear this summer.
There’s a duality to this LP that really caught my attention when I first picked it up, and it’s something that I think makes it completely different from previous records by Richard Lynch. Instead of focusing on one specific aspect of his sound, such as the guitar-slinging or the masterful melodicism that guides his every verse, Lynch makes a point to ensure that every one of these songs feels like a symphony of bucolic balladry, delivered with varying amounts of overdrive and adrenaline depending on the narrative at hand. This makes Think I’ll Carry It On a really diverse listen, but it plays out fluidly nonetheless. “Love Tattoo,” which sees Ronnie McDowell dropping in for a Johnny Cash-style serenade, transitions into “Pray on the Radio” seamlessly, and though “Daddy’s Guitar” and “One Breath Away” boast designs that are complete opposites of one another on paper, it’s hard for me to imagine listening to either of them without the other, much as would be the case with an all-out progressive concept piece (sans the camp and bombast, of course).
You don’t have to be the world’s biggest country music fan to dig the sound that Richard Lynch is putting down in Think I’ll Carry It On, but for those of us who live for a nuanced Nashville jam, this is one album that is literally bursting at the seams with as many as a summer would require. I’ve listened to so many new country artists that are desperately searching for their place in the genre’s established hierarchy lately; more often than not, they’re not only lacking the raw talent that Lynch has in spades, but they’re confused as to what their artistic persona is, beneath all of the labels and scene politics. None of these issues are a problem for Richard Lynch; on the contrary, his confident attitude and disciplined approach to songwriting should serve as a fine example for a generation of country singers finding their way in a new and exciting age for America’s most iconic genre.
Academy of Western Artists
The Ohio Country Music Hall Of Fame artist received the honor during a ceremony held on March 14th at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, TX. It's a special honor, indeed, to represent a pure country artist, who remains true to his roots.” — Randy Hayford, Twang Thang Country
FORT WORTH, TX, USA, March 15, 2019 -- Ohio native Richard Lynch has won his fair share of industry awards during his 40-plus years in country music. Lynch is a member of the Ohio Country Music Hall of Fame and the Independent Country Music Hall of Fame. He is also a Billboard Magazine Emerging Artist and Top 25 iTunes sales charting artist. His traditional country songs have earned Number One airplay status both in the US and abroad. On Thursday, March 14th, 2019, Richard Lynch added to his collection of achievements, being named the Academy of Western Artists' 2018 Pure Country Male Artist of the Year. The ceremony was held at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, TX. Lynch was nominated alongside Will Banister, Chuck Cusimano, Steve Griggs and Scott Southworth. Lynch was also nominated with his band for Pure Country Duo/Group of the Year. Randy Hayford of Twang Thang Country, Lynch's management, said, "It's a special honor, indeed, to represent a pure country artist, who remains true to his roots. Our most sincere congratulations!" ABOUT RICHARD LYNCH: Richard Lynch is a Waynesville, Ohio-based country music artist, who has compiled a long list of country hits and chart toppers in the world of traditional country music. 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. His last single, "Pray on the Radio" received Christian radio airplay and charting, also reaching the US iTunes Single Sales chart. Lynch has appeared on WSM Radio Nashville, RFD TV, Fox TV, and countless other media outlets. He is also the host of "Traditionally Lynch," airing on TV and radio, and he's the founder of the Love Tattoo Foundation for veterans. http://www.richardlynchband.com