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 Hank Williams and George Jones. For three decades and counting, Lynch has written, sung, and performed his songs with passion and dedication, building himself up into an independent country music sensation. While his musical roots are grounded in pure country, his songs also showcase elements of western swing, rockabilly, outlaw country, and hard driving honky-tonk.
Lynch, based in Waynesville, Ohio, 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 2015’s A Better Place, a 12-track production that garnered critical acclaim, particularly for its first single and title track. The 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. 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.
Looking ahead, Lynch would like to release the song “Look Out Below” as another single from A Better Place, as it has already been picked up and played by multiple radio stations. He is also at work on more music, with the hope that his next album can feature even more songs that he has written or co-written. When he isn’t in the recording studio or performing a live show, Lynch is likely hard at work on his farm, or designing and building barns.
What was your upbringing like? How did it help to shape who you are today?
I was raised on a hundred acre farm with an old farm house, with lots of animals, and work to do. The house was built in the 1800s, so we didn’t have all the modern day luxuries, so it was tough at times, but I loved it and would not change a thing about how I grew up. It made me appreciate the efforts of hard work and country farm life.
How did you initially become interested in writing and performing music?
My Dad was an accomplished country singer in the southwest Ohio area and the region; he had me on stage with him at the age of 8, so I grew up listening to and loving the real traditional country music.
How do you define “real” country music? What separates it from other forms of country music that are popular these days?
Real country music comes from the heart, tells a story people can relate to. It’s different from today’s country music that usually doesn’t have much of a storyline, it doesn’t have understandable words and doesn’t use the good country instruments like fiddle and steel guitar.
What was the recording process like for A Better Place?
It was a wonderful experience with Billy Yates producing and finding the real country songs I wanted to record; the Larry Beaird Studio is amazing, and all the musicians were outstanding and extremely professional.
What is your songwriting process? Has it changed or evolved over the years?
I have to be inspired to write a song, I don’t just sit down and make up a song. Usually a real life experience is what inspires me to come up with a song.
What does it feel like to be nominated as the Best Male Country Artist, or to have your album win Pure Country Album of the Year? Is that sort of recognition important to you?
It is very humbling to know that my peers and folks in the business appreciate my music and recognize what we have created.
What goes through your mind in the moments before you walk out on stage at a show?
I hope I can keep my throat clear and deliver the best performance I can.
Are there any cities or venues that you particularly enjoyed performing at over the years?
I enjoyed playing all over the country and overseas, wherever there are people who love and appreciate real country music.
What’s the best song or album you’ve listened to recently?
Mark Chesnutt’s new album is great.
What are you working on next?
Looking for songs for the next album we want to put together in the next year.