The historic Bull Run Restaurant, www.bullrunrestaurant.com, in Shirley, Massachusetts will open its doors to its Sawtelle Ball Room at 6 o’clock tonight for dining featuring farm-to-table cuisine, spirits and local brews, and the down home music of The Claire Lynch Band, a nationally recognized blue grass band. The band with its front porch sensibilities will take the stage at 8 p.m. led by Claire Lynch, winner of the International Bluegrass Music Association Award for Female Vocalist of the Year, Mark Schatz IBMA nominee for Bass Player of the Year, and Paul Wingate, Merlefest’s Doc Watson Guitar Championship winner.
When Lunch was 19-years-old she turned down an opportunity to attend Cornell when her parents moved back to NY from Alabama.
“It was a moment in conversation with my father,” explained Lynch who said her Dad had asked her if she could do anything in life what would it be?
“I want to sing,” she said.
And though she says she may live to regret it someday, she doesn’t think so because she’s so happy doing what she says is her way of chilling out.
“Mom and Dad were great in that they didn’t put demands on me,” says Lynch, who said that she and her parents have a detached sort of love, which seems to be a good thing for Lynch who says that her parents have been thrilled she went into music and have always been proud of her accomplishments.
Lynch, who has taken up mountain-biking and enjoys Nashville’s trails for a get-away kind of exercise, admits that for her, relaxing is doing her work, even the administrative part, which keeps her super busy.
There are moments of reflection for Lynch, who has raised two children and experienced divorce. She said the song, “Be Ready to Sail” written by Pat Alger struck a chord with her and she sang a few of the sweet lines for me about looking back over life, changing direction and learning lessons the hard way.
Lynch, who was honored to perform with Dolly Parton, a friend, says the country great is just as genuine as ever, and Lynch exudes the same persona when she describes herself unabashedly in three words: “she ain’t right!” she laughs out loud, saying she thinks all creative (people) are off their rockers!
“Sometimes I feel I must be nuts doing this – then again, I am happy,” says Lynch who is very proud of her grown children, a daughter who writes pros and a son who has lots of musical talent which she knows he could pursue if he wanted to.
Her advice for her daughter whom she says could teach her a thing or two about writing: “Keep things, simple, trimmed down, and to the point.”
“I’ve experienced tons of pain in my life,” says Lynch, who had an unhappy marriage.
“I looked at my life and my age – I’m too old – and said, I’ll do something about it,” said Lynch who has felt like she has been on vacation ever since she started over, read her bio at www.clairelynch.com .
“We all go for the idea of what a perfect life is,” says Lynch who says sometimes we talk ourselves into it, and sometimes people are blind to their unhappiness. But Lynch is happy now saying she has come a long way.
Despite her past personal struggles, Lynch who regards herself as young at heart, says she is very proud of her two children whom she says have paid their dues but now thinks their parents life is cool.
Even though she had the kids and did limited touring when they were young, often missing them, she says has had a charmed life.
Career-wise singing “Coat of Many Colors” and harmonizing with Dolly Parton, was a bright moment for her. You can hear the song by going to http://tunein.com/radio/ORS-Radio—Bluegrass-s98757/.
”It was an honor,” says Lynch who described Parton just the same on stage as off.
“She’s just a genuinely warm person,” said Lynch who said, “the first time I ever met her, we were with Ricky Scaggs, she was holding a plate of sausage, biscuits, and gravy. “She’s real and from humble beginnings and I don’t think she’s ever forgotten that,” says Lynch who has gotten a lot of positive energy from the female country star’s voice and her writing.
The Claire Lynch Band is four years old.
“We have good synergy together,” says Lynch who is honored to be playing with such talented musicians. Claire was also recognized by IBMA as female vocalist of the year for her influential work with The Front Porch Band and as a solo artist in 1997.
Lynch’s advice to young musicians: “Get a gig and play in front of people, that is where the rubber hits the road.”
Go to www.clairelynch.com to learn more about the band.
Tickets are $20. Go to www.bullrestaurant.com and click on Concert Series.