Claire Lynch has a new album titled Dear Sister (Compass Records). Dear Sister presents Lynch and her band (Mark Schatz on bass, Matt Wingateon guitar, mandolin, Bryan McDowell on fiddle, mandolin, guitar) on a 10-song set of bluegrass, folk and Americana cuts.
Standouts include “Doin’ Time” (with Tim O’Brien on vocals and bouzouki), the title track “Dear Sister”—an anthemic ballad of the Civil War written by Lynch and Louisa Branscomb that is based on recently discovered historic letters written by a relative of Louisa’s on the eve of the battle of Stone’s River—and the Pierce Pettis-penned “That Kind of Love.” The songs constitute what is possibly Claire’s most personal record to date and certainly one of the most broadly accessible albums of her career.
Claire Lynch’s accolades include two International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Female Vocalist of the Year Awards, 2 GRAMMY nominations for Best Bluegrass Album, songs recorded by such luminaries as Patty Loveless, The Seldom Scene, Cherryholmes, Kathy Mattea, the Whites and Stephanie Davis, and now the 2012 USA Artists $50,000 Walker Fellowship.
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