Lynch in concert Sunday at Georgia State Fair
By Jason A. Smith
Country-music singer Richard Lynch is working hard to keep the traditions of his genre alive. He said one of his goals at every show is to present songs that audiences can relate to while staying true to his roots.
“Traditional country music has a flavor and a sound that comes from the heart,” said Lynch. “My music is brand-new country music, but it has a respect and appreciation for the folks who gave us traditional country music.”
Richard Lynch will be performing at the Georgia State Fair. The fair will be held at Atlanta Motor Speedway from September 30 through October 9 Special photo
The Richard Lynch Band is set to perform at the Georgia State Fair Sunday at 4:15 p.m., at Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton.
Lynch is a farmer from Waynesville, Ohio, just north of Cincinnati, where he grows alfalfa hay and grass. He said the seeds for his music career were sown when he was a child.
“My dad had all the old 33s and 45s of Hank Williams and Lefty Frizzell,” said Lynch. “I wouldn’t say I’m an authority, but country music has been in my house since day one.”
Lynch’s additional musical influences include Merle Haggard, George Jones, Keith Whitley, Conway Twitty, Mel Street and Mel Tillis. He said the demand for traditional country music is still going strong, as evidenced by those who come to hear him perform at state fairs across the country.
“I’m having international success because I’m playing traditional county music,” said Lynch. “I’m even seeing younger folks gravitating to our shows. It’s an absolute honor for me to keep real-life country music in this world.”
Lynch performs approximately 110 dates a year, and hosts several large shows each year at his Keepin’ It Country Farm in Waynesville. He will welcome fellow country artist Ronnie McDowell to the farm for a concert on Oct. 14.
While mainstream country fans may not be as familiar with Lynch’s music, his talents have not gone unnoticed in recent years. In 2015, his band won the Pure Country Album of the Year from the Will Rogers Association of Western Artists, and Band of the Year from the Josie Awards for independent artists.
Lynch’s most recent accolade came just last week, when he won Album of the Year from the Josie Awards for his current collection, titled A Better Place, featuring the song “She’s Got Me Drinking Again” with singer/songwriter Billy Yates.
“I was excited and appreciative, because there’s a lot of talent in our country,” said Lynch. “To be nominated was an amazing feeling, but to win was even more amazing. I didn’t expect it.”
Along with his musical pursuits, Lynch has been recognized as the founder of the Love Tattoo Foundation, named for an album he released last year. The nonprofit foundation seeks to honor and assist American military veterans who suffer from physical or emotional wounds.
“Every nickel of the sales of that particular CD goes to help our injured military, and we’re very proud of that,” said Lynch.
The Georgia State Fair opens Friday, September 30 and goes through Sunday, October 9.
For more information on Lynch, visit www.richardlynchband.com. For ticket prices and more on the fair, visit www.georgiastatefair.org