The past year has been a busy one for veteran bluegrass singer-songwriter Claire Lynch. Lynch's latest album, "Dear Sister," was nominated for the International Bluegrass Music Association's 2013 Album of the Year, and Lynch won the IBMA's 2013 Female Vocalist of the Year award, marking her third career victory.
Lynch and her band — Todd Phillips on bass, Matt Wingate on guitar and mandolin, and Bryan McDowell on fiddle and mandolin — will showcase songs from "Dear Sister" when they perform Friday, Aug. 1 at the Kingsport Renaissance Cent e r.
The show, presented by the Engage Kingsport Performing Arts Series, starts at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m.
In January 2013, after a long, successful stint with Rounder Records, Lynch signed a new recording deal with esteemed Nashville roots label Compass Records. With label co-founder Garry West producing, she released the ninth solo recording of her career, titled "Dear Sister." By summer, the album had reached the No. 1 position on the Roots Music Reports Top 50 Bluegrass Chart seven times and was nominated for Album of the Year at the 2013 IBMA Awards .
"Dear Sister" features a rock-solid, 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 Branscomb's; and the Pierce Pettis-penned "That Kind of Love."
The songs constitute what is possibly Lynch's most personal record to date and certainly one of the most broadly accessible albums of her career.
For over two decades, Lynch has delighted audiences and enjoyed reverent standing ovations for her shows at prestigious music festivals and theaters around the world. She has crafted one of the most instantly identifiable sounds in acoustic music, encompassing classic bluegrass and thoughtful infusions of contemporary folk, country, rock, and swing.
As a songwriter of inventive and evocative Music Row fare, her songs have been recorded by Kathy Mattea, Patty Loveless, and others, and she has performed as a backing/harmony vocalist with Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt, Emmylou Harris and Pam Tillis, just to name a f e w.
Reserved-seat tickets are $18 and are available online at www.EngageKingsport.com.