We enjoyed your music very much and believe that it is one of the very best that we have attended. Your music is from the heart and you are so "down home" that meeting you is like meeting a long time friend, This award recognizes you talent not only for your performances but also your song writing ability.
- I. Johnson, Innisfil ON
I dragged my hubby to your concert kickin' and screaming'.I had to pry him out of his seat as we would not accept that the concert was over.All 4 of you were terrific!Hurry back!
– K. Ward - Bozeman, MT
I saw most of her performances at Wintergrass, including with the WG Youth Orchestra- and they were all superb. Brian is doing a great job of staking out his place in the band, and Matt continues to be a masterful anchor.
I expect that everyone agrees that Claire is a peerless singer and songwriter, but I think she deserves a great deal of credit as a bandleader--the arrangements frame both her voice and the band members' top-shelf lyricism perfectly.
The CLB plays bluegrass music with a level of sophistication and taste that is, to my way of thinking, above and beyond a lot of more successful bands. They raise the bar for pickers everywhere.
– C.Knight, Washington State (Feb 2012)
Just listened to Heaven's Light -- excellent. Such a perfect voice, such a perfect delivery -- and a touching lyric. Listened recently to the New Day and Whatcha Gonna Do albums -- I need to get to a Claire show. I sure do love how you follow you heart and your talent and great musicians flock to you -- and fans too, like me. Continued success, Claire. A beautiful heart makes beautiful songs. You are the proof.
– Doc S., Atlanta, GA
“… even though your albums have a touch of swing, jazz or blues, I believe you have advanced Bluegrass in ways similar to how the Beatles advanced the substance of (some) rock n roll. You do that, in continuity with the tradition, adapting several compatible styles, and writing/playing songs that speak to the human heart. It doesn't get any better than that!”
– Charlie Balsam, The Woodlands, TX
"...you, Claire, with your beautiful soul & sublime voice warmed up a cold winter's night with bluegrass fire. Thanks"
– CMJ, Ulster Co., NY
My husband saw you several years ago and just went on and on about you, I kind of rolled my eyes and was like, honey, "I just don't like that bluegrass the way you do". But I feel it is important to be involved in things together so when he told me that CLAIRE LYNCH was going to be at our favorite hangout again (missed you last time)..., I bought tickets for he, our 17 year old daughter and I. Let me just say, MOVE OVER BACON!!!!! Claire, I enjoyed your show at Berkley Bob's in Cullman last Saturday so much!!!!! I have listened to the two CD's that we bought soooo much that they are already skipping. What an honor it was to get to see you in such a small and personal setting!!!!!! While much of the bluegrass music makes me want to pull my hair out, there is something about your music that sings to me as sweetly as your voice. Your words, composition, and versatility have inspired me beyond measure.
– DF, Cullman, AL
THANK YOU to all of you who have written to me with their congratulations in response to my e-blast about "My Florida Sunshine Moment". I'm overwhelmed with "warm fuzzies"! (8/19/2010)
~ Your response is just another reason to love you, Claire! Thanks for all your great artistry, and I continue to look forward to more of your great singing!! – HO, Lincroft, NJ
~ Claire....I am SO happy for you. I am thrilled when God blesses somebody like you. – MR, Nashville, TN
~ Congratulations Claire. I was listening to the live broadcast and gave a hearty hurray when I heard your nominations. In my opinion you are the best female vocalist in Bluegrass. Keep singing, you light up our lives. – RJ
~ Good morning Claire, and congratulations on the richly deserved nominations! In Lynn's and my own personal Hall of Fame, you will always and forever be a winner. You're so right about the wonderful community that is this music. We are indeed so very blessed. – MW, Winchdester, VA
~ Congrats Claire! So glad your continuing Florida connection is garnering you well deserved praise. It makes me so proud, again, to have you on my Florida themed album and I notice that on Folk radio we often get played back to back - "My Florida Sunshine" from your album and then one from mine. Very nice - good luck in the voting! – D. Spears, Orlando, FL
~ Claire, I have known you for a long time and seen you go through several musical incarnations and a host of accomplices, all of them unique and wonderful. Through all of this change there has been a constant, and that is you, one genuinely beautiful and classy lady with one genuinely beautiful voice and style. Thanks for stickin' to your guns all these years. – WM, Florida
~ Congratulations!!! Look forward to many more Claire Lynch albums to add to my collection….I have them all so far! – CJ
~ A great tribute to the fathers of bluegrass. Claire, you say it so well. Lest we forget in our daily challenge to make it happen for us...thanks for the grounding. Take care. – PM
~ Wonderful email, Claire. I love how you describe “the bluegrass life.” I’m just a bluegrass fan – not a picker – but I’ve always had the feeling that there really is something so special about “our” music: it’s the history, the people and places it comes from, the fan’s accessibility to the artists, and, of course, the music itself. I love “My Florida Sunshine” and the rest of your newest album. All the best at the IBMAs! Thanks Claire. – SG
~ Just a quick note to congratulate you on your song, My Florida Sunshine.........YUGO, girl!! SO very happy to see my hero's name, Bill Monroe sharing the credits.......he was a gem......a diamond in the rough....... BJ, Whitesburg, KY
~ That's What Makes You Stong is one of my favorites on the Whatch Gonna Do album. I hope hope hope you win Female Vocalist of the Year. A sweep would be awesome! I am in the raffle to win IBMA tickets. What a treat to be there and see you win. My husband, three year old daughter Anjali, and I saw you in the basement of a church. I think you and your band were wonderful. Anjali still likes to body music slap thanks to lessons from your band pro. Good luck,good luck, good luck. – LS
~ Hi Claire, being friends with Bill Monroe for many Years was always a great honor for Me that I Humbly accepted and treasured. If He were here today, I know He would be proud of the works You have created and especially for the use of His songs.Just wanted to say thanks, and Go Girl ! Cheers – RL
~ You, your music and your band bring happy energy, endless smiles and boundless joy to us all. I am so fortunate to have been to several of your concerts and even got to thank you, in person. You and your music are such a wonderful part of my life, I can never really thank you, enough. Congratulations on your nominations - it's a long time coming and so well-deserved. – Tim
~ Big, big congratulations to you!!!! And I know Bill Monroe is smiling!! – LP
~ Claire--No one deserves it more than you! I remember I got to interview Earl Scruggs back in the 70s when i was writing for a local entertainment magazine. He played here at what was then the Great Southern Music Hall, or maybe the Florida Theatre, not sure which incarnation. Anyway, he was just the kindest, gentlest person. To me he seemed to be the epitome of the true Southern gentleman. I'll never forget that. Happy trails to you, my friend – CD, Gainesville FL
~ I heard you sing "My Florida Sunshine" at the Wildwest Bluegrass Festival in NM. I think your cover deserves Bluegrass Song of the Year. Thank you for a wonderful time that weekend. I'm looking forward to seeing you perform again. – TG
I was rereading your e-mail and felt compelled to respond as it struck a chord in my heart about the music that is so dear to me. As one of the first cool evenings of the oncoming fall was settling along the banks of Camp Creek in Greene Co.,Tn last evening I was thinking about your e-mail and the bluegrass lifestyle. Gathered some 75 people strong with ribs,chicken and lots of pickin' for dessert we settled in for a long evening of stump the band. At some point the plywood sheets were dragged out and the cloggers let it go,of course Rocky Top is always the favorite. You gotta love hard working and salt of the earth East Tennesseans,! Thank you for your wonderful music. – GF, Newport,TN
"I had the great good fortune to attend your concert last night. I came for the Bluegrass and listened to so much more. I do not think a current label would hang on your style. It's unique and should be heard and not labelled. By the way, what do you call it?
Remarkable musicianship, arrangements, and performance personality rolls up into a superbly entertaining evening. You have earned three new fans. My brother, my best friend, and I were completely knocked out."
Ken Ratchford, Jacksonville, FL
"I can't imagine a better, happier band and Claire Lynch is possibly the warmest, most inclusive, sincere, most down to earth and engaging performer that I have ever seen."
Jim Collier, Raleigh, NC
"I will always hold (Claire) in esteem as one of the greatest singers I've ever heard or worked with."
Skip Ewing, Nashville, TN
"It is so refreshing and exciting to hear someone like you who stands out like a rare red rose among a bunch of daisies."
Ron Gouge, Atlanta, GA
"...Listening to your Music, I never know whether to clap or shout!"
Rocky Hill, Dayton, TN
"....I was pre-selecting songs for this week's show and thought about putting on "Sweetheart Darlin' of Mine"
After one listen...I couldn't stop...had to play it over and over just because I couldn't get enough of it. Claire if you'd have just been born a little earlier, you could have written all the songs for the Carter Family and stopped ol' A.P. from trampin' all over the country-side in search of great songs."
Prescription Bluegrass – www.PrescriptionBluegrass.com– Flagstaff, AZ
"Your band performs like a well-oiled machine .... This level of performance stands out even among other great bands."
Pieter Groenveld & Liz Meyer, Strictly Country Records/ European World of Bluegrass
"...If the house were burning down and I had to grab three things before I bolted out the door that I knew with certainty would get me through the trauma, loss, and re-building of a new house, they would be 3 of Claire Lynch's CD's!!!
Friends for a Lifetime to inspire me and remind me that God is in the tragedy as well as the triumph.... Silver and Gold to snap me out of the self-pity and remind me that life is uncertain and I'd better learn how to swing through it, and that love is a safe haven and will carry me through....and undoubtedly New Day to bring home the fact that I will survive and end up on the other side of yesterday to cherish each moment I still have on this earth today...
I have the pleasure of knowing the soul behind these songs and I have been captivated by her voice and her sweet spirit since I met her ...
New Day is a treasure from start to finish! I hear a unleashed strength, confidence and "back to my roots" sound in Claire's singing that I've never heard before...
"Old friend and BIG Fan"
Pam Daley, Nashville, TN"
"Love your songs, your arrangements and your feeling tone, especially the anti-pop country element..."
Joanne Weil Heald, Alameda, CA
"I have listened to and seen alot of live Bluegrass concerts but Claire Lynch has one of the most pure voices that I have ever heard in Bluegrass music. Her delivery of each song was so impressive! I love her song writing style and it is clear why other top names in Bluegrass and the music industry in general want to record her music. I am glad she's touring again and hope that she gets the acclaim she deserves w/ "New Day" – it's FABULOUS!"
Stacy H. Painter, Huntsville, AL
"...No voice in the universe could have brought these beautiful songs across the way yours did. Some people have a gift, you have a gift on top of a gift!"
Ron Stowe – Perry, OH
"I picked a copy of your Crowd Favorites and have joined the crowd."
Steve Hardy, Gulf Breeze, FL
... a fantastic example of uniqueness, yet not forgetting the nature of the Bluegrass genre."
Jeff Cole, Loganville, GA