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Claire Lynch

Lovelight – 2000 (Rounder)

Reviewed by Mark "Brink" Brinkman

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CDs by Claire Lynch

On her third Rounder release, Claire Lynch fuses elements of bluegrass, country, blues and folk into a collection of songs weaving a beautiful tapestry. She approaches the music from an emotional power and musical grace seemingly absent from many of today's "cookie-cutter" albums.

From the swing version of "I'm Movin'" to the bluesy rendition of "Jealousy" to the bluegrass oriented title cut, Lynch seamlessly slides from one genre to another. Fans of Lynch's wonderful songwriting won't be disappointed either as she wrote or co-wrote over half the tunes. If her "These Flowers" doesn't bring a tear to your eye, check for a pulse.

A "dream team" of pickers join her . Regular band members of IBMA bassist of the year Missy Raines, monster guitarist Jim Hurst and husband Larry Lynch on mandolin are joined by Alison Brown on banjo, Rob Ickes on resophonic guitar and Glen Duncan on fiddle. Folks who must have a "hard driving" sound won't find it here. What you will find is a sometimes emotional, sometimes fun and sometimes moving trip down a winding musical country road.