Lynch, Trischka, Ickes win honors
Monday, December 3, 2012
– Claire Lynch, Tony Trischka and Rob Ickes are among 54 artists to receive one of 50 USA Fellowships from United States Artists (USA). The national advocacy organization awarded unrestricted grants of $50,000 today.
Those honored come from the fields of architecture and design, crafts and traditional arts, dance, literature, media, music, theater arts, and visual arts.
Out of the 54 winners, only seven are in the music field.
Lynch has long been recognized as a creative force in acoustic music and at the forefront of women who have expanded the bluegrass genre. She has twice earned The International Bluegrass Music Association's "Female Vocalist of the Year" title, and two Grammy nominations.
"On a personal level, the award fuels my confidence and creativity and inspires me to take my work to new levels," said Lynch. "I'm in the studio recording a new album right now and the thrill of being selected is bringing an incredible energy to the sessions."
Lynch's encompasses classic bluegrass and infusions of contemporary folk, country, rock and swing. Her songs have been recorded by Kathy Mattea, Patty Loveless and others.
Lynch released 7 albums through Rounder Records, where she enjoyed an 18-year collaboration with label founder Ken Irwin. Currently, she is recording a new album to be released in 2013 on roots label Compass Records.
Ickes has long considered a premier Dobro player while Trischka plays banjo.
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