Claire Lynch charms with Canadian bluegrass

laire Lynch began her career in bluegrass in Alabama. With Grammy nominations and IBMA awards, including three as top female vocalist, Lynch is firmly entrenched in the upper echelon of bluegrass artists.

For “North by South,” Lynch travels north of the border to record songs by Canadian tunesmiths. Canada is home to Lynch’s husband who introduced her to some of his country’s finest writers, most of whom are unknown in the land of the cotton.

It doesn’t matter, though, where she finds her songs, because Lynch is versatile and astute, with a voice so warm and reassuring it could melt Canada’s stubborn permafrost.

From the opening lines of “Cold Hearted Wind,” Lynch invites us to hold to hope with comforting resolve: “Some morning you may find yourself alone/And there’ll be no warning should the wind of change start blowing/Cold-hearted wind is blowin’ in the face of love/But I’ll take you to a place I know/Where the cold-hearted wind don’t blow.”

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