NASHVILLE, TN â€“ 2013 IBMA Female Vocalist of the Year, and winner of the 2014 IBMA Song of the Year (â€œDear Sisterâ€), Claire Lynch, is excited to announce a very special release for the holidays on her own Thrill Hill Records. Holiday! is Claireâ€™s first seasonal album and is available now at her live shows and through the Claire Lynch website.
Holiday! sets the mood for enjoying holiday traditions and cheer. â€œI took songs from my childhood holiday memories and then we put the â€˜CLB twistâ€™ on them,â€ the multi-award-winning artist says.
The ten-track album is melodic and contemporary with a retro charm that harkens back to great, traditional holiday albums. Holiday! features an array of seasonal standards like â€œHome for the Holidays,â€ â€œWhite Christmas,â€ and a special version of â€œScarlett Ribbonsâ€ with harmonies by Claireâ€™s daughter, Christy.
Holiday! puts emphasis on Claireâ€™s delicate vocals and the instrumentation of her virtuosic players creating a delicious intersection of bluegrass and jazz.
The current Claire Lynch Band is a powerful juggernaut, a quartet that has the innate ability to perfectly interpret the beauty, subtlety, and genre-defying sophistication of Claireâ€™s music. The CLB features like-minded musicians blending tradition and innovation – two-time IBMA-winning bassist-clawhammer banjo player-dancer-percussionist Mark Schatz, soulful mandolinist-guitarist Matt Wingate, and young string wizard Bryan McDowell.
Holiday! was recorded at Lynchâ€™s recording studio, The Pine Room, and engineered by Todd Phillips, who also appears on the album as percussionist and has traveled with the CLB.
â€œI can say that this is the most-relaxed and happy I’ve felt while recording an album in my entire career. Many years have passed since I first expressed interest in doing a holiday recording. Here is a collection of holiday classics with that fresh â€œCLBâ€ feel, yet grounded with the sentimental feeling we all sense this time of year.â€ â€“ Claire Lynch