This week's Art Talk Monday is by John Emory, Jr., President of the Dixie Center for the Arts. Get your tickets now for a great show this week! Music diversity has been our goal at the Dixie Center for the Arts as we present of artists who represent the best in their chosen genre. We’re delighted to bring to Ruston Claire Lynch and the Claire Lynch Band on Thursday, March 14. The 7pm concert is a must see for the bluegrass fan as well as anyone who enjoys good music.
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, as well as two GRAMMY nominations. Most recently, Lynch was awarded one of the 50 USA Fellowships from United States Artists (USA). With only seven awards going to musicians this year, the 2012 USA Fellows represent the most innovative and influential artists in their fields - including cutting-edge thinkers and traditional practitioners from the fields of architecture and design, crafts and traditional arts, dance, literature, media, music, theater arts, and visual arts.
For over two decades, Lynch has delighted audiences and enjoyed reverent standing ovations for her shows at prestigious music festivals and theaters around the world. She has crafted one of the most instantly identifiable sounds in acoustic music, encompassing classic bluegrass and thoughtful infusions of contemporary folk, country, rock, and swing. As a songwriter of inventive and evocative Music Row hits, her songs have been recorded by Kathy Mattea, Patty Loveless, and others, and she has performed as a backing/harmony vocalist with Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt, Emmylou Harris, and Pam Tillis -- just to name a few.
By any measure, the Claire Lynch Band is high on the bluegrass world's A-List, with musicians whose accolades include “The MerleFest Doc Watson Guitar Champion” (Matt Wingate); two IBMA Bass Player of the Year awards (Mark Schatz) and an unprecedented triple first-place win at the Winfield Kansas National Flatpicking Championship on guitar, fiddle and mandolin (Bryan McDowell).
Lynch will be previewing new songs from a forthcoming album during the Dixie concert . Tickets for the event are available by calling the box office at 255-1450. You may leave your name and phone number to reserve tickets. We want to thank GAP Farms Travel Center and Port-Au-Prince for supporting the arts as corporate sponsors.