Steeped in tradition, Lynch draws influence from the likes of Merle Haggard and George Strait on his latest album.
It opens with Starting Now – a fitting title for an opening track! We hear the story clearly and get a feel for the characters as Lynch begins in spoken word as a pedal steel softly meanders its way through the song underneath the vocals. Lynch’s vocals have an authentic twang to them, a clear tone, they smoothly tell the stories he’s so eloquently crafted.
His songwriting throughout draws upon the sensibilities that the genre was built upon. My Heart and Yours is a standout on the 12-track album. The duet ballad shows off his vocal range in the beginning as he swoops into his lower register. The lyrics are simple but to the point. Meanwhile, You Can’t Do This No More, the closing track leans upon the pedal steel once again as the vocal Melodie intertwine with the steel or guitar riffs.
Lynch’s ability to tell a story, to paint the picture of these characters in your mind is what sets him apart. The production and arrangement frames these tales perfectly too.