Claire Lynch and the Front Porch String Band

1997 International Bluegrass Music Association Female Vocalist of the Year Claire Lynch is one of bluegrass music’s biggest stars. After 22 years in the business, six albums, top industry awards, and increasing success as a songwriter, the Alabama native has arrived—resoundingly—on the bluegrass A-list.

In December 2000, the Front Porch String Band performed its last live show as an ensemble. Founding mandolinist Larry Lynch is pursuing a solo career, while multiple IBMA Award-winning bassist Missy Raines and guitarist Jim Hurst, who have also appeared together on Jubilee, are gaining recognition as one of bluegrass’ best emerging duos.

Claire Lynch has been staying busy, too, singing backup for Dolly Parton’s two recent bluegrass releases, The Grass Is Blue and Little Sparrow, and for Parton’s subsequent tours.

Though they may have parted ways, it’s clear that Claire and the other members of Front Porch will be a central part of the bluegrass scene for some time to come.

This artist appears in Jubilee #611: Claire Lynch and the Front Porch String Band.