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Richard Lynch - "Back In 1953"

The W.A M. Awards celebrate the year’s most outstanding independent artists from around the world in multiple genres and categories. "Best Song" and "Best Album" nominations were based on Artistry, Musicianship, Originality, Professionalism, Diversity, and Excellence. W.A.M. stands for "We Are the Music Makers.' Richard Lynch's album "Think I'll Carry On" was the 2020 W.A.M. Award Winner for Best Album in the Country music category.

“Back in 1953” manages to capture nostalgia in a bottle with heartfelt vocals and thoughtful arranging. The drums are mixed very well; they have a way of fitting into the rest of the song effortlessly. Thick and punchy, the tight playing gives the rest of the instruments the leeway the song needs to flow well. The guitars are absolutely gorgeous, in both playing and tone. Warm and inviting the guitars provide nice harmonic interest, in particular the slide guitar. They somehow manage to invoke a feeling of sitting around a country table surrounded by friends and family. The piano, although never in the forefront performs its role adding backup to the band perfectly. Lynch’s vocals are full of his characteristic charisma and heartfelt emotion. It’s not a stretch to claim that his performance is what really gives this song the heart and soul that it has.

The arranging is especially stellar, a trademark of the songs Richard puts his hands on. From the strings in the pre chorus to the slide guitar riffs in the chorus there is never a dull moment in the song. The lead guitar line is extremely catchy, and whenever it makes an appearance you will already be waiting for its next iteration.

The chorus is inviting and bursting to the seams with the necessary energy to make the sure the song is always driving forward. Towards the middle of the song there is a beautiful slide guitar solo that is masterfully played. Simple but straight to the point, there is not a single note out of place, and is a pleasure to listen to. This leads into the last outro, which serves as a cathartic end to a stellar song.

The inspiration for this song comes from the country lifestyle that Richard Lynch and his fans are so familiar with. With a deep love for his past and his country, Lynch captures that feeling perfectly in this song. “I hope they’re good enough, like my Daddy was, back in 1953” is just one example of the superb lyric writing that takes this song to new heights. With an amazing performance from Richard Lynch and a production that is top notch, “Back in 1953” is one of the best country songs to come out in some time.

For more information on Richard Lynch, please visit his website.


About Richard Lynch

Richard Lynch is a Waynesville, Ohio-based country music artist, who has compiled a long list of country hits and chart toppers in the world of traditional country music. His single, "A Better Place" topped the New Music Weekly AM/FM country chart, the IndieWorld Country Record Report, and spent an incredible 32 weeks atop the Roots Music Report True Country chart.

His next 4 singles also topped the country airplay charts, including a duet with Grammy Award Winner, Rhonda Vincent. Richard's single, "Country Music Isn't Country Anymore" went Top 25 on the iTunes Canada sales chart. His single, "Pray on the Radio" received Christian radio airplay and charting, also reaching the US iTunes Single Sales chart.

Lynch has appeared on WSM Radio Nashville, RFD TV, Fox TV, and countless other media outlets. Richard is a member of the Ohio Country Music Hall of Fame, The Independent Country Music Hall of Fame, and he is a Billboard Magazine Emerging Artist. He is also the host of "Traditionally Lynch," airing on TV and radio, and he's the founder of the Love Tattoo Foundation for veterans.


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