Over The Weekend
James Patrick Lynch
| Two lessons my father
taught me: Never gamble with your own money or other people's opinions.
Saturday at the Tralf, I has to agree with the friends, relatives and fans of Buffalo's James Patrick Lynch (who now calls Nashville home) that the country singer/songwriter may indeed be the next Western New Yorker to make it nationally.
At first glance, he may look like just another country outlaw in a black hat and leather vest, but listen to his Willie Nelson inspired ballads and you know he's the real deal.
Lynch has spent the last ten years trying to be an overnight success. A condition that might have encouraged him to choose Waylon Jenning's "I Don't Think Hank Did It This Way," as his opening selection. The song describes the hardship od being a cowboy singer on the road.
| Merle Haggard's
"Rambling Fever," Willie Nelson's "Angel Fly Too Close To
the Ground" and the original "Big Bar Tag" juiced up the
However, it was Lynch's acoustic set of originals delivered sitting delivered sitting on a stool that demonstrated his real strength, personal songs delivered with sincerity and emotion.
"Maggie and Danny," a song about Irish immigrants and American conscription, packed a wallop, while the music from "The Perfect Life," his six song demo CD -- everyone got one -- was polished, varied and winsome.
I wouldn't bet my own money on Lynch's success but I'm not giving his CD away. I like the music too much. Opening act Dee Dee Tompkins and Dough Yeomans were excellent.
Excerpts form the Buffalo News
A bonus was the opening act, a short but entertaining set from James Patrick Lynch. Lynch, who writes his own songs, is a good-natured singing cowboy form the Town of Tonawanda who wears a big hat and spurs on stage. His closing song, "American Smile," the story of a working man who loves his country but doesn't like paying taxes, seemed to strike a responsive note.
James Patrick Lynch,
a singer-songwriter from Tonawanda who has a growing following in the
Buffalo area, opened the show with a half-hour of his own songs.
Playing solo with an acoustic guitar, Lynch really hit his stride with
the hard-driving "Runaway Train," about a fellow who rolls blindly
through life until meeting the right woman.
James Patrick Lynch
-Wild Mustang at Heart
His logo is a wild horse, rearing on his hind legs, mane flying, ready to run. It couldn't be more fitting. Nobody will ever describe him as tame, and as for subtle, forget it entirely! James Patrick Lynch has all the subtlety of his hard-driving "Runaway Train", one of his own songs about a man who steam rolls haphazardly through life until he meets the right woman.
The singer and songwriter from Tonawanda has an ever-growing and loyal following. Many of the faithful (discernible by their Lynch shirts) were out to enjoy him on a recent Sunday night at the Scotch and Sirloin in Amherst. It was a relatively noisy crowd and he has to compete with the World Series, but he had no trouble being heard and clearly commanded the crowd's attention, final game or not. He has a powerful voice and works his audience well.
He dresses in black and seems to see the world in black and white - no muted shades of gray in him, or as he sings in John Prine's amusing "Dear Abby", "you are what you are and you ain't what you ain't". His solution to the problem of maintaining a sensitive and loving relationship is a "Willing Woman And A Ready Man". In his upbeat "Weekend Good Ole Boys" we hear his formula for a great weekend; Friday is a romance night, Saturday a barroom fight, Sunday, waiting for the fish to bite. This philosophy will never make the pages of New Woman and I'm not sure I want to admit it, but he makes it all sound like great fun. I mean he is definitely an outlaw and while you can be sure Yours Truly would not consider for a second asking him to remove his black hat, you can be just as sure there is not a mean bone in his body. He pays tribute to his outlaw heroes, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings and Merle Haggard in "I Just Can't Drive Without The Outlaws". He credits these stars with being inspirations when it come to song writing. You can sense their influence in "Lord, I Hate Hate Keepin' Up With The Joneses", wherein he lightheartedly laments about white collar suburban residents who "like to walk their dogs across their little chunks of land".
His songs about a lost love, "Two Ole Lonesome Quarters", is well known locally as it is also done by the J.C. Thompson Band and dance floors fill when it is played. It's hard to imagine a love song called "Don't You Dare", but the emotional ballad to his wife, Rita, works probably because of the forcefulness of its feeling.
Lynch generally performs solo with acoustic guitar at local clubs but he has also opened for such stars as Dwight Yoakam, Kathy Mattea, the Kentucky Headhunters, Johnny Paycheck, Marty Stuart, the Forester Sisters, Neil McCoy and the outlaw's Outlaw, Willie Nelson.
He particularly enjoys working with the talent here in Western New York, among the Doug Yeomans and John Dieckman who played on his last demo tape. He looks forward to using their studio talents in the future.
James Patrick's ultimate goal is to record with a major label, play large halls and go on tour. What's a little distance to a mustang? Naturally he won't "drive without the outlaws".
Tootsies Orchid Lounge
Located right next
to the historic Ryman Auditorium in downtown Nashville. Tootsies
is the place where country music fans come to see where it all began.
The entertainers that perform here are all part of our "world famous"
Tilly and Lucy's
Being off the beaten
path from Nashville, Tilley's has a mixed crowd of regular customers and
country music fans that come to have a drink at the place where Capital
recording artist Trace Adtkins was discovered.
Robert's Western World
Home to Arista recording
artists BR-549 and host to TNN's stone country TV show. Roberts
is a hot spot for visitors to Nashville.
Dear Ms. Tong:
I am the PResident and CEO of Ed Smith Productions Ltd., a company that produces over 200 concerts a year in three major entertainment venues.
My companies operate Melody Fair Theatre and the Marqee at the Tralf niteclub in Buffalo and the Starlite Music Theatre in Albany, New York.
In my eight years in the entertainment, I have produced numerous artists concerts from all segments of the entertainment industry. In this capacity, I have had the pleasure of booking new artists who are trying to make their mark in our prestigious industry.
As a strong supporter of local talent, I have seen a lot of good upcoming artists who just need a break.
Of all the artists I have booked and seen in Western New YOrk, there are only a few who I felt could go to that next stop.
It is my professional opinion that James Patrick Lynch has the talent to become a successful songwriter and artist in Nashville. I have had James open for numerous major artists throughout the years, he leaves these audiences wanting more.
I highly recommend that if you want to hear and experience an upcoming artist, use James Patrick Lynch on your next show.
If you have any questions, contact me at ***-***-****.
Ed Smith, President
In The Round, Ltd.
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To whom it may concern:
For the past eleven years i have been employed as a country music disc-jockey here at WYRK-FM. I have had the pleasure of working with every country music star you can think of. I've also had the pleasure of working with one of the most talented singer/songwriters that I have ever seen: JAMES PATRICK LYNCH. Over the years, I've come to know Jim and his music. I've watched him open shows for Dwight Yoakam, Kathy Mattea, Marty Stuart and the Kentucky Headhunters, just to name a few. Every single time, Jim was able to work the crowd into a frenzy with his captivating personality and entertaining musical style. His gift is truly unique. He's both a magnetic entertainer and polished songwriter. I can easily see Garth Brooks or Alan Jackson recording a James Patrick Lynch tune and scoring a number one hit. It's just a matter of time for talent of this magnitude to be recognized. All he needs is one good shot and James Patrick Lynch will take care of the rest.
John La Mond
Afternoon Personality/Wyrk Radio