“No One Told Me How Important It Would Be To Have A Partner/Spouse Who Believes In Me And My Music Unconditionally”
Words of Wisdom with Award-Winning Country Artist Richard Lynch
I had the pleasure of interviewing multiple award-winning country artist Richard Lynch and founder of The Love Tattoo Foundation.
What is your “backstory”?
My greatest inspiration was my Dad Woody, who was a terrific country singer who came from very humble beginnings in Eastern KY, Woody played music all over the southwest Ohio area and I grew up hearing the real traditional country music on the radio and through my Dad’s performances. I aspired to be a country music performer from watching Dad and from the love of all that country music is about. I grew up on a farm living the life my Dad sang about. 40 years later I continue to share my love of country music from the barn on our own farm, and venues all over the country. My greatest satisfaction beyond performing is the ability to use my music to benefit others. From supporting our veterans, cancer benefits, and even benefits to save old barns, I am proud to use my talents for amazing causes.
Can you share the funniest or most interesting story that occurred to you in the course of your career?
One of the most interesting stories is how at 8 years old my Dad brought me up on stage at an outdoor festival he was performing with Porter Wagoner on. For some reason I chose to sing I Got a Tiger By The Tail. The country music bug sure bit me that night.
How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world? Are you working on any meaningful non profit projects?
Well, I am very proud to be a Founder of The Love Tattoo Foundation. Recently I recorded the song I co-wrote, Love Tattoo with Ronnie McDowell. All proceeds from that track are donated to Veteran’s causes. Most recently we have given our support to The WilWin Lodge in Custer, MI. WilWin is an amazing place of respite for our Veterans. I am truly proud to support them through music sales and concerts.
Wow! Can you tell me a story about a person who was impacted by your cause?
Oh I know there have been many Veterans who have been able to use the WilWin facilities. I think the hard part is when a Veteran approaches me and says, thank you. My response is always the same, NO THANK YOU !! What we do seems so small in comparison to their sacrifices.
What are your “5 things I wish someone told me when I first started” and why. Please share a story or example for each.
- How important it would be to have my own recordings to share/sell. I had always performed live and typically did the most popular and requested cover songs because back years ago, I primarily played the bar circuit. I know Now how important it is to have my own music and to create my own brand.
- I wish I had realized my love of song writing and that I had focused more on it years ago. I have found it to be very rewarding and again helps create my identity.
- How difficult it can be to find musicians band members who have the same ambition, vision and focus to reach the next level of professionalism
- How important it would be to hitch my wagon to perform and record with folks in the music industry such as David Frizzell, Billy Yates, Ronnie McDowell and Rhonda Vincent who have raised my level of performing
- No one told me how important it would be to have a partner/spouse who believes in me and my music unconditionally, which I have now and makes all the difference in being successful.
Is there a person in the world, or in the US whom you would love to have a private breakfast or lunch with, and why? He or she might see this, or I might be able to introduce you.
George Strait, because his music and style are similar to mine and his lifestyle also. He ranches and lives a country life and is just a good ole country boy.