Claire Lynch's Light Shines Bright

Linda Ronstadt is a fan of Claire Lynch's work; so are Dolly Parton, Ralph Stanley, Emmylou Harris, Pam Tillis and Patty Loveless. They've all invited Lynch to sing harmony on their projects, recorded songs she's written, and applauded her contemporary bluegrass style performances.

Through songs such as "I'm Movin'" and "Blue Water Holler" (RealAudio excerpt) the silvery-voiced singer pays lively tribute to her bluegrass identity, while also handling modern acoustic folk ideas with insight, as on her ballad "These Flowers." There is also a powerful take on Pierce Pettis' enigmatic "Missionary Ridge."

"He Don't Like to Talk About It" finds Lynch investigating the man–woman thing with a touch of humor; the theme is further pursued, to a swing-music beat, in "Stranger Things Have Happened."

Lynch wrote seven of the CD's 12 tracks, showing her growing insight as a writer as well as interpreter, and she's faithfully backed by her lively road ensemble — the Front Porch String band of Larry Lynch, Missy Raines and Jim Hurst — and aided by guests, including Alison Brown and Keith Little.