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When you think of Alaska, you may think of
isolation, of cold frozen mountainscapes or
landscapes so large that humans are easily lost
in their scope. But Alaska’s really more of an
incubator, a network of fiercely independent
communities that look inward to find strength
and inspiration. That’s what songwriter and
American roots musician Anna Lynch... more

When you think of Alaska, you may think of
isolation, of cold frozen mountainscapes or
landscapes so large that humans are easily lost
in their scope. But Alaska’s really more of an
incubator, a network of fiercely independent
communities that look inward to find strength
and inspiration. That’s what songwriter and
American roots musician Anna Lynch found
coming from Berkeley, California to the Last
Frontier when she was a kid on frequent family
visits. Now living in Anchorage, she’s a fulltime
Alaskan, and a bold new discovery for
anyone outside the state. When you first hear
her songs (start with “Railroad Man” or “Gone
and Back”), you’ll wonder how she could have
gotten to be such a powerful songwriter at such
a young age (she’s only been writing songs for
a few years). “I never knew how or when, but I
always wanted to do music,” Anna says. “Going
to Alaska popped the can on a whole world of
roots music, I think because up here it’s easy to
relate. Simple living is what happens here, and
people like music their lives can relate to.”
Anna Lynch’s self-titled debut dropped in late
2013, but we’re putting it out again because it
deserves a much wider release. Anna wrote all
the songs on the album, except the traditional
song Pretty Saro (a powerful old-timey rendition
that closes the album), and she’s joined
here by some of the best young bluegrass pickers, like Dusty Rider of The Railsplitters, but
the core is Anna Lynch’s Anchorage trio: Anna plus lead guitarist Peter Hamre and upright bassist Garren Volper, with the special addition of Amanda Kerr on fiddle. All longtime friends (and actually roommates), there’s a strong synergy between them that goes a long way towards explaining how they all sound so polished on this debut album. These days so many artists put out albums that we tend to forget how much time and craft goes into making music this good. It’s a risk to put anything out, let alone a debut album that sounds this effortless and assured. But that kind of risk is exactly what Anna Lynch loves. “I think the most inspiring thing has been the Alaska approach to everything, “ she says. “If you want to do something, do it. It’s a place where not everything has been done before, if you want something done, just go out and make it happen. Jumping off that cliff is just called adventure.”Anna Lynch’s songs have a craft to them that’s rare, even in a world swamped with roots songwriters. This is pitch-perfect country songwriting,built over a bed of Alaskan bluegrass. Songs about two-timing men, tough relationshipsand hard-won victories, and they’re built with the kind of cut-to-the-bone turns of phrases that only the best country songwriters can pull off. So if you’re wondering where Anna Lynch came from, the answer is that she’s been nurtured by Alaska’s roots music communities, supported by some of the best musicians in the state and acknowledged as one of Alaska’s brightest new lights.

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