The Americana echoes that reverberate throughout Anna Lynch’s work highlight the innate honesty of her words as well as the tonal authenticity of her music. Drawing deeply upon her singer-songwriter roots and an expansive array of influences, she crafts an emotionally viable sound which trades in rural narratives and earnest heart-on-sleeve sentiment. Usually built around her persuasive voice and the twang of an acoustic guitar, her songs wander effortlessly through bucolic landscapes and possess an ever-shifting pastoral grace.
Born and raised in the small wine town of Sebastopol, California, she would eventually find her way to the outskirts of Portland, Oregon, where she would make a home for herself and her music. Her formative musical tastes were heavily influenced by her parents and their interest in the California Bay area folk scene and by time she spent in the Alaskan backcountry where she first gained a measure of recognition as a singer and bandleader. She would go on to release her self-titled debut record in 2013 to critical acclaim from various online and print outlets.
Lynch is currently readying a new 5-track EP called “Apples in the Fall” for release on Feb. 21 of next year via the Bonfire Recording Co. Veering between folk, roots rock and various strains of Americana, she delves deeply into the heart of her inspirations, finding new and unique ways to explore these familiar sounds and movements. The original recordings of her voice and guitar were engineered by Hawkins Wright of Three Sheets Recording in Portland, Oregon and additional mixing and mastering by Bonfire Recording Studios in Piedmont, SC and Brown Barn Studios near Asheville, NC.
On recent single and EP title track, “Apples in the Fall,” she paints a vivid portrait of wistful nostalgia and comfort – all backed by plaintive acoustic guitar, a bit of slide guitar and some shuffled percussion which recalls the country ache and rhythmic locomotion of Johnny Cash and Wille Nelson’s music in the ‘60s. There’s a convincing rural energy in her words and the way in which she allows them to roll over the strums and plucks of her guitar. Stripped bard but not simple, the track is an acoustic wonder, one that easily shakes the chambers of your heart and digs deep into the crevasses of your memories.
“’Apples in the Fall’ is very close to my heart,” Lynch explains. “Growing up in a small town sometimes all I could think about was getting out of there. Then, one Christmas I found myself back in my hometown of Sebastopol, California at my parent’s house, and this one just came out on the paper. I realized how much I really loved the place, its history, but also how much it had changed since I was a kid. It only took me 20 years to figure it out then write and record a song about it.”