“Music can actually act as a bridge between a complete different upbringing or a whole complete difference mindset of people.” Richard Lynch
The opportunity for entrepreneurs to use their abilities and talents to build a business that gives back to the society is phenomenal. This was a chance of a life time for our guest today, Richard Lynch, who was able to build a foundation through his talent of writing and singing country music, thus expressing his love and passion for country and veterans.
Upholding the traditions set forth by artists like Haggard, Strait, Jackson, Jennings and other legends, Richard Lynch has been flying the flag for this brand of country music for the past 30+ years. Residing in Waynesville, OH, Lynch not only sings about country music, he lives it. As the owner of Keepin’ It Country Farm with his wife, Donna, Richard knows the meaning of a day’s hard work.
As the co-founder of the Love Tattoo Foundation, which assists with veteran programs, Lynch understands the sacrifices of our service men and women and the importance of giving back to your community. In fact, his farm plays host to fundraising benefits for the organization featuring some of the biggest names in traditional country music. Richard also cherishes his love and respect for God, family, and his fellow hard-working Americans. The words of his songs speak to his values, values that his fans and lovers of country music everywhere hold dear.
Over the past 3 decades, Richard Lynch has compiled a long list of country hits and chart-toppers on both domestic and international sales and radio airplay charts, including two #1 iTunes chart singles, multiple #1 New Music Weekly radio songs, #1 IndieWorld and Roots Music Report chart tracks and a Christian Music Weekly Top 20 single. Richard has been in Billboard Magazine, Taste Of Country, The Boot, CCM Magazine, Country Music People, and countless others. He has also appeared on WSM Radio Nashville, RFD TV, Fox TV and more. He has recorded popular duets with legendary artists like Ronnie McDowell and Leona Williams, as well as Grammy Winner, Rhonda Vincent. Richard Lynch is a proud member of the Ohio Country Music Hall of Fame and the Independent Country Music Hall of Fame.
On February 12th, 2021, Richard Lynch released his brand new album, “My Guitar Drips Country” featuring 12 songs written or co-written by Richard, including his touching tribute to the late Doug Supernaw.
In today’s episode, Richard will talk about his love for country music and living, and the motivation to start the Love Tattoo Foundation that caters for veterans.
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- I was born into country music and my dad was an incredible singer entertainer. [3:11]
- At the ripe old age of eight years old, I got to watch my dad perform for the first time with this guy that we watched on television every Saturday night. [4:03]
- He called me to perform with him on stage where I did an old buck on the song ‘I’ve got a tiger by the tail’ and I was bit right then and there by the Country Music bug. [4:29]
- I want to make sure that everybody felt comfortable because the music is one thing, but when you make that connection with people, it doesn’t matter what you do. [6:04]
- Country music can be relevant for all forms of life and if I wrote it from the heart, and it connects with that person, I have fulfilled what I need to be doing. [7:17]
- Sometimes I’ll write a song with a thought or a direction in mind, and someone will come to me with a completely different take on how I wrote it, but it fits their life completely. [10:00]
- The older I get, the more I realize we’re all in this old world together and we are never all going to totally agree, but there’s a whole lot more room for agreeing and disagreeing. [10:12]
- Music can actually act as a bridge between a complete different upbringing or a whole complete difference mindset of people. [10:26]
- I love the music but I also love my country upbringing. [11:32]
- I learned to accept life as it comes especially when we had the COVID-19 which restricted our music so much. [12:19]
- I missed and the camaraderie with people but on the other hand, it gave me an opportunity to really dive in and write some good music. [12:34]
- A lot of times I realize that you make your life by your own decisions and hopefully you make the right decision. [13:19]
- I am thankful that I’m fortunate enough to be in a situation where I can do what I want and make a living with what I want. [13:39]
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- The love tattoo Foundation was started by me and my wife, and we both have a huge appreciation and admiration for men and women who have served our country. [15:26]
- I was sent a poem from a gentleman who really liked my music and I was absolutely blown away and we came up with the song from the poem. [15:39]
- We decided right then and there that if there was a nickel or a million dollars to be made off of this particular song, we’re going to give it all to a foundation. [16:46]
- We found this place in northern Michigan called the whirlwind Lodge which is a place for these folks to get away. [16:54]
- We want to make all the awareness we can for our guys and girls who serve our country to where there is help. [17:22]
- Surround yourself with people that believe in you because you can waste an awful lot of time with people that don’t necessarily want to see you succeed. [20:12]
- If you surround yourself with people that believe in you and genuinely want you to have a successful career, it’s amazing how fast you’ll get there. [20:26]
- Keep it country. [22:13]
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