Claire Lynch to Compass

Compass Records has announced that Claire Lynch has signed a multi-album with the label, continuing their push to add more bluegrass-related acts to the roster. Other recent signees include The Gibson Brothers, Dale Ann Bradley, Larry Stephenson and Special Consensus.

Claire and her talented band will be heading into the Compass studio in Nashville this Fall, with plans for an early 2013 release for the new project. With her will be Bryan McDowell on mandolin, Matt Wingate on guitar, and Mark Schatz on bass. A number of special guest appearances are anticipated as well.

She shared her appreciation and respect for Compass, and its founders, Alison Brown and Garry West.

“I met Garry West on his first day in Nashville, many moons ago when we’d both been called to rehearsal for a Patty Loveless TV show taping. I’ve been lucky enough to know Alison Brown for almost as long – she’s graced many of my recordings with her astonishing banjo-playing. Since early on, I’ve watched my two friends’ amazing journey as they’ve moved Compass Records to the forefront of acoustic-friendly labels.

Out on the street, their company is perceived as ‘of the artists, by the artists and for the artists.’ Here’s the proof – just look at their impressive catalog!

I’m delighted to be added to the illustrious roster at Compass. Let the creativity begin!”

We’ll be sure to report anything else we can learn about Claire’s next record.

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John Lawless

John had served as primary author and editor for The Bluegrass Blog from its launch in 2006 until being folded into Bluegrass Today in September of 2011. He continues in that capacity here, managing a strong team of columnists and correspondents.

  • Darren Sullivan-Koch

    This is a tremendous signing…Claire is an absolute treasure, a hard-working artist who is innovative and refreshing while still keeping one foot in the tradition. Why she’s not a huge star is beyond me. Well done, Compass!