“The Lord has been, so good to him
He helped him do, just what he wanted to do
He didn’t always know, but God always knew
The hearts he’d melt, by being on the radio
You know the souls he touched, from that DJ chair
He meant so much to people everywhere
Just a humble man, doing what he loved to do
And after 50 years, he’s gonna play his final tune”
–Richard Lynch, “Radio Friend”
When an artist like singer-songwriter Richard Lynch writes a song, you can bet it is inspired by true events, real people, family, faith and country. The Waynesville, OH country artist has released tributes to our military (“Love Tattoo” with Ronnie McDowell); his family (“Grandpappy,” “Daddy’s Guitar”); and his friend, Doug Supernaw (“Supernaw”). On January 28th, 2022, Richard Lynch will release “Radio Friend,” a never-before-released single, written as a tribute to two of Lynch’s pals.
Lynch explains, “We had a very good family friend that recently passed away. Ray “Chubby” Howard was a lifelong friend of my dad’s, and a member of the Steel Guitar Hall of Fame. Chubby played all over the world, and he was a great supporter of my music. When he became a DJ on a local station here in Ohio, he continued to promote my songs, and I’m eternally grateful. ‘Radio Friend’ is my way of saying ‘Thanks’ to Chubby. I was honored to have it played at his funeral.”
He continues, “The inspiration for writing the song actually came from another friend and DJ on Real Roots Radio, Gary Cohn. When Gary retired, he made the comment on his last show, ‘ if I don’t see you on the air, I will see you in the air.’ Anthony Williams and I penned this song as a tribute to Gary and all of the incredible DJs that have played my music over the years. You are all my ‘Radio Friends.”
“Radio Friend” is planned for inclusion on the next Richard Lynch album, due later this year. A video tribute featuring photos of Chubby Howard, Gary Cohn and Richard Lynch is available at https://youtu.be/uVyVxKQfVUY. Pre-sale starts on January 14th.
ABOUT RICHARD LYNCH: 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. Lynch is also the owner of Keepin’ It Country Farm in Waynesville, OH and co-founder of Love Tattoo Foundation that assists veterans.
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The lyrics explore the internal conflict and vulnerability of opening up to such a profound level of connection. The mention of “facing these feelings I fear to explore” and “exposing my weakness” speaks to the courage it takes to confront one’s own vulnerabilities and the fear of rejection or loss that often accompanies such openness. This vulnerability is juxtaposed with a longing for a connection that is “more than just friends, more than just lovers,” suggesting a desire for a deep, soulful bond that surpasses conventional relationship labels and experiences.
The repeated references to “searching,” “journey,” and “exploring the shadows” illustrate the internal and external quests for meaning, understanding, and connection in life. These themes resonate with the universal human experience of seeking something greater than ourselves, something that gives life depth and meaning beyond the surface level.
“More” also touches on the idea of loss and healing, with lines like “more than the bridges I burned as I crossed” and “more than the scars disguising my heart,” indicating a history of pain and the struggle to move beyond past hurts towards a more meaningful and fulfilling connection.
The song’s exploration of these themes invites listeners to reflect on their own lives, relationships, and inner desires. It challenges the notion of what love can be and encourages a deeper, more introspective look at how we connect with others and what we truly seek in those connections.
The emotional depth and lyrical complexity of “More” make it a poignant meditation on love, vulnerability, and the human condition’s eternal search for something greater than ourselves. It’s a call to explore the depths of our hearts and to dare to imagine and strive for a connection that transcends the ordinary.
In the realm of music, the song “More” is a delightful celebration of the quintessential elements of folk and Americana genres. It’s expertly adorned with the charming notes of an acoustic guitar, the rhythmic beats of drums, and the melodic tones of a piano, all coming together in a harmonious blend. The guitar is gently strummed, creating a soothing hum that is both comforting and inviting.
This musical symphony is further accentuated by the subtle touches of percussive elements that play in the background, providing an enchanting canvas for Abernathy’s vocals to shine. His voice is warm, intimate, and drenched in sincerity, perfectly capturing the essence of the song’s introspective nature.
“More” is a song that takes you on an emotional journey, evoking feelings of nostalgia and introspection. It’s a reflective piece that prompts a melancholic mood, bringing forth a sense of depth and thoughtfulness. However, despite its somber undertones, there’s an undeniable charm and cheerfulness to it, making it a joy to listen to. It’s a true testament to the beauty of folk and Americana music, a delightful auditory experience that’s sure to leave listeners feeling touched and moved.
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