River Lynch (solo)
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River Lynch (solo)

Rochester, New York, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2013 | SELF

Rochester, New York, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2013
Solo Americana Acoustic




"River Lynch’s “All This Time” Named October “Best Song Of The Month”"

River Lynch, a rock/pop singer/songwriter based in Rochester, NY, has won the SongwriterUniverse “Best Song Of The Month” Contest for October, for his song “All This Time.” This song is included on his debut EP There Goes The Heart, which he released independently in April (2016). Lynch now fronts his group, River Lynch & The Spiritmakers, which consists of Lynch on guitar & vocals, Schuyler Skuse on bass and Tim Leverett on drums.

“All This Time” is a rollicking, high energy cut which is in the musical vein of bands like Mumford & Sons and the Lumineers. The music arrangement features multiple guitar tracks, strong lead vocals by Lynch, and a propulsive, full-band sound. This recording was expertly produced by Lynch and Doug Zogby at GFI Studio in Rochester, which is owned by Tony Gross. On this cut, Zogby also played guitar and contributed backing vocals.

Lynch grew up in upstate New York, where he learned to play guitar at age 12 and started writing songs when he was 17. He was inspired by listening to classic rock artists such as Bob Dylan, The Doors and Tom Petty, and more recently to Gary Clark Jr. and Ryan Bingham. During high school, he played in a rock band and was the lead singer.

After high school, Lynch seriously began focusing on music. “I started to work on my skill level—singing, guitar playing and songwriting,” he said. “I would play solo gigs, mostly around Rochester, Syracuse and Baltimore.”

It was in 2014 that Lynch wrote “All This Time,” which has a lyric story about the end of a relationship. “This song is partially about a breakup I had,” explained Lynch. “In the song, she (bluntly) says ‘All this time with you meant nothing to me’.” Lynch was able to write this song quickly, coming up with the chord structure, lyrics and melody on the same day.

Lynch then recorded “All This Time” plus three more songs for his EP, There Goes The Heart. Some of the songs have received airplay on local stations, WBER and WAYO. The first single from the EP was “Don’t You Bother,” for which he filmed a video. Lynch is currently working on a video for “All This Time.”

Lynch is continuing to promote his EP, and he’s looking forward to playing live shows with his band, The Spiritmakers. “I’m really happy to have Schuyler (Skuse) and Tim (Leverett) playing with me,” he said. “We have a full set of original music. We’re hoping to set up a Northeast tour, playing more cities outside of Rochester.” - Dale Kawashima at Songwriter Universe


Trip Through Tomorrow (single) (2019) 
This World Now (single) (2019)
Outside The Sun (single) (2018)
Straight Through (single) (2017)
There Goes The Heart EP (2016)



For the past three years, River Lynch has been recording and performing with his band River Lynch and The Spiritmakers.  While his bandmates continue work on their studio recordings, River has set out again to showcase his songwriting with a tour full of solo-acoustic performances.  Growing up with influences like Dylan, Neil Young, and Tom Petty, River's songs are crafted with lyrical substance and vibrant melodies.  For him, it's all about the songs.  "The only thing that really matters, is how the song makes me feel", River states.

 The mood of his solo performances can change drastically from song to song.  Introspective and soft one moment, joyous and rowdy the next.  Connecting with audiences on all different levels.  Never straying too far from his bluesy rock and roll roots, River seamlessly incorporates folk and Americana into his sound.

 River has performed all across the east coast and Canada with notable performances at Musik Fest (PA), Rochester Lilac Festival (NY), Indie Fest (Toronto CA), and the Dome Arena (NY).  He has had the pleasure to open for Jesse Dayton, the Legendary Shack Shakers, Rusted Root, Carbon Leaf, The Blue Stones, Starship, and Three Dog Night.  Songwriteruniverse.com named River's song 'All This Time', "Song Of The Month".  His solo-acoustic EP is set to be released in late summer of 2019, with a tour of the east coast to follow.  " I hope that my songs add some kind of value to the listener's life, just like so many artists have added value to mine" states River.

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