09.30.18 San Lorenzo Library Music Series
Loretta Lynch believes in having the right regrets.
With lush three-part harmonies, raucous surf-tinged guitar and tongue in cheek, the East Bay Area’s own alt-country outfit Loretta Lynch’s stirring songs reach the shady grove in all of us. A little tear in your beer, a little knife in the back - think the Wailin’ Jennies’ crankier cousins at a warehouse hoedown. It’s Americana Noir.
Loretta has blazed trails, having played San Francisco's acclaimed Great American Music Hall and Slim’s nightclubs, the historic Freight and Salvage Coffeehouse, live radio performances (including twice on NPR’s nationally syndicated West Coast Live), multiple appearances at England's famed Glastonbury Music Festival, and performances on the second stages at the Sleep Train Pavilion and Shoreline Amphitheatre opening for Alabama. Loretta Lynch appeared on NPR's 'Marketplace' website as one of the "Great Pop Music Artists of Today", and has lassoed a devoted and steadily growing local fan base.
“Home Fires”, the band’s latest, critically acclaimed album, explores the decay of domestic life: loss and regret, bitterness and ambiguity, earthy humor, sweetness and occasional spasms of optimism.
Let this city quintet with the country heart break yours into tiny jagged pieces and lift it up again with the ease of a shot glass. It’s a little bit front stoop, a little bit backwoods, it’s the art motel on a long stretch of highway…it’s Loretta Lynch!
Loretta Lynch is:
Heather Davison - vocals, washboard, percussion, accordion
Val Esway - vocals, guitar, bass
Ari Fellows-Mannion - vocals, guitar, bass, mandolin
Dan Olmsted - electric and acoustic lead guitars
Nathan Moy - drums
"Loretta Lynch plays the sort of California country-lover's country that has no past, as if it rolled in on a wave one day and set up shop. Buttery vocal harmonies and wary rhythms convey timeless tales about heartbreak, coming home, and growing old that still manage to sound utterly modern." - Nate Seltenrich, East Bay Express
"It's music that makes me want to laugh and cry and dance and think all at once! It's a wily celebration of left coast feminine moxy!" – Jim White
"... Grab a copy of Loretta Lynch’s new album “Concrete and Ether”... as much vino and tequila as you can carry ... Let the music of Loretta Lynch whirl you into a frenzy, dance around the living room in full view of the neighbours, and exorcise those demons."
- Americana UK
"Of the hundreds of acts that have graced my stages, from Epic Arts Studios
to the "How Berkeley!?" Festival to the Outdoor Cinema, nobody does it
sweeter than the gals of Loretta Lynch. Beloved by fans and bartenders
alike, these urban cowgirls can lasso me in with their mesmerizing harmonies
and catchy songwriting anytime!" - Justin Katz (Program Director, Epic Arts/Producer, PARADOX media, Goldenvoice)
"Above the fiery mountains and the stormy clouds. Above the noisy sidewalk.
Harmony is kept by three humming birds. Know them as Loretta Lynch." - Jesse DeNatale
"... Heart-melting three-part harmonies ... mandolin-plucky bluegrass, soulful murder ballads, and lush singer-songwriter folk." - SF Weekly
"Loretta Lynch's sweet facade -- gorgeous vocal harmonies,
seemingly-pleasant melodies, exceptional musicianship -- masks their
richly nuanced dark underside of regret, loss, murder, revenge, and bad
drunken decisions made in late-night bars. That they do it with such
beauty (and the odd smack of a really barbed sense of humor and a
toe-tappin' tune that's difficult to dislodge from one's head) marks them
as being in a class with very very few acoustic musicians. And if only
more lyricists had their way with language..." - Greg Scharpen, KALX radio
"The three-part cowgirl harmonies of Loretta Lynch conjure up campfires on the prairie & broken-in saddles...soulful & twangy..." - The North Bay Bohemian
"Harmonies that make your head buzz. Charisma enough to win over the attentive and the unruly alike. With a brew that's one part sweet southern comfort and one part feminist badassery, Loretta Lynch is the sexiest band this side of the Mississippi." - Noe Venable