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Founding member of The Dixie Chicks and well-regarded bass player Laura Lynch has died in a car accident in Texas. Lynch founded The Dixie Chicks with multi-instrumentalist sisters Martie and Emily Erwin, and guitarist Robin Lynn Macy in 1989 as a bluegrass and traditional country band. She was 65 years old.
Lynch was also a lead vocalist in The Dixie Chicks, and co-wrote multiple songs for the band, including “I’m Falling Again” and “Pink Toenails.” Lynch appears on the band’s first three albums, Thank Heavens for Dale Evans (1990), Little Ol’ Cowgirl (1992), and Shouldn’t a Told You That (1993). She left the band in 1995 as the group began pursuing a more contemporary sound with new member Natalie Maines.
According to the Texas Dept. of Public Safety, Laura Lynch was killed in a head on collision on Friday, December 22nd near Dell City, TX, just east of El Paso. Lynch was heading east on Highway 62 when another vehicle heading westbound was trying to pass another vehicle on the two-lane highway. The westbound vehicle did not clear the lane in time, hitting the car of Lynch. She was pronounced dead on the scene.
The other driver was transported to the hospital with non life-threatening injuries. The accident is currently under investigation.
Though many know of The Dixie Chicks through their commercial era, the band started out playing bluegrass behind fiddle competition champions Martie and Emily Erwin, as well as covering traditional country standards. They were named after the album Dixie Chicken by Little Feat’s Lowell George. At the beginning, all four women sang, but Laura Lynch primarily sang lead vocals with Robin Lynn Macy. When Macy left in 1992, Laura Lynch took over most lead vocal duties.
Lynch left the band as they began pursuing a more commercial direction heading into their Monument Records debut Wide Open Spaces in 1998. Natalie Maines ultimately replaced Lynch in the lead vocal spot after her father, steel guitarist Lloyd Maines, suggested her to the band. Lloyd Maines had played on the band’s albums in the past. The Dixie Chicks officially changed their name to “The Chicks” in 2020.
Laura Lynch is survived by her husband Mac Tull, and their daughter.
The Chicks Released a statement upon Laura Lynch’s death, saying,
“We are shocked and saddened to learn of the passing of Laura Lynch, a founding member of The Chicks. We hold a special place in our hearts for the time we spent playing music, laughing and traveling together. Laura was a bright light…her infectious energy and humor gave a spark to the early days of our band. Laura had a gift for design, a love of all things Texas and was instrumental in the early success of the band. Her undeniable talents helped propel us beyond busking on street corners to stages all across Texas and the mid-West. Our thoughts are with her family and loved ones at this sad time.”