By Scott Halasz
XENIA — To say Richard Lynch has had a whirlwind week would be quite the understatement.
The Waynesville-based country singer, who will headline Saturday’s entertainment at the 46th Old Timer’s Days in Xenia, spent last Thursday in Nashville recording with a duet partner, was in Washington Court House performing Friday, took off to Iowa for a Saturday concert, and was back in Nashville Sunday and Monday before coming back to the area.
Needless to say, he’s happy to be back in the area and even happier to be back at Old Timer’s Days.
“I love coming home,” he said Wednesday. “For me to come up off a stage and see people I recognize and haven’t seen in a year or two, to shake their hand and hug their neck, get to connect with people, I absolutely love that. When we get to play around our area, Greene, Warren, Clinton, Montgomery county area, it’s becoming more of an event these days. It’s great to see folks that we haven’t seen in a while.”
Lynch and his band will continue to put miles on the tour bus as they head to the Georgia State Fair the beginning of October before coming back to do a couple of local shows with a trip to Beattyville, Ky., sandwiched between.
“It’s just been that way all summer,” he said.
But he’s not complaining. The 53-year-old has been playing music since he was 15 and knows how to juggle all the moving parts that come with fame. And he knows how to record an album or two as well. The title track of his current album, “A Better Place,” has spent 25 weeks at No. 1 on the Roots Music Report’s top 50 Country Song Chart. The longest run prior to Lynch’s was 11 weeks.
“We’re just amazed, like wow,” he said. “This tells me people want to hear some real country music here.”
The album features a diverse songlist with hard-driving country, honkytonk, foot-stomping music, heart-felt ballads and some western swing as well.
“I wanted the album to show all the different influences I’ve had over my musical career,” he said.
It was produced by Billy Yates, who has written songs for George Jones, George Strait, Kenny Chesney, John Michael Montgomery and The Oak Ridge Boys. Yates wrote about half the songs on Lynch’s album as well.
“We’ve taken so much pride in this particular album,” Lynch said. It was the Academy of Western Artists’ Pure Country Album of the Year as well as the Josie Music Award’s Traditional/Classic Country’s Album of the Year.
Lynch performs 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24.
But there’s plenty more at the Old Timer’s Days.
At the fairgrounds since 1989, the event is more than just threshing. Attendees can see farm equipment in operation, shop in the flea market or feast on some yummy food. Opening ceremonies are 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22 and conclude with the golf cart parade 8 p.m. Highlights for Friday, Sept. 23 include a tractor drive to Frisch’s 7:30 a.m., a threshing demo 1 p.m., Tony Hale & Blackwater 5 p.m., a hay ride 7 p.m., and George Brothers Band 7:30 p.m.
Saturday kicks off with the popular pancake breakfast 7 a.m., featuring all you can eat hot cakes and sausage for $5.
Other attractions include the antique tractor pull 9 a.m., saw mill demo 10 a.m., corn husking 3 p.m., parade 4 p.m., and hog calling 7:45 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 25 activities include a church service 9 a.m., cross cut saw contest 1 p.m., egg toss 3 p.m and gator raffle 4 p.m.
There’s plenty for the kids including a Big Wheel race 12 p.m. Saturday and money in the hay stack 2:30 p.m. Saturday, a bubble blowing contest 11:30 a.m. Sunday as well as a kiddie tractor pull 1:30 p.m. Sunday.
Admission is $4 daily. Kids 12 and under are free.
The raffle this year will be for a John Deere Gator. Tickets are $1 each or six for $5. The drawing is 4 p.m. Sunday. Lumber from the sawmill will be auctioned 3 p.m Sunday.
Contact Scott Halasz at 937-502-4507.