Musicians with as many talents as Tara Lynch (nickname: “Gui-Tara”) are a rare find. The American multi-instrumentalist sings, plays the electric and the acoustic guitar, as well as the bass, drums and piano, in addition to composing her own material from an early age. At the same time, she enjoys an excellent reputation among her colleagues and not only deployed her own skills on her current album Evil Enough but was supported by international stars such as Vinny Appice (Black Sabbath/Dio), Tony MacAlpine, Phil Soussan (Ozzy Osbourne/Billy Idol), Mark Boals (Dokken/Yngwie Malmsteen, Ted Nugent), Brent Woods (Vince Neil/Sebastian Bach), Glen Sobel (Alice Cooper) and Björn Englen (Quiet Riot/Yngwie Malmsteen) as guest musicians. “They all welcomed the opportunity to play the songs I wrote and each guest put their own special vibe and feeling into each track, making them sound just perfect!”
And indeed Tara Lynch has succeeded in recording an outstanding rock album in Evil Enough, which – despite the renowned guest contributions – focuses mainly on her expressive voice, her intelligent, elegant guitar style and her mature songwriting. Says Tara: “I prefer to think of the guitar as a form of art and not just a tool to create music with, which is why there are four instrumental tracks on Evil Enough. My musical taste varies widely, and though I’m a huge fan of the instrumental guitar genre, my favourite bands have a vocalist and a guitarist that really takes advantage of melodies and not just pure shred.”
For this reason Lynch, who has studied with Steve Vai (Frank Zappa, Alcatrazz, David Lee Roth), Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers) and Derek Sherinian (Dream Theater, Black Country Communion, Joe Bonamassa), among others, relies primarily on inspiration and instinct, despite her accomplished technical skill: “What you hear is exactly what comes out of me without any pre-programmed ideas. I have lived quite a colourful life thus far and have lots of things to talk about, so when I write my music I just say it like it is. I do the same with my guitar playing. I’m not out there to impress anybody, just to tell my story and hope that people enjoy what they hear and can even relate.” And that’s exactly what she’s achieved in all ten songs on Evil Enough. Care for some examples? ‘Antidote’ is the first single and official music video released from the album. Tara: “This track tells the story of an all too familiar situation for a lot of people where the one closest to them hurts them so much that they resort to welcoming the company of others as an antidote.”
In March/April 2019, Tara embarked on her EVIL ENOUGH TOUR in the UK & Ireland as special guest of UFO where the crowds filled each and every venue to capacity to see Tara open each night, which is very unusual for an opener! The tour was a great success.
In October 2019, TARA continued her EVIL ENOUGH TOUR joining the ranks of artists Lamb Of God, Anthrax, Suicidal Tendencies, Queensryche and many more, rockin’ the high seas on the MEGADETH MEGACRUISE where she put on her touring show and also participated in a Q&A and artist/cruiser jam session.
November 2019 through February 2020 saw Tara continue her EVIL ENOUGH TOUR in the USA (as special guest of Last In Line) right up until the pandemic lockdowns which brought touring to a halt around the world for the remainder of 2020 through half of 2021.
Once the pandemic lockdowns were lifted and live shows resumed, Tara Lynch came back out to headline the HeartSupport stage in September 2021 at the sold out Blue Ridge Rock Festival in Danville, Virginia where 160,000 tickets were sold.
In mid-December 2021 Tara Lynch resumed her EVIL ENOUGH TOUR in the USA (as special guest of Last In Line) and will continue on to Europe in 2022 (as special guest of Vinnie Moore).
“I have known Tara for years now and have always been amazed by her grace and poise as a lovely human being and dear friend. Well now it is time for all to be amazed by these divine musical gifts that she also possesses! A great player and singer to not only work with, but to listen and rock to!”
- Tony MacAlpine
“Tara is like discovering an unfound gem. Combining fantastic guitar playing, great songwriting and amazing vocals she is a new force to be listened to!!!”
- Vinny Appice
“Tara is an as yet greatly undiscovered talent. Writer, guitar player and singer she represents a powerful presence in this mainly male dominated genre. Working with her on her new record it is evident that she is destined for greatness.”
- Phil Soussan
“Tara Lynch has a beautiful natural vibrato that I have only heard in the very top guitar players.”
- Derek Sherinian
“Producing Tara's album was an amazing experience. Her music, lyrics, voice and playing are melodic, aggressive, contemporary, classic and honest... It’s refreshing to hear an artist truly pissed off again!”
- Brent Woods
“After knowing her as a friend for many years, I knew it would be fun, but working with Tara is like holding a Tiger by the tail, she is so full of talent and energy, knows exactly what she wants and is not afraid to go for it! It was a really great experience!!”
- Mark Boals
“Tara is just a pure pleasure and honor to work with. She knows what she wants but yet so humble and grateful. And what a talent!”
- Björn Englen
Drummers like to be challenged and Tara's music definitely fits that description. I had a blast recording these songs and it’s an honor to be featured on a record with so many other great players and friends!”
- Glen Sobel