James Patrick Lynch | The Great Outdoors, Vol. 1

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The Great Outdoors, Vol. 1

by James Patrick Lynch

This singer/songwriter brings his passion for Country Music and The Great Outdoors together with personal experiences, conservation messages, a few theme songs, and patriotic bonus tracks. "Great CD! Every Outdoorsman should have one!" -Jim Kelly ~HOF QB
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  Song Share Time Download
1. The Great Outdoors
3:22 $0.99
2. Emily
3:51 $0.99
3. Goin' in Deep
4:00 $0.99
4. Bylbie's Ridge
4:17 $0.99
5. Ducks Unlimited
2:23 $0.99
6. Country Run
3:31 $0.99
7. Full Stringer
3:28 $0.99
8. Big Buck Club
3:17 $0.99
9. Please Save the Rivers, Lakes, and Streams
3:40 $0.99
10. Woods N' Water
3:07 $0.99
11. Gypsy Rambler
3:25 $0.99
12. American Smile (acoustic)
4:32 $0.99
13. Weekend Good Ole' Boys (acoustic)
3:27 $0.99
14. The Wolves (acoustic)
4:20 $0.99
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
The Story/Tale behind the songs on “The Great Outdoors” Volume 1
~follow this story visually through the provided links on the website www.jamespatricklynch.com

Part I
My love for The Great Outdoors started at the age of 7 when my dad purchased 33 acres atop of Fox Hill Road in the little town of Dalton; just outside of Letchworth State Park in Upstate New York. It was there that we built our cabin, cut a path to the back of the property and dug our pond/swimming hole/fishing hole. The land was covered with wild raspberries, strawberries, apple trees and one big blueberry bush by the gorge where we’d get our fresh spring water. The view at night was breathtaking…the field across that dirt road dropped off into all the town lights below and they met up with the stars. We’d ride our horses on the 33 acres and the thousands of acres around those. We wore cut off shorts and Dingo boots, built tree forts, shot rifles, fished, and cooked over open fires. My childhood was the beginning of a long love with “The Great Outdoors.”

Part II
As a teen, when I wasn’t at our land I was with my childhood buddy Mark at their farmhouse/hunting camp on Chautauqua Lake, where my love for fishing grew (walleyes, muskies, ice fishing) along with hunting small game, grouse, ducks and whitetails.

Part III
In 1977 I joined Dad on a trip to California where we camped and fished on the Truckee River, caught grouper and a six foot shark in the ocean in Santa Cruz, went cliff diving at Donner Lake, and I fished, snorkeled, and kayaked in Lake Tahoe, “What a Summer!” After graduating I returned out West to live and work in Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Park hiking, trout fishing, rock climbing, all amongst the beauty of The Giant Sequoias.

Part IV
Upon my return to Upstate NY from my “out-West” adventure, when I wasn’t fishing on Lake Erie or Lake Ontario, another childhood friend (Timmy) brought me to meet a club owner in Zoar Valley. I performed at the club nestled next to Cattaraugus Creek, and made more outdoorsmen friends to hunt with (4 of the songs on Volume 1 were inspired by this place/”hidden paradise”). Song #s 3, 4, 7, 8…bow hunting, turkey hunting, trout and salmon fishing and whitewater rafting…ohhh The Valley!

Part V
For the past 15 years I’ve enjoyed the beautiful surroundings just outside of Nashville, TN. I’ve raised my kids just up the hill from Old Hickory Lake with Percy Priest Lake in the backyard. I hunt in Cedars of Lebanon Forest and The Great Smokey Mountains are a frequent family vacation. I perform at the corporate events at The Opryland Hotel and when I hit the studio I play with the greatest musicians in the world of country music; all of which are proud to be part of The Great Outdoors Volume 1.

In Closing
Why Volume 1? As you’ve read in The Story, I have much more to write about; turning stories to songs and honoring all the other species in The Great Outdoors, along with conservation reminders and a little country music humor thrown in. I look forward to Volume II…and so on…I hope you will too.

Thanks for listening,
James Patrick Lynch


The Great Outdoors Volume 1.

1. The Great Outdoors
This song really sets up the whole project. It celebrates a lot of the themes and stories that I wanted to tell. If I had the chance, I’d spend every day just like the opening line of the song: “Gonna do a little hunting, gonna do a little fishing…I’ve got nothing on the wire, except for me and the Great Outdoors and that’s heaven in my mind!” I also hope it motivates people to get out of the house and do something. Sure I want our kids to “say no to drugs,” but there’s another drug that our society is addicted to: TV, videogames, surfing the net…when I was a kid I loved to be outside, walking in the woods, or playing sports. It doesn’t matter what it is, just get out and do something.

2. Emily
During the 2008 Presidential election debates; there was a lot of talk about the Second Amendment right and the NRA. People were afraid that they would lose their right to bear arms, gun sales soared, and I was happy to have my Emily. Who is Emily you ask? It’s an Ithaca shotgun that I bought second hand and I have been hunting the Zoar Valley with ever since. I wrote this novelty song and started playing it at camp for fun. “Well it may sound crazy that a friend is an old shotgun, but she’s something special I can hand down to my son. She’ll teach him like she has taught me, what respect and freedom should be, my old shotgun Emily.” Soon it was being requested at shows, and really took on a life of its own. I’ve recently had the pleasure of working with the Ithaca Gun Company (www.ithacagun.com) to design a special edition Emily Model 37 Featherlight Shotgun. It’s engraved with a quote from the song: “There’s people trying to take my Emily away, don’t they know about the N.R.A and the Second Amendment says: ‘We’ve got the right to bear arms…” Go on and get ya one!

3. Goin’ in Deep
Man, I lived a lot of hunting camp stories to write this one! A bunch of year’s back I met a pack of backwoods boys that told me about this deer camp they owned in Zoar Valley, NY. Their stories were so alive and it sounded like they had a blast when they got together. That camp and our stories spawned a lot of these songs. I didn’t change any of the names because there were no innocent people to protect –lol. Every time I perform this one it takes me back because the memories still rent room in my head. I’ll see you boys when I make it back home!

4. Bylbie’s Ridge
“There’s a place that I’ve been where the pine trees talk to the wind…” This place is Bylbie’s land; the ridge at the top is so scenic and historic. You can see farmland that disappears into the Cattaraugus Creek. There’s an old farmhouse that was built in the 1800’s, and the tombstone of Jesse Frye –who, as the story is told, was killed on his land by the Indians. The whole area is rich with Native American influences that add to the culture and lore. Bill, Dean's brother, was a piano teacher, so we knew we needed that in the song –R.I.P my friend.

5. Ducks Unlimited
When I started pulling the songs together for this project I had more than 25 years of writing to choose from, still, I couldn’t help but feel like I was missing something. I set out write a little song about duck hunting and the words poured out in about a half an hour. I hope we’ll always be able to enjoy this pastime, and I hope the song becomes a recruiting call and an anthem for this terrific conservation organization…”Come on and be a member of Ducks Unlimited (www.ducks.org).”

6. Country Run
I couldn’t even think of this project without this song. It’s relaxing, it’s peaceful, and it’s what I love to do with my wife Rita and the kids…We’ll jump in the family car and just drive out to the country to get away from it all after grinding out a long week of work.

7. Full Stringer
Holcum Pond is right up the road from camp and a terrific little fishing hole that I’d go to. There were many mornings that I’d wake up to the smell of bacon frying in an old cast iron pan; I can almost taste it now. I love the way this one came out on the record, the production and arrangement is pretty simple, and it just makes you want to go fishing. They players really delivered in the studio –thanks guys.

8. Big Buck Club
The real title of this song is The Zoar Valley Indian Arrowhead Big Buck Club! So many of these songs were written about this camp. The guys are like brothers and we still get together when I come home to Buffalo. I don’t know what to say about this one because the lyrics say it all.

9. Please Save the Rivers, Lakes & Streams
I moved to Nashville to write songs like this. I was blessed to grow up on the Niagara River and Lake Erie; most of the mills had already closed down, but there were always stories about the pollution they caused. I started this song and put it on the shelf for a while; years later I was fishing in a local river and there were tires and plastic bags in the water. I makes you start to think. We are a nation of consumers, and everything today is disposable, but who’s watching out for our future –“...for our children and their children. Please save the rivers, lakes, and streams.”

10. Woods & Water
I met Peter Fiduccia (TV Host) at an outdoor show and we just bonded. We were both from New York, and I asked him if he’d be interested in a theme song for the show. I loved the program, so I quickly went to work writing and producing a demo. Peter adopted the song that year and I’ve been privileged to be working with him for 14 years already. You can find out more about the program at www.deerdoctor.com.

11. Gypsy Rambler
This next song was inspired by a friend of mine who had recently lost his mother. His father, who was already retired, decided to sell the house, buy a RV (www.Wnnebago.com), and set out to see America. Phil and I have collaborated on a couple other songs, and while we were doing the pre-production for this project I knew we had to add it.

Bonus Tracks:
American Smile
This song was originally recorded for the Rough Cut album (1994) and when I play it live people always connect to it. It talks about hard times and heroes. Our economy is in a recession and we just saw our government bail out private businesses. We don’t always agree with where our tax dollars or American troops go, but we enjoy being “…the home of the brave where we’re left free to choose…”, and we know that comes at a cost. Our county was built by people that know how to pick themselves up, dust themselves off, and start all over again. I recently added another verse to pay tribute to our troops stationed abroad –come back safe, come back soon, and come back the heroes you are…

Weekend Good Ole Boys
In 1994 I put out a cassette (I know…scary) and this was the first track. It’s fast and fun and fit with the theme of this project. I wanted to include it because there were always a lot of requests for it. It didn’t make the final cut, so we added this demo as a bonus track.

The Wolves
This song was inspired by the current economic climate in America. It's an opinion song that resembles Angry American (by either Merle Haggard or Toby Keith). We need to do something to turn this country around.



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Me and the Great Outdoors...
Jim, all the years we've been emailing back n'forth about Republicans and I didn't ever know you were a musical genius also. I'll put you CD right beside my other favorite, Willie Nelson.
As to my great outdoors,,,as I think you know I'm and artist too, an oil painter of the stuff I love...but as soon as it starts gettin' kinda dark, cold or hungry and I'm far from, my warm bed...I'm outa there. My brother in law, Bob, and you'd get on great together. He loves to go out with his 30-06, a sleepin' bag and climb way up in the mountains, mile and miles from any living thing except grizzly bears and mountain lions, so he can sleep in the snow. That's way outa my league but I tell him how much I admire him and I think he's gonna love your CD. So I need one for us, next to Willie, and one for Bob. You shouldn't be so shy about your talent...bet ole Willie's shakin' in his boots what with you enterin' into his market. RonG


A must have for the drive to hunting or fishing camp!
What a great collection of fun and inspirational songs that celebrate The Great Outdoors.
Did you read the CAUTION! label -lol
The songs on this CD may cause the urge to go Hunting and or Fishing. If the urge lasts for more than 4 hours, do not consult a physician, just head for "The Great Outdoors"

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