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Laura Lynch, Dixie Chicks Co-Founder, Passes Away in Texas Car Crash

Laura Lynch

In a heartbreaking incident, Laura Lynch, a key figure in the formation of the Dixie Chicks, met an untimely demise at the age of 65 in a car crash on a Texas highway. The accident occurred on Friday when Lynch’s vehicle, heading east on Highway 62 near Cornudas, Texas, was struck by a car traveling in the opposite direction. Let’s delve into the details surrounding this unfortunate event and the impactful legacy Laura Lynch leaves behind.

The Accident

The Texas Department of Public Safety reported that Lynch, a Fort Worth resident, was driving east on Route 62 when a pickup truck traveling west veered into her lane, resulting in a head-on collision. Unfortunately, Laura Lynch was pronounced dead at the scene.

A Founding Member of Dixie Chicks

Laura Lynch played a pivotal role in establishing the Dixie Chicks, known today as the Chicks. Hailing from a ranch in Texas, Lynch, a bassist, co-founded the group in 1988 in Dallas alongside Robin Lynn Macy and sisters Emily Strayer and Martie Maguire.

Musical Journey

The original Dixie Chicks lineup released two albums: “Thank Heavens for Dale Evans” in 1990 and “Little Ol’ Cowgirl” in 1992. Lynch, in a 1992 National Public Radio interview, described their music as “cowgirl music,” blending old-time country, bluegrass, and acoustic sounds with harmonies and instrumentals.

Lynch’s Departure

In 1995, Lynch parted ways with the group and was replaced by Natalie Maines. The decision, as explained by Martie Maguire in a 1996 interview with The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, was part of a broader re-evaluation of the band’s future.

Remembering Laura Lynch

The Chicks, on social media, paid tribute to Lynch as a “bright light” whose infectious energy and humor left an indelible mark on the band’s early days. They acknowledged her role in the band’s success and credited her undeniable talents for propelling them from street corners to stages across Texas and the mid-West.

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Life After Dixie Chicks

After her Dixie Chicks tenure, Laura Lynch took on the role of a public relations officer at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. Additionally, she shared her passion for oil painting and dedicated much of her time to raising her daughter.

Final Reflections

In a 2003 interview with The Associated Press, Lynch reflected on her time in the band, stating that despite challenges, it was all worth it. Her words resonate with the lasting impact she had on the Dixie Chicks’ early success and the music industry as a whole.

Details about survivors were not immediately available at the time of this writing. The loss of Laura Lynch is deeply felt, and her contributions to the Dixie Chicks’ journey will be remembered as an integral part of the country’s music legacy.

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