A founding member of the Dixie Chicks (now p.k.a the Chicks) who played on the country act’s first three albums, Laura Lynch has passed away at the age of 65.
As confirmed by the Texas Department of Public Safety, Lynch died following injuries sustained in a car accident on a highway outside of El Paso, Texas, and her former bandmates addressed their bandmates passing in a statement on social media.
“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.” wrote Emily Strayer, Martie Maguire, and Natalie Maines.
Serving as upright bass player and co-lead vocalist, Laura, along with Robin Lynn Macy and sisters Martie and Emily Erwin (now Maguire and Strayer), co-founded the Dixie Chicks in the late 1980s. .And prior to Macy leaving the band, the quartet released two albums together -1990’s Thank Heavens for Dale Evans and 1992’s Little Ol’ Cowgirl
As a trio, the former Dixie Chicks with Lynch recorded one more album, 1993’s Shouldn’t a Told You That, featuring steel guitarist Lloyd Maines (who introduced the Erwin sisters to his daughter Natalie, who ultimately replaced Lynch in the trio.) It was five years later that the then-Dixie Chicks would release their breakout 1998 album Wide Open Spaces.