Tuesday, 25 June 2024
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The passing of founding member Laura Lynch

  • Lynch, who founded the popular group in Dallas in 1989 with musicians Robin Lynn Macy and sisters Marty and Emily Erwin.
  • Lynch was Dixie Chick’s bassist and at one point the lead singer.
  • Lynch died Friday in a head-on collision on a highway outside El Paso, the Texas Department of Public Safety said in a statement.

Members of the band formerly known as The Dixie Six released a statement on their official Instagram page on Saturday, where they shared a video of Lynch singing and playing with the band.

“Laura used to be a bright mild … her infectious electricity and humor supplied a spark within the early days of our band,” the band stated in a statement.

Wide Open Space

Lynch, who founded the popular group in Dallas in 1989 with musicians Robin Lynn Macy and sisters Marty and Emily Erwin, died Friday in a head-on collision on a highway outside El Paso, the Texas Department of Public Safety said in a statement.

Lynch, 65, was driving eastbound on US 62 outside of El Paso when another car traveling in the opposite direction attempted to pass a vehicle on an undivided section of the highway.

It crashed into Lynch’s Ford truck, and she was stated dead at the scene.The driver of the other vehicle was taken to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries, officials said.

The Six praised Lynch’s “infectious energy and humor” and said in a statement that he was “instrumental” in the band’s early success.

Lynch was Dixie Chick’s bassist and at one point the lead singer. He left the group in 1995.

Originally founded as a bluegrass band, the Dixie Six released their major label debut “Wide Open Space” in 1998, selling “more CDs than any other country music group” and earning their first Grammy Award, according to the awards’ website.

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