“I am but a singer, a factory man’s son. I spend my days dreaming of what is yet to come.”
So goes the opening lines of Lynn Callihan’s 1999 album through my window. For over two decades, the Northern Michigan native has been chronicling the dreams of the common man. Described as “ear candy for the soul," his evocative voice, haunting melodies, and percussive guitar stylings, has created a unique style of a Dark Americana, Alternative Folk, and Blues that has made him a favorite of songwriter aficionados.
Lynn’s songs are informed by a lifetime’s worth of hard earned wisdom. Sometimes they are uplifting, other times they bleak and melancholy, but always honest. Inspired by the rough and tumble blues of Muddy Waters, the explorative spirit of the Grateful Dead, and of course the endless mysteries of Bob Dylan, Lynn seeks to examine every corner of the mind with his songs. Love and loss, tragedy and triumph, they are all woven together to paint a complete picture of his view of the world.
Since releasing his first album in 1996, Lynn has been a steady presence on the folk scene across the United States and Canada, playing everywhere from nationally recognized venues such as the Bluebird Cafe to nameless small town bars. His style is a blend of traditional Americana styles, all mixed together and reimagined in his own image. He takes his favorite elements of Country, Blues, Bluegrass and Folk to create a sound that is both modern and timeless.
On his newest release, ‘The Shagway Sessions,’ Lynn showcases everything that he does best. Over the EP’s five songs he tells stories of hard luck small town girls, the tragic consequences of war, and the way the human spirit can always find the hope needed to go on and fight another day. It is classic Callihan - resilient, thought provoking, and inspiring.