BMI’s database credits Lynn Morris with 7 published compositions, co-compositions, and arrangements including:

“Dancing in the Hog Trough”

“Don’t Tell Me Stories”

“Help Me Climb That Mountain”

“Love Grown Cold”

“Old Rip”

“Penny Saved”

Early Influences

Johnny Cash

Dolly Parton

Merle Haggard

Chuck Wagon Gang

Buck Owens

George Jones

Earl Scruggs

Stanley Brothers

Doug Dillard

Craig Smith

Twenty String Bluegrass Band (Mary Stribling, Charles Sawtelle)

Came to Fame With

The Lynn Morris Band, 1988-2003

Performed With

City Limits Bluegrass Band, 1972-1978

Cherokee Rose, 1981

Whetstone Run, 1982-1986

Laurie Lewis and Grant Street, 1987

Lynn Morris Band, 1988-2003

Led the Way

  • Paved the way for aspiring female bluegrass pickers and bandleaders.
  • First female elected to the IBMA Board of Directors, 1991.
  • Three-time IBMA Female Vocalist of the Year (1996, 1998, 1999).
  • IBMA Song of the Year, “Mama’s Hands” (1996).
  • SPBGMA Grand Masters Gold Award for winning Female Vocalist of the Year (Traditional) ten times, 2006.
  • IBMA Distinguished Achievement Award, 2010.

By the Way

  • First guitar was conditioned on her playing for anybody her father asked her to.
  • An early guitar teacher also taught Buddy Holly.
  • Studied classical guitar before she played bluegrass.
  • Discovered bluegrass by accident by while barhopping with friends.
  • Drove a limousine during a musical dry spell.
  • The second-ever public performance by the Lynn Morris Band was for a 1988 IBMA showcase.
  • Heard Hazel Dickens’ “Mama’s Hand” on the radio and decided to learn it.

From the Archives

“In any predominantly male profession, a woman has to earn male approval to get started. I never objected to that and I naively assumed that if I proved myself worthy enough I’d eventually be accepted in a top group. But after being denied auditions in a few all-male configurations, I began to realize that waiting to join an established all-male group was probably going to cost me my career. So, there were a couple of years there where I didn’t play very much. It was a difficult time.”
Quoted by Art Menius in “Finding the Roses Among the Brambles: the Lynn Morris Band,” Bluegrass Unlimited, October 1993
“It’s a dream band. With this particular group, the positive vibes and energy levels surpass anything we’ve experienced before. There’s a certain chemistry here that works, onstage and off. I love these guys a lot, they’re magnificent team players and they understand we have a mission: to give our best possible performance as a band.”
Quoted by Joe Romano in “The Lynn Morris Band: More Fun Than It’s Ever Been,” Bluegrass Now, June 1999.
“We’ve always tried to integrate the singing with the playing so that it works seamlessly. I think we get our overall approach from Flatt & Scruggs. Marshall [Wilborn] and Ron [Stewart] just lived and breathed Flatt & Scruggs when they were learning how to play. For me personally, I think the Stanley Brothers were a bigger influence. I think they have such a lonesome approach to their singing. Certainly their guitar playing influenced my style a lot.”
Quoted by Robert Hicks in “Bluegrass Band Coming to Knowlton Festival,” Daily Record (Morristown, New Jersey), August 22, 2002.