Dixie Chicks Co-Founder Laura Lynch Passes Away at 65

 Laura Lynch, an early member of the country music group Dixie Chicks, was involved in a fatal auto accident Friday, according to authorities. She was 65 years old.

Evidence of her death and identity came from Nicole Andres, a justice of the peace in the area.

Lynch, who lives in Fort Worth, was driving on Route 62 near Cornudas, Texas, about 70 miles east of El Paso, when a westbound volley truck crossed into his lane, which was reported by Texas. Department of Public Safety. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Raised on her grandfather's estate in Texas, Lynch, a bassist, co-founded the Dixie Chicks in Dallas in 1988 with Robin Lynn Massey and sisters Emily Strayer and Marty Maguire.

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Despite the short-lived collaboration, the original lineup released only two compilations, the debut "Thank Welkin for Dale Evans" in 1990 and "Littleol' Shepherd" in 1992.

In a 1992 meeting with National Public Radio, Lynch described the band's music as "cowgirl music", a mix of old-time country, bluegrass and aural rudiments. She played a major part in shaping the band's early sound.

Indeed, although the details of her departure from the band were unclear, Lynch left in 1995, and was replaced by Natalie Maines.

The remaining members continued to achieve significant success, with Maines joining in 1995. Still, Lynch's influence remained integral to the band's early days, and his bass chops played a crucial part in defining its unique sound.

In a statement on social media, Spratts called Lynch a "bright light" whose "sharp energy and wit fueled our band's early days."

"Laura had a design for everything, a love for every little thing in Texas, and was instrumental in the success of the band's early days," Spratts said. 

"Her controversial creativity helped us break new ground on the Texas music scene."

Lynch's legacy extends beyond his time with the Dixie Chicks . After leaving Bend, she came to the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas as a public health officer.

In a 2003 interview with The Associated Press, Lynch mentioned her shift to oil and spending quality time with her grandchildren. She continued to contribute to fields of color, proving that her worth extended beyond her music career.

 Laura Lynch's impact on the country music scene and the legacy of the Dixie Chicks is unmistakable, leaving behind a void that will be felt by fans and the music community. Her journey from launching member of a groundbreaking band to hobbyist exemplifies her versatility and passion for life beyond the limelight.

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