Tennessee native Dustin Lynch won’t turn 30 until 2015, yet many are already proclaiming the rising country music sensation as the heir-apparent to George Strait’s status as the king of country.
His self-titled 2012 debut album hit No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart that year, and the album’s lead single, “Cowboys and Angels” broke through the platinum barrier, ending the year as one of Billboard’s Top 5 Country Songs of 2012.
Lynch’s follow-up album, “Where It’s At,” was released on September 9, 2014, and has already reached the No. 2 spot on this year’s album charts.
Two years of relentless touring has built Lynch a rabid fan base across the country, something he says is a “dream come true.”
“I moved to Nashville in 2003, and have been having fun chasing down my dreams,” Lynch said by phone in October.
“It’s always good to be busy, and it’s good to be wanted,” Lynch said. “It’s important for us to be out there. We’re in the building stages still… I want to grow this thing into the point where I can headline major arenas. (We just) put out the best songs we can, and keep building our show.”
The lead single and title track from the new album rocketed up the charts, reaching the No. 1 position for two straight weeks, and with Lynch’s hits in regular rotation on country radio, he said the shows are getting more and more exciting. To that end, Lynch said he wanted the first single released from this album to show fans a little something different than most of the singles from the first album.
“It’s a new side of us, and it’s a tip of the hat to what our shows really are… a big, rockin’ pants party,” Lynch said. “This is going to be a game changer for me and the guys. This (song) sets the tone for us out on the road.”
Never one to wait to take the next step along the path toward achieving his dreams, Lynch’s next single, “Hell of a Night” will hit the country airwaves on November 3.
And, while he and his band will wrap up 2014 with a busy slate of tour dates with more than a dozen Texas shows between Oct. 31 and Dec. 13 — including a Nov. 22 performance on the historic Austin City Limits stage at the Moody Theater in Ausitn — Lynch said 2015 promises to be even bigger.
“We worked long and hard to land a big tour for 2015,” explained Lynch. That work paid off big time, as Lynch will spend a big portion of next year on the road supporting one of country music’s biggest stars, Luke Bryan.
“He’s the biggest act in country right now,” said Lynch. “He’s selling more tickets than anyone else by a mile. He believes in me, and that’s huge.”
Looking forward to their fast and furious run of Texas dates to finish 2014, the Tennessean said he always looks forward to playing in the Lone Star State.
“Texas is different. The crowds are different, and they’re always fun, so it’s always a hell of a good time,” Lynch said, jokingly adding: “There are always more empty beer cans on the floor after a show in Texas than anywhere else, so we’ll have a good time.”
Dustin Lynch’s remaining 2014 tour dates:
Oct 31 – Mo’s Place – Katy, Texas
Nov 1 – Wild West – Lubbock, Texas
Nov 6 – Midnight Rodeo – San Angelo, Texas
Nov 7 – Graham Central Station – Odessa, Texas
Nov 8 – Rex Baxter Building, Tri State Fairgrounds – Amarillo, Texas
Nov 9 – Topeka Performing Arts Center – Topeka, Kansas
Nov 13 – The Silo – Abilene, Texas
Nov 14 – Denim & Diamonds – Wichita Falls, Texas
Nov 15 – Scooter’s – Lawton, Oklahoma
Nov 20 – Whiskey Creek – Harker Heights, Texas
Nov 21 – Graham Central Station – Longview, Texas
Nov 22 – ACL Live at the Moody Theater – Austin, Texas
Nov 28 – Hard Rock Casino – Sioux City, Iowa
Nov 29 – Grand Casino Hinckley Event Center – Hinckley, Minnesota
Dec 5 – The District – Lafayette, Louisiana
Dec 6 – Shooter’s Sports Bar – Texarkana, Texas
Dec 11 – Banita Creek Hall – Nacogdoches, Texas
Dec 12 – Texas Longhorn Club – Vinton, Louisiana
Dec 13 – Schroeder Dance Hall – Goliad, Texas
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