Dustin Lynch has racked up over 20.5 million views on YouTube and VEVO, soaring to #1 on the MTV Music Meter and selling 2.2 million digital singles. The Tennessee native brings a fresh combination of traditional influences and edgy intensity to country music and will be appearing at Country Thunder in Florence, Arizona April 9-12, 2015. Lynch spoke to www.Scottsdale.com to tell us about his current album.
”I think this will be the first time we’re in Florence,” Lynch says. “I love the desert though because growing up, I’d never seen anything like it.” But make no mistake about it, the Nashville-based Lynch is heavily rooted in the famed music city and cites his family and the music and writing industries as reasons that he’ll stay planted there.
The blue-eyed blond singer/songwriter recognizes that country music has changed considerably in the last decade. “I’ve had to evolve with it,” Lynch explains. “My first album and the songs I was writing even before the first album were very traditional country-leaning. And then I’ve morphed into a newer breed of that sound. It’s a challenge as a songwriter to stretch your boundaries and bring in these influences from other genres that we’re seeing pop up in country right now which I think is a fun thing. It keeps it fresh and there really aren’t any rules right now-you can try anything.”
Lynch’s self-titled debut album spawned the monster hit, “Cowboys and Angels” and “She Cranks my Tractor” and his smooth style got him tagged in the industry as the next George Straight. Lynch’s follow-up album, “Where It’s At” is on the same growth trajectory with hits “Where It’s At (Yep, Yep)” and “Hell of a Night.”
The process of making his debut album varied greatly from his sophomore effort. “It was a big time difference. In terms of the songwriting for the second album, I was actually on the road,” states Lynch. “Most every day I was writing a song on the bus out on the road versus just being in Nashville and focusing on making a record. I was touring around with Keith Urban for most of the recording process, so that energy was in the air. Then I brought in a new producer along with the guys I had been using and he brought in a lot of new energy and sounds and took me to a new place vocally. Pretty much everything about it was different, to be honest with you.”
“I’m looking forward to the third album which a long ways away, but I’ve already started writing for it and planning and figuring out which way I want to go with it. It’s always fun seeing that come together,” Lynch says. He also adds he probably won’t be playing any of the songs in development at Country Thunder, but he will be playing his hits and lots of tracks from his current album. “We’ll also throw in a couple of the cover songs that we like to play,” he says. “I’m still pretty new to the game so a lot of people have heard one or two of our songs on the radio but to fill up another hour or hour-and-a-half of space, we’ll have some sing-alongs in there. We’ll do some cover songs, I think, that have a bit of shock factor… that will be new and fresh. We’re trying out some new things right now.”
Lynch’s current hit, “Hell of a Night” is still burning up the charts so we wanted to know what exactly was Lynch’s idea of a “Hell of a Night?” “That’s tough… Getting into the job, there are a lot of cool places and things out there to do. There’s a place that we get Irish coffee and I’d start there. My night would start out at about 8 a.m.,” Lynch says with a hearty laugh. “We’d get our coffee in San Francisco and then get on a private jet. I’d probably start there and work my way east. I love dancing and I think karaoke is hilarious... It depends on where we are in the country. If I was in Nashville, my normal ‘Hell of a Night’ would be with a group of friends out in the middle of nowhere in a lake on a boat somewhere, listening to music, dancing and partying. I don’t think you can top that and that’s something I look forward to doing every single summer with some buddies of mine.”
Producers Mickey Jack Cones, Brett Beavers and Luke Wooten showcase Lynch’s progressive sound throughout his sophomore album, “Where’s It’s At” from Broken Bow Records, which debuted at No. 1 on the iTunes Country Albums Chart upon release. Fueled by the multi-week No. 1 smash “Where It’s At,” the title track has earned well over 9.5 million streams on Spotify and his hot new single “Hell of a Night” is currently climbing the country radio charts. Previously opening for Keith Urban, Lynch is bringing his dynamic stage show to Luke Bryan’s 2015 tour. Media critics have taken notice of the rising newcomer as he was praised in “Rolling Stone’s” 2013 Best of Rock Issue, named “Elle’s” “Best New Country Music Artist of 2013” and tapped as one of “People Country” and “Us Weekly’s “2014 Sexiest Men of Country.”
Before they take the Academy of Country Music Awards stage in Dallas on April 19, 2015, Country superstars and ACM co-hosts Bluke (also known as Luke Bryan and Blake Shelton) will hit the Country Thunder stage in Florence, Ariz., April 9-12, 2015. In addition to Blake and Luke, Country Thunder has added some of Country music’s biggest names and fastest-rising stars, including Brett Eldredge, Big & Rich, Dustin Lynch, Joe Nichols, Jerrod Niemann, Diamond Rio, Phil Vassar, Dallas Smith, The Railers, Maddie & Tae, Jamie Lynn Spears, Old Dominion, John Michael Montgomery, Love and Theft, Logan Mize and Clare Dunn to the growing 2015 line-up. More artists will be announced in the coming months. Country Thunder will take place at 20585 E. Price (Station) Rd., Florence. For additional information and tickets visit http://www.arizona.countrythunder.com. Dustin Lynch will be performing on the main stage 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 12.