Sound Advice: Dustin Lynch with Chris Lane and Tyler Rich

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Dustin Lynch

A dozen years ago, Dustin Lynch lit out from his tiny hometown of Tullahoma, Tenn., for the brighter lights and bigger city of Nashville, Tenn., with the express purpose of hitting Music City’s fame lottery. Lynch’s odds were fairly long; he was only 18 with no particular musical cred, headed into the belly of the Country beast where the only warmth on cold nights is often the arson fire the city makes of your dreams. 

Luckily, Lynch understood how to combine his love of next-generation Country traditionalists like George Strait, Alan Jackson and Garth Brooks with his youthful energy and contemporary edge, and after nine long years of sweat and toil, Lynch hit with his first single, the Platinum-selling “Cowboys and Angels,” from his self-titled 2012 debut album. In sales and airplay, “Cowboys and Angels” nearly topped Billboard’s Country charts and Lynch became a star. 

In 2014, Lynch dropped his sophomore album, Where It’s At, and the album’s first pair of singles, “Where It’s At (Yep Yep)” and “Hell of a Night,” both eventually reached the top spot on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart, while the album itself hit No. 2 on the Country chart and cracked the Top 10 of the Billboard 200. Lynch’s recent tour with friend/mentor Luke Bryan was a huge success, which led to a Today Show appearance and tons more exposure. 

On the downside, Lynch was tagged in the cheek by a full can of beer by a rowdy audience member last year, an injury that required stitches (Bro Country is dangerous, yo!). But on the upside: Lynch recently raised $18,000 for charities in his hometown with his second-annual benefit concert at his old high school; he just kicked off his very first headlining tour to a great response; and he’s already writing songs for his next album.

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