13 Songs, 43 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

After moving from Tullahoma, Tenn., to Nashville, Dustin Lynch performed regularly at The Bluebird Café, where songwriters often test-drive their material. As evidenced on his 2012 eponymous debut album, Lynch can hold his own as a tunesmith: he wrote or cowrote 10 of these 13 songs, starting with the humorously titled opener “She Cranks My Tractor.” What the song lacks in metaphoric subtlety it makes up for in raw new-traditional twang-rock. Lynch is inspired by what he calls “The Class of 1989”; that was the year that “hat acts” like Garth Brooks, Clint Black, and Alan Jackson broke big. The following ballad, “Waiting,” plays with palpable tension and urgency as Lynch expresses his burning impatience while waiting for his girl to return. He cements his prowess as a balladeer in the standout serenade “Cowboys and Angels” before “Wild in Your Style” blends classic rock guitars with country pop, over which Lynch celebrates his muse's unpredictable personality. “Yeah Yeah Yeah” taps into that nostalgic vein of modern country that romanticizes small-town living.

EDITORS’ NOTES

After moving from Tullahoma, Tenn., to Nashville, Dustin Lynch performed regularly at The Bluebird Café, where songwriters often test-drive their material. As evidenced on his 2012 eponymous debut album, Lynch can hold his own as a tunesmith: he wrote or cowrote 10 of these 13 songs, starting with the humorously titled opener “She Cranks My Tractor.” What the song lacks in metaphoric subtlety it makes up for in raw new-traditional twang-rock. Lynch is inspired by what he calls “The Class of 1989”; that was the year that “hat acts” like Garth Brooks, Clint Black, and Alan Jackson broke big. The following ballad, “Waiting,” plays with palpable tension and urgency as Lynch expresses his burning impatience while waiting for his girl to return. He cements his prowess as a balladeer in the standout serenade “Cowboys and Angels” before “Wild in Your Style” blends classic rock guitars with country pop, over which Lynch celebrates his muse's unpredictable personality. “Yeah Yeah Yeah” taps into that nostalgic vein of modern country that romanticizes small-town living.

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About Dustin Lynch

Country music singer and songwriter Dustin Lynch was born and raised in Tullahoma, Tennessee, and grew up influenced by what he calls "the class of '89," Alan Jackson, Garth Brooks, and Clint Black, all of whom had their first national success in 1989. Lynch moved to Nashville to attend college and to be closer to country music's epicenter in 2003, renting an apartment behind Nashville's Bluebird Café, famous as a testing and proving ground for young songwriters. Eventually Lynch earned a performance spot at the Bluebird, and he honed his skills, branching out to gig at other venues on the Southeast club circuit. His big break came in 2011 when he was discovered by Justin Moore's manager through Lynch's MySpace page, and it led to a management contract with L3 Entertainment, a publishing deal with Super 98/The Song Factory, and a record deal with Broken Bow Records. Broken Bow released Lynch's debut single, "Cowboys and Angels," in 2012 and it went to number two on the Billboard country chart. Its accompanying album, Dustin Lynch, debuted at number one on the Billboard charts and generated another hit in "She Cranks My Tractor." Lynch released his second album, Where It's At, in September 2014 and it produced three Top Ten hits: "Where It's At (Yep, Yep)," "Hell of a Night," and "Mind Reader." "Seein' Red," the first single from his third album, showed up in the summer of 2016. ~ Steve Leggett

  • ORIGIN
    Nashville, TN
  • GENRE
    Country
  • BORN
    May 14, 1985

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