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article imageInterview with country singer Dustin Lynch Special

By Markos Papadatos     Jul 5, 2013 in Entertainment
Farmingville - On July 5, I spoke with country singer and Broken Bow recording artist Dustin Lynch in-person at “Freedom Fest” that took place in Farmingville, Long Island, that was presented by “My Country 96.1 FM.”
He was the sole new male artist to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard Country Album chart in 2012 and his debut single “Cowboys and Angels” has surpassed platinum status and it reached No. 2 on both the Billboard and Mediabase Hot Country Songs charts. “That was crazy. There are so many talented people out there that I am fan of. That was very special and I am proud of my team for all of their hard work,” Dustin recalled. “I have an amazing village of people that work hard to make me look good.”
His self-titled studio album was co-produced by award-winning producers Brett Beavers and Luke Wooten and Dustin either wrote or co-wrote ten out of his album’s thirteen tracks. “Brett and Luke have had great success over the years and hopefully we could keep that going for them,” he said.
On his newest radio single “Wild in Y our Smile,” which was the No. 1 most added song on country radio upon its debut, Dustin remarked, “It is my third single from my first album and it is one of those songs that came in last minute. I was looking for something with a lot of energy to round the album off and it’s a great summertime song. You can tell a lot about a person by their smile. It’s about a guy that can see past this girl’s front.”
Dustin subsequently noted that his ballad “Hurricane” from his album has generated the biggest buzz. “It’s selling the most and it’s being streamed twice as much as anything else. If everything goes well, hopefully we will get another single from this album and we will see if it is ‘Hurricane,’” he said.
At this year’s “Freedom Fest,” Dustin shared the stage with such musical acts as Parmalee, Tate Stevens from “The X Factor,” Sarah Darling and he performed right before headliner Hunter Hayes. “It’s going to be incredible. I opened for him last week in Illinois and there were 25,000 people there. It’s an amazing 'explosion' to be a part of right now,” he acknowledged.
Immediately following “Freedom Fest,” Dustin is slated to embark on yet another major tour where he will perform with Keith Urban and Little Big Town, which commences on July 18 in Cincinnati, Ohio. “That is going to run for the rest of 2013 and it’s a bizarre thing to be a part of. Growing up, as a fan, I used to buy a lot of concert tickets to see Keith Urban and Little Big Town.”
For his musical work, Dustin has been praised by such outlets as Rolling Stone Magazine, which dubbed him as “The New Hat in Town” in its “2013 Best of Rock issue,” as well as one of the “Best New Country Music Acts of 2013” by Elle Magazine and a “2013 Hot Guys of Country” by People Country Magazine, among other well-earned accolades. “That feels really good. It’s been an amazing ride and we have been at it for almost two years. All of these accomplishments make me smile and they make my mom smile too,” he said. “My gym and YMCA memberships have both paid off, no doubt about that. Thank you to the YMCA for helping me get in the ‘Hottest Men of Country’ issue,” Dustin said jokingly.
In addition to co-writing songs for himself, Dustin co-wrote fellow label-mate James Wesley’s newest single “Thank a Farmer,” along with Josh Thompson and Steve Bogard. “James cut one of my songs and it’s the single that he has out right now. That was really cool and a ‘tip of the hat.’ That song fits James perfectly,” he said.
To learn more about country singer Dustin Lynch and his music, visit his official website.
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