Country singer and songwriter Dustin Lynch headlines the Hell of a Night Tour, with special guests Chris Lane and Tyler Rich on Saturday, December 19 in Traverse City. This new(ish) country star promises a, ahem, Heck of a Night for the Northern Michigan music scene. MyNorth entertainment writer, Ross Boissoneau, tells us more about the artist and his Traverse City concert.
How He Got His Start
Lynch grew up in Tullahoma, Tennessee, living the kind of rural life typically celebrated by country music. “We lived for the weekends and Friday night football games. We’d get to the boat ramp where we’d build a fire and drink beer that we snuck away from somebody’s house or bought with a fake ID. We’d play music and try to meet some new girls from the next county over,” he said. He always hoped for a career in music, joining a band in high school. At his parents’ behest, he went to college and graduated with a pre-med degree from David Lipscomb University in Nashville. Of course, Nashville was also the epicenter of country music, and he continued to pursue his musical dreams, talking his way into the famed Bluebird Café, noted as a proving ground for up-and-coming songwriters.
Influences and Inspirations
Alan Jackson, Clint Black, Garth Brooks, George Strait
Lynch idolized what he calls “the class of ’89,” Jackson, Brooks and Black, all of whom had their first national success in 1989. His self-titled debut hit No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart and the lead single, “Cowboys and Angels,” exceeded platinum sales status while earning Lynch a legion of devoted fans. The next single, “She Cranks My Tractor,” became a No. 1 video on GAC’s Top 20 Country Countdown. Rolling Stone called Lynch “The New Hat in Town” in the magazine’s 2013 Best of Rock issue. Soon he was touring with superstars Keith Urban and Luke Bryan. Lynch’s sophomore album kicks off with the single “Hell of a Night,” which he took for the name of the current “Hell of a Night” tour.
““I’m nervous because I want my fans to leave and go, ‘Wow. That was worth the money and worth our time, let’s go do it again.’ So whatever it takes to create that experience is what we’re going to do.” – Dustin Lynch
“His latest album, Where It’s At, has been burning up the country charts, and its title single is just a joyful piece of pure goodness. Lynch has a knack for meshing traditional musical influences with new territories that just equals a whole lotta fun.” – Guitarworld
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Date & Time
Saturday, December 19 at 8 p.m.
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