We’ve been fans of Dustin Lynch since we first heard his debut single “Cowboys & Angels” back in 2012, the same year his self titled debut album topped the Billboard Country Albums Chart. With the release of his Sophomore album “Where Its At” Lynch shows he has grown and matured both in terms of writing and performing. His new music is edgier and has the voice of experience. It’s been a busy couple of years for Lynch who has been touring with Aussie Superstar Keith Urban all across the country while writing and recording for “Where It’s At.” We caught up with Lynch to talk about musical influences, his new album and giving back.
NYC Country Music Lovers: How have you been celebrating the release of your new album “Where Its At?”
We’re celebrating by going across the country and playing shows. When we’re on stage playing our new music for our friends and fans it’s amazing. I think we’ve played a show every day for the last 30 days.
NYC Country Music Lovers: What’s your favorite song to play live?
We do a little acoustic section of our show. In that section we play she wants a cowboy. I just love the campire feel the song gets. It’s easy to sing along to and it’s one my favorite moments in the show right now.
NYC Country Music Lovers: How different was the process of putting together Where It’s At compared to your self titled debut?
It was really different. The second album I was writing and recording while we were on the road and most of it while I was on tour with Keith Urban. The writing process was completely different. We were writing all over the country. In the back of the bus not on music row like my first album. Recording wise we bought in a new producer along with the two guys who produced my first record. He bought in some outside ideas and musical influences. It was really a completely different way of going about things. I think it was easier to write the second chapter of music because of that.
NYC Country Music Lovers: Your Song Daddy’s Boots literally gives us chills. Tell us about the inspiration behind that one.
That song gives me chills too. It’s a song about a moment I’ve been a part of a lot as an outsider. Before I had a record deal I was playing any bar or frat party that would have me before I realized weddings were a great time and a great party. So we played a lot of weddings. We’d always get to play the first dance and the father daughter dance. On this particular day of writing I wanted to write a song that had an impact. That meant something and had a little meat on the bones and I was just thinking about those moments and how cool it was to watch the groom watch his wife and the man he is taking over for and realize just how big of a deal it was to fill his father in laws boots. That’s’s really how the first verse came about.
NYC Country Music Lovers: What artist country or otherwise would you like to collaborate with?
I would love to collaborate with Justin Timberlake or Bruno mars. I think that would be really cool. Maybe just to write with them I’ma big fan of both of those guys.
NYC Country Music Lovers: You have been named National spokesperson for CMT EMPOWERING EDUCATION – Tell us about your relationship with this cause
I’m just really proud to be a part of this and I was flattered when they asked me to be the face of it this year. Empowering Education is a program by CMT to promote education and the fact that in this day and age we can all achieve degrees and diplomas, no matter what our situation is financially or career wise. It can all be done online and from the comfort of your own home. CMTEmpowereingEducation.com is a site where you plug in your goals, like “I want to achieve this degree in this amount of time and this is the days and times of the week I have available” and it creates a roadmap for you. Seeing that it’s achievable is a really good motivator. Its also to raise awareness. I have a college degree. I had a back up plan in case the music thing didn’t happen. Luckily it did.
NYC Country Music Lovers: How did you go from medicine at college to a career in country music?
I’ve always wanted to be in country music but I promised my parents I would graduate with a degree from college. Medicine is what I fell in love with when I was in college. If I’d stayed on that track I’d probably be a surgeon of some sort. But I’m glad I’m making music. This is what I’ve always dreamed of doing and I’m just happy that the Good Lord has opened the doors to allow me to do it.
NYC Country Music Lovers: Who are your musical influences?
Garth Brooks, Alan Jackson, George Strait. Also, Hip hop guys like Drake and Jay Z. I listen to all sorts of genre’s of music so there are a lot of different influences coming in.
NYC Country Music Lovers: What’s something your fans might not know about you?
When I’m not on stage, I’m actually a very shy and introverted person. Also I love to be outdoors – hunting, fishing, anything that’s active and outdoors.
NYC Country Music Lovers: What’s your favorite thing about New York City?
My favorite thing about New York City is the unknown. I’ve only been there a handful of times and I’m starting to get a little more familiar, but there is always something new to experience in New York. Theres always a part of the city I’ve never been. The hustle and bustle, the people and the culture is just fascinating to me. As a songwriter I just sit there and soak it all up.
NYC Country Music Lovers: What’s coming up next for you?
We are travelling around playing lots of shows and I’m going to start writing for the third album in the next few weeks.
Dustin Lynch’s Where It’s At is available now on iTunes.