As a special guest with Chris Cagle on the Sandwich Fair grandstand stage Friday, Dustin Lynch said to expect “a rockin’ show.”
“I’m throwing a party; expect to be dancing,” he said in a recent phone interview.
“When people are at our shows, they don’t have a care in the world. They’re not worried about work or the bills. They are there to have fun, and that’s our job.
“We try to create an atmosphere where people can escape reality for a while.”
Relatively new to country music fans, Lynch already is touring with Keith Urban and Little Big Town. “He’s an amazing dude and they are great people. I’m learning a lot from them,” Lynch said.
“I hope one day to be at Keith’s level. I just try to take it all in, learn from him and not get in his way.”
Although the young singer/songwriter has a college degree, it’s in biology.
“There are a lot of great music programs and a lot of success stories that come out of them. I told my parents I would graduate college. I really love to hunt and fish, and I love the outdoors, so I studied biology.”
Lynch said, as an artist, “I had to figure out who I am all on my own. I went to Nashville and taught myself to swim. I didn’t have anybody holding my hand to help me along.”
He said he grew up singing in church, then in choir in middle school and fronting a band with a few buddies.
“We played more rock. The guys in the band hated country so they wouldn’t let me play too much of that,” he said with a laugh.
“As high school kids, we learned how to set up, do a show and then actually get paid. It became addicting being able to make money singing songs.
“It’s better than mowing grass. And I mowed grass for a few years in Nashville just to make rent,” he admitted.
Lynch said there’s a high that performers get on stage. “Take Paul McCartney – he’s 70 years old and still out there rockin’.”
As for the writing process, Lynch said he learned a lot hanging around Nashville’s famed Bluebird Cafe. Based on what he learned, he said, “I keep my eyes and ears turned on for ideas. I can be anywhere and have three or four ideas hit me. I jot ‘em down.”
Like every other songwriter, Lynch said he strives to write great songs.
“If I don’t write, I feel like a loser.”
Among Lynch’s hits are the double-entendre laden “She Cranks My Tractor,” his platinum-selling single “Cowboys and Angels” and his newest single, “Wild in Your Smile.”