Young Nashville country star Dustin Lynch brought his 10-gallon hat and million-dollar smile to the stage at Penn’s Peak in Jim Thorpe on Friday, March 27, pleasing both fans of classic and more contemporary country music with songs like his latest hits, “Where It’s At” and “Hell of a Night.”
The 29-year-old singer’s self-titled debut hit No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart, and the lead single, “Cowboys and Angels,” went platinum; the follow up single, “She Cranks My Tractor,” became a No. 1 video on Great American Country’s Top 20 Country Countdown, though he doesn’t rest on his laurels.
“I want to do everything I can possibly do to be the best I can be,” Lynch said in a press release. “I never give myself a day off. If you have a list of things that I’ve accomplished, I probably couldn’t tell you a tenth of them because it’s always about what’s happening next. Every time we take that stage is a nice little pat on the back, a nice little present. I love what I’m doing right now.
“Musically, I’ve been blessed to be able to walk a line that is a bit more traditional, but I can sprinkle some newer influences on top of that. I wear a cowboy hat. It’s who I am, and weirdly enough, in country music cowboy hats are few and far between right now. I’m glad it’s that way. The door is open for a young guy like me to come in and carry that torch. I’m happy to do so.”
Another young Nashville resident, Adam Sanders, opened the show with songs like his debut single, “Nothin’ to Do But Drink.”
by Cami Kyttle
Cami is a preschool teacher and communications student by day and a live music photographer by night. She can be reached at facebook.com/CLKPhotog.