The crowd at 3rd and Lindsley in Nashville was packed with fans and Music Row’s finest as Dustin Lynch offered up songs from his forthcoming album, “Where It’s At,” available this Tuesday, September 9.
It’s been two years since Lynch released his self-titled debut album, which launched his career with the hit “Cowboys and Angels.” He’s traveled a lot of miles and had a lot of experiences since that time, which helped shape the music of this new record.
“I’ve learned a lot about this country. All of these new landscapes, the Pacific Ocean, the desert, a real mountain. As a songwriter, you soak in all of that landscape. And along the way, I’ve met thousands of people, and relationships have budded from that… awkward moments, great moments. I think as a songwriter, you soak all of that in and that’s what comes out. And that’s what inspires me.”
Earlier this year he toured with Keith Urban, and the energy of Urban’s live show was a big influence in the creation of this album.
“The Keith Urban show is relentless. It’s up-tempo, high energy, hands in the air, people dancing the whole time. I wanted that. I was writing this album on the road with him and recording it while we were out there on that tour.”
Lynch co-wrote five of the new tracks, including “To the Sky,” “She Wants a Cowboy,” “Sing it to Me,” “Middle of Nowhere,” and his personal favorite, “Your Daddy’s Boots,” which describes a pivotal moment in a lot of people’s lives.
“I can always remember watching a groom hold back tears watching his bride dance with his father-in-law. And that moment signifies, ‘I’m now having to be him. The guy that’s been there for her since she was born, and is her everything, her world, the man she’s leaned on her whole life. I’m now taking that role over.’ I thought that would be a cool song to write from the groom’s shoes, to watch her dance.”
The new album also includes tracks not written by Lynch, like “World to Me,” that struck a chord with him enough to record.
“World to Me is a song that a couple of my buddies [Ash Bowers, Adam Craig, Matt Rogers] wrote, and it hit home. It even name checks the bar that we hang out in my hometown. It’s just one of those perfect fits.”
Lynch performed the new songs to an enthusiastic crowd, and even snuck in a Garth Brooks cover of “Rodeo” as a hats-off to one of his musical idols. He’s excited to hear new music from the legend, but wants to experience the new single in a special way.
“I’m saving that… I don’t wanna stream it on my phone; I wanna listen to it as a country music fan in my truck, or on the radio on the bus.”
The album “Where It’s At” will be available online and in stores beginning Tuesday, September 9. Keep up with Dustin Lynch on Twitter @dustinlynch or at www.dustinlynchmusic.com.