A swing of noticeable upward momentum, thanks to his current “That’s Where It’s At” summer jam, is propelling the already-successful career of country music hit maker Dustin Lynch. The alluring entertainer graced the stage at Renfro Valley, Kentucky, on Friday, June 20, and perfectly blended all of the components of an arena-worthy show.
Not only was “Hell Of A Night” the title of the evening’s kick-off song, but it accurately defined the singer’s 90-minute set. The track is from Dustin’s sophomore album that he announced would be released later in the summer; he mentioned that the recording process wrapped up earlier in the week.
Like many of his recent shows, Dustin took the opportunity to play several new tracks. The catchy “Sing It To Me” showcased his effortlessly sexy way with words. Lyrics such as “It’s like you knew that smile was gonna melt me down,” complemented with his own seductive grin, made “Mind Reader” another stand-out selection.
Dustin’s latest single, “That’s Where It’s At” is dominating the country airwaves and is currently moving towards the upper rankings on the Billboard charts. The song prompted immediate screams from the crowd once the infectious opening chords played.
Dustin said that Garth Brooks is the reason he wanted to be a musician and the influence that country music’s biggest star has on the Broken Bow recording artist is obvious. Both entertainers share similar musical qualities, but there is one that stands out above all: They each have the ability to connect significantly with their audience members.
While performing radio singles like “She Cranks My Tractor,” album cuts, and well-picked covers, Dustin demonstrated that he’s on a level that many of today’s radio superstars can’t even boast. The way he acknowledges the crowd, whether it’s the prolonged eye contact with the front row, a smile and a shout out to someone standing 20 feet away from the stage, his interaction with his highly impressive band, or even bringing a concert-goer onstage for a “Friends In Low Places” sing-along, Dustin has an impeccable knack for making people feel connected to the musical moment.
It’s one thing for an artist to garner hit singles and bestow major accolades, but to ignite a lasting bond with an audience is far greater than any achievement. Combining his onstage mannerisms with his lyrical intellect (an intimate performance of the fan-requested “Hurricane” was a prime example) results in a flawless show that solidifies Dustin Lynch’s place in country music.