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Dustin Lynch 'cranks' his way into Berkeley County Youth Fair

July 27, 2013|By CRYSTAL SCHELLE | crystal.schelle@herald-mail.com
  • Dustin Lynch will take time off from touring with Keith Urban and Little Big Town to perform Wednesday, Aug. 7, at the Berkeley County Youth Fair.
By Glenn Sweitzer

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. —  Country music newcomer Dustin Lynch has it all: Big white cowboy hat? Check. A smooth, tenor voice perfect for airways? Check. A prolific songwriter? Check. Southern drawl? Check. Killer blue eyes and a Colgate smile? Double check. 

Lynch, who has been seeing radio play with such hits as “She Cranks My Tractor,” “Cowboys and Angels” and “Wild in Your Smile,” has been making a name for himself in country circles.

So much so that Grammy Award-winning artist Keith Urban handpicked Lynch to accompany him and Little Big Town (also Grammy winners) on the Light the Fuse Tour. 

“Keith is shockingly a big fan of mine,” Lynch said during a telephone interview from Hiawassee, Ga., while he’s on the road. 

He said it was about this time last year when Urban approached him to be a part of the tour. 

“When we got the invitation to go on tour with him, I was over the moon excited about it,” he said.

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The tour kicked off on July 18, and Lynch is excited to be working with Urban.

“We’re just getting started, but he’s a better man than I ever hoped he’d be,” he said.

In the meantime, Lynch has a couple of his own dates to keep —including the Berkeley County Youth Fair. He’ll perform at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 7, at the amphitheater. 

The 28-year-old Tullahoma, Tenn., native said music was always a part of his life. 

“I went to Nashville (Tenn.) when I was 18 years old with a dream, now 10 years later I’m still chasing it,” he said.

He said he told himself a decade ago “to be patient.” And it seems patience has paid off. 

 “I’m just a rockin’ and rollin’ now,” he said. 

Although his vocals are traditional country, it was Lynch’s songwriting skills that allowed him to get his foot in the door. 

The first song he ever wrote was called “Solitude.”

“And I recorded to a cassette tape in my bedroom,” he said. Lynch was 16.

When he moved to Nashville, he spent time at the Bluebird Cafe songwriters club. He landed a publishing deal and was soon cranking out songs — more than 200. 

Today, Lynch also is signed with Broken Bow Records for his music.

Lynch said he’s constantly working on music. 

“I have to kinda keep in that mindset,” he said. “It kind of hits me in waves. I’ll go for awhile without thinking about it, then I’ll go three or four hit me right in a row.”

 Listening to new music, Lynch said, “gets my creative juices going.”

He said his iPod is filled with eclectic songs —from 1990s country, classic country, top 40 songs and even rap. His new favorites? Fellow Tennessean Justin Timberlake’s new album, “The 20/20 Experience,” and Bruno Mars’ “Unorthodox Jukebox.”

Now, Lynch said, he’s been busy writing for a new album that is expected to be released sometime next year. 

“I just keep adding to the pile and making sure this second album is as good as the first,” he said. “And continue this great ride we’re having.”

Lynch has also gone viral with the Bicep Chug in which a person sits a beer can on his or her bicep and chugs from it. 

It was born from one night when his bass player and he were hanging out. And his bass player started chugging his beer that he had balanced on his bicep. 

With the hashtag #DLBicepChug, the Bicep Chug has started a Twitter frenzy. People post pics of them attempting the drinking feat.

“It’s goofy and we’re just having fun with it,” he said.

When Lynch has the occasional downtime, he said he likes to spend time with his parents, his sister and niece. He also is an avid hunter and fisherman.

“And if I’m on the East or West Coast, I love to surf,” he said. “If we’re ever doing shows out there and I have an afternoon or morning before a show, I like to catch some waves.”

There will be no surfing at the Youth Fair, but Lynch said he’s looking forward to performing.

“Fairs were kind of like a big deal for me. The Coffee County (Tenn.) Fair was a big deal. There weren’t many amusement parks near us, so you’d go ride the rides, watch the tractor pull and eat some delicious fried foods that people come out with,” he said.

He said he’s always looking forward to the things that can be fried to perfection at fairs.

The weirdest food he’s seen has been fried bacon lemonade. He passed. But he has tried fried butter. 

“It was pretty tasty, but after two bites you got a stomachache,” he said.

But the night he’ll be at the fair, it’ll be about the music.

And for Lynch, country music “is the soundtrack to my life.”

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