Dustin Lynch

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Dustin Lynch
Lynch in 2021
Background information
Birth nameDustin Charles Lynch
Born (1985-05-14) May 14, 1985 (age 38)
Tullahoma, Tennessee, U.S.
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • Vocals
  • guitar
Years active2011–present
LabelsBroken Bow

Dustin Charles Lynch (born May 14, 1985)[1] is an American country music singer and songwriter, signed to Broken Bow Records. Lynch has released five albums and one EP for the label: a self-titled album in 2012, Where It's At in 2014, Current Mood in 2017, Tullahoma in 2020, and Blue in the Sky in 2022. He has also released seventeen singles, of which eight have reached number one on Country Airplay.

Early life and education[edit]

Dustin Charles Lynch was born in Tullahoma, Tennessee, on May 14, 1985.[2]

In 2003, Lynch graduated from Tullahoma High School. In 2007, Lynch graduated from Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee with a B.S. degree in biology. He said he chose Lipscomb because it is located near the Bluebird Café where he would play and learn the craft of songwriting while attending college.[3][4] Although Lynch said he was interested in going to medical school, he decided to pursue a career in music.[5]

Music career[edit]

Lynch said he started playing guitar when he was around 8 or 9 but soon abandoned it, and then picked it up again at 15. When he was 16, he performed at the Bluebird Café in Nashville on an open mic night and was well received by the audience, so he decided to start a band.[5]

2011–2013: Dustin Lynch[edit]

Dustin Lynch in 2013

Lynch was first signed to Valory Music Group, and when one of its executives left to join Broken Bow Records, Lynch followed and signed with Broken Bow Records in late 2011.[4] He released his debut single, "Cowboys and Angels" in January 2012. Lynch wrote the song with Josh Leo and Tim Nichols.[6] That same month, Country Weekly began streaming his songs on its website.[7]

The self-titled debut album, Dustin Lynch, was released in August 2012 and reached number one on the Top Country Albums chart.[8] The album's second single, "She Cranks My Tractor," became his second top 20 hit in early 2013. It was followed by "Wild in Your Smile," which made the top 30.

Lynch co-wrote the song "Somebody Somewhere" by Dallas Smith, as well as James Wesley's 2013 single "Thank a Farmer."[9]

2014–2015: Where It's At[edit]

Dustin Lynch in concert in 2015

In early 2014, Lynch released his fourth single and the lead single from his second album, "Where It's At." It became his first number one single on the Country Airplay chart in September 2014, and the album of the same name was released on September 9, 2014. "Hell of a Night," and "Mind Reader" were released to country radio as the album's second and third singles, both of which also reached number one on the Country Airplay charts.

2016–2021: Current Mood and Tullahoma[edit]

"Seein' Red" was released on July 11, 2016 as the lead single from Lynch's third studio album Current Mood.[10] It hit number one on the Country Airplay chart for the week dated February 25, 2017. "Small Town Boy" was released on March 20, 2017 as the second single. Following the album's release on September 8, 2017, "I'd Be Jealous Too" was released on October 23, 2017 as the album's third single.

In November 2017, Lynch made an appearance at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, performing his hit single "Small Town Boy." On September 18, 2018 he was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry.[11] He co-wrote Brett Kissel's 2018 hit "Guitars and Gasoline."[12]

In May 2018, Lynch released the single "Good Girl."[13] An EP entitled Ridin' Roads was released on March 8, 2019.[14] Its title track was released to country radio, and reached number one on the Country Airplay in 2020. It would also become the second single from his fourth studio album, Tullahoma, which was released on January 17, 2020.[15] The album's third single "Momma's House" was released to country radio on February 3, 2020.[16] "Red Dirt, Blue Eyes" was released to country radio in Australia as the third single on March 30, 2020.[17] A re-recorded version of "Thinking 'Bout You" featuring MacKenzie Porter was released to country radio in May 2021.[18]

2021–present: Blue in the Sky and Killed the Cowboy[edit]

Ahead of his fifth studio album, Lynch released the promotional single "Tequila on a Boat" featuring Chris Lane, on May 14, 2021.[19] The album, Blue in the Sky, was released on February 11, 2022,[20] and features the single "Party Mode".[21]

On September 8, 2023, Lynch released the song "Killed the Cowboy" as the lead single off his upcoming sixth album of the same name; it will be released on September 29, 2023.[22]


Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Result Ref.
2012 American Country Awards Single of the Year: New Artist – "Cowboys and Angels" Won [23]
Music Video of the Year: New Artist – "Cowboys and Angels" Won
2014 Academy of Country Music Awards Top New Artist of the Year Won [24]
2018 CMT Music Awards Male Video of the Year: "Small Town Boy" Won [25]
2018 iHeartRadio Music Awards Country Song of the Year: "Small Town Boy" Won [26]
2020 Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) BMI Country Awards: "Good Girl" Won [27]
2020 Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) BMI Country Awards: "Ridin' Roads" Won [28]


  1. ^ "Dustin Lynch Rides High With "Cowboys and Angels"". CMT.com. Retrieved 2015-04-30.
  2. ^ "Biography". Archived from the original on April 9, 2012. Retrieved April 18, 2012.
  3. ^ Shelburne, Craig (September 27, 2012). "Dustin Lynch's College Years Paved the Way for Country Career". CMT News.
  4. ^ a b Dukes, Billy (August 31, 2012). "Dustin Lynch Interview: 'Cowboys and Angels' Singer's Journey Begins and Ends at Home". Taste of Country.
  5. ^ a b McGee, Mark (September 12, 2012). "Where are they now? Dustin Lynch". Lipscomb University Athletic.
  6. ^ "Broken Bow Records Introduces Dustin Lynch". Broken Bow Records. January 17, 2012. Retrieved January 25, 2012.
  7. ^ "Meet Dustin Lynch". Country Weekly. January 18, 2012. Retrieved January 25, 2012.
  8. ^ Betts, Stephen L. (August 30, 2012). "Dustin Lynch Scores No. 1 Debut Album!". The Boot.
  9. ^ Dauphin, Chuck (27 May 2013). "James Wesley Sets Up Debut Album With 'Thank a Farmer'". Billboard. Retrieved 23 February 2014.
  10. ^ Casey, Jim (August 9, 2017). "Dustin Lynch Announces New Album, 'Current Mood,' and Headlining Tour". Nash Country Daily. Retrieved August 10, 2017.
  11. ^ Snapp, Lauryn (September 19, 2018). "Dustin Lynch Is The Grand Ole Opry's Newest Member". iHeart Radio. Retrieved March 8, 2019.
  12. ^ "We Were That Song - Brett Kissel | Releases". AllMusic. Retrieved January 9, 2020.
  13. ^ Carr, Courtney. "Dustin Lynch Drops Surprise New Single, 'Good Girl' [LISTEN]". The Boot. Retrieved March 8, 2019.
  14. ^ Diehl, Bob (11 March 2019). "Dustin Lynch Changes Course on New 'Ridin' Roads' EP". Radio.com. Retrieved March 13, 2019.
  15. ^ "Everything We Know About Dustin Lynch's New Album, 'Tullahoma'". The Boot. Archived from the original on 2019-11-06.
  16. ^ Casey, Jim (January 15, 2020). "Listen to Dustin Lynch's Fiery New Single, "Momma's House"". Nash Country Daily.
  17. ^ "Dustin Lynch – Red Dirt, Blue Eyes". Daily Play MPE. Destiny Media Technologies. March 29, 2020.
  18. ^ Liptak, Carena (March 20, 2021). "Dustin Lynch Teams With MacKenzie Porter for a Conversational New Version of 'Thinking 'Bout You' [Listen]". Taste of Country.
  19. ^ Dustin Lynch - Tequila On A Boat (feat. Chris Lane) — Official Music Video
  20. ^ Dukes, Billy (January 19, 2022). "Dustin Lynch Reveals Surprise 'Blue in the Sky' Album Due in February". Taste of Country.
  21. ^ "WORLD PREMIERE: Dustin Lynch "Party Mode"". Country 102.5. 11 February 2022. Retrieved February 23, 2022.
  22. ^ Lorie Hollabaugh (September 8, 2023). "Dustin Lynch Comes to Personal Crossroads on New LP 'Killed the Cowboy'". Music Row. Retrieved September 8, 2023.
  23. ^ "Dustin Lynch Scores Two American Country Award Nominations For Hit Single "Cowboys And Angels"". CountryMusicRocks.net. October 10, 2012.
  24. ^ "2014 ACM Awards: Complete List of Nominations". 29 January 2014.
  25. ^ "Winners & Nominees by Category - CMT Music Awards 2018". Cmt.com. Retrieved January 18, 2020.
  26. ^ "2018 iHeartRadio Music Awards: See the Full List of Nominees & Winners". Archived from the original on 2018-03-11.
  27. ^ "US: BMG songwriters and artists honored during SESAC, ASCAP, and BMI Country Awards in Nashville". BMG. 2019-11-20. Retrieved 2021-04-05.
  28. ^ Hudak, Joseph (2020-11-09). "2020 BMI Country Awards: 'Whiskey Glasses' Named Song of the Year". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2021-04-05.

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