‘Busy, busy, busy’: Among many other projects, country singer Dustin Lynch opening for Florida Georgia Line at Bryce Jordan Center
Wrapping up a brief interview with rising country star Dustin Lynch, you feel breathless. And not necessarily because you just watched his steamy music video “Seein’ Red.”
The 31-year-old has so many projects in the works, it’s hard to keep up. But Lynch said he definitely is looking forward to returning to central Pennsylvania on March 25 as part of Florida Georgia Line’s “Dig Your Roots” Tour.
“We’ve got a great fan base in Pennsylvania, and we find ourselves there several times a year,” including an outdoor concert in Harrisburg last month, Lynch recently said from Nashville.
Lynch and fellow country pop singer Chris Lane are opening for Florida Georgia Line in a concert at the Bryce Jordan Center that nearly is sold out. Most seats remaining are in the side-stage area, but all three artists are holding tickets for friends and family and could release those spots at any time up until the day of the show, said Bernie Punt, marketing director for the BJC. (Check ticketmaster.com).
Punt said the upcoming concert is Florida Georgia Line’s first headline show in the BJC, but not its first performance there. The three-time Country Music Association Vocal Duo of the Year, along with Lynch, opened for Luke Bryan in 2013.
Lynch also played Bryan’s first leg of “Kill the Lights” Tour last year, and he joined Florida Georgia Line’s tour in January. He will leave that one and join Brad Paisley’s “Life Amplified” World Tour in May.
Last year, Lynch launched his own clothing line called Stay Country and, in December, he won on Spike TV’s “Lip Sync Battle.”
In between tour and other stops, Lynch has been in the studio working on his third album, the first single hit of which was released last summer, “Seein’ Red,” along with a sexy music video.
If that seemed a little too “pop-infused” for his hard-core-classic fans, Lynch released a single in February called “Small Town Boy” that matches his old-fashioned sound first made famous with his debut hit “Cowboys and Angels” in 2012.
“I’ve been blessed to reach both ends of our spectrum … classic sound versus pop-infused,” he said. “It’s a blessing to be able to do both and stretch across the genre. … You have your diehards who get a little uneasy with some pop-infused things, but there’s something for everybody.”
Lynch acknowledged that he “definitely” has more female fans than male; “probably 60-40 is our demographic right now,” he said. “It’s the party demographic, and it’s a big party every time we take the stage.”
He was gearing up to play the Grand Ole Opry later that evening, a gig that he says never gets old. The 31-year-old Tullahoma, Tenn., native moved 80 miles up I-24 to Nashville where he graduated college before launching his country music career. He debuted on the Grand Ole Opry stage in 2012.
“It’s definitely a bucket-list moment for me,” he said. “It’s the biggest stage in the world for country music. Every single time since then, it’s exciting. There’s nothing stale about it.”
Lynch did one headline tour, “Hell of a Night” in 2015, and his second could happen later this fall.
“That’s always up in the air,” he said. “We look at invitations (for other tours) and see what makes sense. … It’d be nice to have a full set length.”
He said he is still learning the ropes.
“I’m in class pretty much, learning from the guys,” he said. “You learn on stage and well as behind the scenes.”
His own road team numbers 17 and a “village” of trucks and buses. “There are so many moving parts to learn,” he said.
Lynch also said he doesn’t really have a deadline for completing his third album.
“Whenever I feel like it’s done,” he said. “I’m still writing, listening for outside songs and getting to the studio. It’s very close; just a couple of big moments that I’m looking for. Maybe this summer, but it’s hard to say.
“I’m busy, busy, busy.”
Mirror Staff Writer Cherie Hicks is at 949-7030.