After spending the past two years becoming a “road warrior” on the country music scene, Dustin Lynch has no jitters playing football stadiums filled with 50,000 fans.
Lynch, who just notched his third No. 1 country radio hit with “Mind Reader,” is a rising star who has learned to play huge crowds while opening concerts for superstar Luke Bryan.
He’ll play his high-energy set at 5:45 p.m. Sunday at Bayou Country Superfest, getting the crowd primed for Dierks Bentley and Jason Aldean.
“It’s my job to get these people up, get them dancing and get them standing,” Lynch, 31, said. “Some of them are still trying to find their seats. Some of them are trying to get their first beer down, so they haven’t found the buzz they’re looking for. It’s our job to get them up.”
On his albums, Lynch offers a mix of traditional country and rocking party songs. His self-titled debut, released in 2012, sold over 100,000 copies, and his single “Cowboys and Angels” was certified platinum. His follow-up, “Where It’s At,” featured three No. 1 singles on the Country Airplay charts.
“I pride myself on the last album,” he said. “We spread our wings and put out a super rocking song that really did blur the lines. Country music, in general ... the lines are getting a lot more blurry.”
The traditional country songs “She Wants a Cowboy” or “Daddy’s Boots” shared space with the rocker “Hell of a Night,” with lyrics about a wild Saturday night.
That formula of edgier rockers and classic country tunes has served him well.
“There’s room for all of it,” Lynch said. “Luckily, the fans have allowed me to have success in both worlds.”
Lynch just entered the studio to record his third album. With five songs cut, he’s writing more and looking for tunes he would like to include, either rockers or ballads.
But this weekend in Tiger Stadium, don’t expect Lynch to play many slow songs. He plans to keep people dancing.
“There’s not going to be a whole lot of ballads,” he said. “I promise you that.”