Get to know one of country’s hottest new stars, Dustin Lynch, as he talks to SheKnows.com about his hit single, “Cowboys and Angels.”
Dustin Lynch’s self-titled debut album skyrocketed to No. 1 on the U.S. country charts with the help of his hit single “Cowboys and Angels.” Lynch shares his success story with SheKnows.com and lets us in on a scandalous secret.
Terrible first jobs with big dreams
SK: We know you worked in a chemical lab before you hit it big. Tell us about that.
DL: Yeah. I was actually cutting grass when I first got to Nashville and I realized that wasn’t the best for my voice — I was cutting grass all day and then trying to sing all night. So, I don’t know why I thought it was a better option, but I went to that [chemical lab] job and tested sewage. You know what? It was so terrible [and] it kind of got me in gear. I was like, ‘I’ve got to get this songwriting, singing thing going. So, yeah, I kind of hurried out of that job.
The famous Bluebird Cafe in Nashville
SK: So you ventured over to the Bluebird Cafe, is that correct?
DL: Yeah, well the Bluebird Cafe was the only spot I knew to go to when I moved to [Nashville] nine years ago. I didn’t know a soul here. I knew my hero Garth Brooks hung out at the Bluebird, and so the first night I was in town I went to the Bluebird and fell in love with it. I was trying to be a better songwriter and going there to dream, to dream big. And so that was home base and still is.
Hit singles: “Cowboys and Angels” & “She Cranks My Tractor”
SK: “Cowboys and Angels” is a huge hit. Where did you get the inspiration for that song?
DL: Well, we wrote it about 2½ half years ago… there’s just something about these words (cowboys and angels)… I was so shy around Tim and Josh (fellow songwriters Tim Nichols and Josh Leo) that I didn’t throw any ideas around. Tim started throwing ideas out and about the fourth idea he got to was cowboys and angels — he had it written down in his book, too. So for two guys to have never met each other, to have the same idea, it was [fate].”
SK: Tell us about the music you are working on now?
DL: Well my first album came out in August and debuted at No. 1 (on the U.S. Country Billboard charts), which was just mind-blowing. And so we’ve just been touring around, playing everywhere we can and meeting all sorts of people. We got a new single coming out, my second single, called, “She Cranks My Tractor,” which is not about tractors at all — it’s about country girls.
Thanks so much to Dustin Lynch for taking the time to talk to SheKnows.com.