Dustin Lynch Keeps His Eyes On His Audience…And On Keith Urban

"I wanted more people to finish their hot dogs before we played the single."
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Radio.com has been on a Country Jet Set Tour of the American South, traveling to seven cities to see seven different artists in seven consecutive days. And this isn’t any ordinary road trip either, as we’re traveling by private jet! Below is our latest installment.

Day Six: Bossier City, Louisiana

If you’ve ever seen Dustin Lynch perform, you’re familiar with his wide smile. In person he’s plenty friendly, too, but what comes clear once you talk to him for any length of time is  he’s also laser-focused on the intricacies of his music and career. Whether it’s writing songs, keeping tabs on the singles charts, or shifting the order of the songs in his live show each night, the Tennessee artist is never sitting still. He’s paying close attention to every detail.

And for good reason. Lynch is an up-and-coming artist with just one album to his name so far and one Top 5 single (last year’s “Cowboys and Angels”), so he’s got to stay focused if he wants to keep growing his fanbase and moving his career forward.

Lynch is currently touring as the opening act on Keith Urban‘s Light the Fuse Tour (which also features Little Big Town). Radio.com caught up with Lynch backstage after his set this past Saturday (Oct. 26) at the CenturyLink Center in Bossier City, Louisiana.

Related: Dustin Lynch says he watches Keith Urban’s set every night

“Every show we learn something new,” Lynch explained. “This past week we added a couple new endings. And then we realized we were a little short of our 30 minute slot–which is a long slot for an opening act. We’re blessed to have 30 minutes, and we were using about 28 and 15 seconds. So we changed the set and added some new stuff. It’s fun, man, that’s what we live to be. Tonight was the first time we ran that show.”

See what we mean about precision? He found he had 105 seconds of set time that he was not using–so he moved quickly to remedy the situation.

When Lynch talks, his eyes are as wide as his smile. His answers and stories come fast, too, but another thing you also quickly notice is that he listens–and does so with intensity. While ambitious, he has less experience than many other artists around him. So to his credit, he’s not only willing but truly eager to hear what they have to say.

He also listens to his audience each night–or, rather, he reads the crowd and makes decisions based on what he sees.

“We were in Tulsa, Oklahoma last night,” Lynch said, “and I felt like doing a Garth Brooks song [Brooks hails from Tulsa]. So we added ['Friends in Low Places'] to the set. We just did a verse-chorus last night, and we realized it wasn’t long enough, so we had to to most of the song tonight. He’s the reason I got into country music when I was two feet tall, so I like to play Garth whenever I can. And it seems to be working, so we’ll probably keep doing it.”

Read more from our Dustin Lynch interview on Radio.com

 

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