Country music singer/songwriter Dustin Lynch recently visited the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville and participated in an exclusive GRAMMY.com interview. Lynch discussed what inspires him to write songs, meeting country music legends and his self-titled debut album, among other topics.
"My brain never turns off of songwriting. Every conversation, everything I see, I'm just kind of like a sponge and I soak it up," said Lynch. "I draw inspiration from anything and everybody and that's what country music is to me … real life stories and real life emotions."
Tullahoma, Tenn. native Lynch honed his songwriting skills at Nashville's legendary Bluebird Cafe, where GRAMMY-winning songwriters such as Don Schlitz and Paul Overstreet penned some of country music's greatest songs. In 2011 Lynch signed with Broken Bow Records and wrote more than 200 songs in less than two years, including his 2012 debut single "Cowboys And Angels," which he co-wrote with Josh Leo and GRAMMY winner Tim Nichols.
"Cowboys And Angels" peaked at No. 2 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart and helped Lynch's 2012 self-titled album climb to No. 13 on the Billboard 200. Co-produced by Brett Beavers and GRAMMY-winning engineer Luke Wooten, David Lynch features 14 tracks, 10 of which were written or co-written by Lynch, including the Country Songs hit "She Cranks My Tractor." Lynch is currently in the midst of a U.S. tour and is expected to kick off a North American tour in support of GRAMMY winners Keith Urban and Little Big Town in July, with dates scheduled through December.