Last winter, Dustin Lynch opened up for Keith Urban on his “Light The Fuse” tour, and you may have heard by now that he will be joining Luke Bryan on his extended “That’s My Kind Of Night” tour this winter. This past weekend, I enjoyed the “Cowboys and Angels” star as he headlined two bar shows. Friday, October 25, he played at Eight Seconds Saloon in Indianapolis, and Saturday, October 26, at Rusty Spur in Fort Wayne.
Kicking off the night was Drew Baldridge, and let me tell you, he did not disappoint. Drew is an intriguing combination of Luke Bryan (he shakes it and all, ladies) mixed with the country simplicity of Easton Corbin. His energy was through the roof, singing everything from his upbeat original song “BYOB” to Good ole Johnny Cash’s “Folsom Prison Blues”. He continued to engage the crowd with a 90’s pop medley consisting of “Fly” by Sugar Ray and Smash Mouth’s famous “Allstar” all while continuing to shake it, country style. His stage presence commended the fans’ attention and everyone was buzzing about him afterwards. Keep this man on your radar! He is going to do some big things!
The crowd was still hyped from Drew Baldridge, and many had been in line waiting for six hours or more for a good spot up by the stage. With the anticipation so high for Dustin Lynch, you can just imagine the roar of excitement when the strobe lights flashed and the drum kicks to Dustin’s newest single “Hell Of A Night” filled the room. Intense. He entered the stage, Reba cup in hand and ready to show us a “good, good time”. After revving up with fan favorites like “She Cranks My Tractor” and “Halo”, Lynch brought us back to the classics with his cover of David Lee Murphy’s “Dust On The Bottle” while everyone raised their bottles and sang right along.
Dustin is not only a phenomenal performer, but he’s a gifted songwriter. He draws inspiration from his experiences while touring, writing songs such as “To The Sky”. He explained that it’s about observing all of the fans in the audience respond to the music, “Whatever you’ve got to raise up, you can’t get it high enough, your hands or your phone or your cup”. It’s a catchy song that will make you want to “get up on your feet” just as the lyrics suggest. Keeping the momentum going, he played “Name On It” also written by himself, inspired by his experiences at a Justin Moore concert.
Introducing his band is something that Lynch prioritizes. During his cover of Drake’s “Hold On, We’re Going Home” his drummer plays a minute long solo leading into a cover of “Rodeo” by Garth Brooks. Each of his band members have several solos in which Dustin will rock out to in encouragement and pride as well. Their chemistry is beyond that of most live performers and their intensity while performing together is what sets their shows on fire!
Slowing things down for a bit, Dustin had all four of his band members line up across the stage to sit down, instruments in hand, for an acoustic version of “She Wants A Cowboy”. This is a song he wrote on his sophomore album, completely stepping aside from the “bro country” that is currently flooding airwaves, and bringing back that George Strait inspired country sound. His band then takes a small break while he continues to sing an acoustic cover of “It’s A Great Day To Be Alive” – a lively sing-a-long for the audience to eagerly participate in.
Dustin got the crowd riled up again by singing a few more original songs before playing the crowd favorite “Friends in Low Places”. Unique to Saturday night’s show, Drew Baldridge suprised everyone and joined the stage for the second verse! Now, if you’re a Garth fan, you know that when he performs this song live, there is that infamous third verse. Most artists don’t play it during their covers, but Dustin makes it a point to bring as much attention to it as as possible, even pausing to feature his famous #DLBicepChug. He then scours the crowd to make sure everyone has finished the drink in their hand before continuing, calls out whoever has alcohol left, and starts the chant “CHUG, CHUG, CHUG!” until they comply. Whew! With Baldridge still on stage, he starts rocking the Def Leppard classic, “Pour Some Sugar On Me” and after building the climax, he finishes up the third verse of “Friends In Low Places” as Baldridge exits the stage.
Wrapping up a majestic night, the familiar guitar licks in “Where It’s At” are played and the audience goes wild over this chart-topping #1 hit. What a way to close out “One Hell Of A Night”!
If you’ve never caught a Dustin Lynch concert performance, I highly suggest you check out his upcoming tour dates and quickly purchase tickets to the show nearest you!
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