On Saturday, Febuary 13th Dustin Lynch’s Hell of A Night Tour pulled into a sold out show at The Fillmore in Silver Spring, MD. Although it was a negative seven degrees that night, it didn’t stop fans from lining up hours before the show to get a good standing spot.
DJ Hish opened things up and got the party started. He also entertained the crowd in between sets. DJ Hish was also the winner of our #CMchatty award for Must Follow DJ. He is highly active on twitter and very well liked by country music fans worldwide. He did his part to make sure the concert goers were entertained and enjoyed their experience. I thought it was a nice touch to the entire tour experience.
Tyler Rich, a northern California boy, was first to perform. Acoustic sets are my favorite, as it gives you an idea of the performer’s artistry. I missed half of his set due to a meet and greet, however, what I did see, I liked…A LOT! His acoustic version of Blackstreet’s “No Diggity” was unique, raw and fresh. He didn’t need graphics and a band or big props, he just played a guitar and sang. Rich also was a winner for our #CMchatty award in the One To Watch 2015 category. I can see why fans voted for him, he has that “it” factor that can’t quite be explained.
Big Loud Record’s Chris Lane took the stage and I literally thought the venue would collapse. It was turned up to the highest level possible. He was energized and seemed to know exactly how to interact with the crowd. Opening with “Broken Windshield View” was a clever choice. It was a song fans would know right off the bat. Lane also covered a wide variety of R&B songs such as The Weeknds “I Can’t Feel My Face” and Mario’s “Let Me Love You.” He also threw a little whip nae nae in the mix. I would have loved to see him do some country music covers as well, but one thing that definitely stood out to me was his ability to perform. Lane is probably one of the strongest performers that I’ve seen. Passion really illuminates from him. From start to finish Lane was entertaining and never lacked the ability to put on a good solid performance. His set was fun, lively and engaging.
Broken Bow Record’s Dustin Lynch came out strong with “To The Sky” which is a track from his studio album Where It’s At. Lynch never disappointed vocally. He is a powerful vocalist with amazing stage presence. He is very relatable and personable which makes his performance stand out. Lynch played a number of songs off Where It’s At including “Sing It To Me” and “Middle Of No Where.” Lynch also performed songs from his self-titled debut album — “Hurricane” and “Name On It” particularly stood out.
As might be expected Lynch also performed his hit singles “Cowboys & Angels” and “She Cranks My Tractor.” The entire show was action packed. Lynch has grown tremendously over the past two years as an artist. He has truly came into his own as a performer. He was fire from beginning to end and left it all on the stage. Lynch ended his set with “Hell Of A Night” and his hit song “Where It’s At” as his guitar player, Colin Healy, crowd surfed in a rubber boat…well I thought it was brilliant. However, that WOW moment for me was during his performance of a new song titled “Small Town Boy Like Me,” which is a love story where the leading lady can be anywhere in the world but still chooses him. It was a very intimate and flawless. Lynch’s entire performance showed his vocal and musical expertise. The Hell Of A Night Tour is jam packed with enjoyment, excitement and untamed fun. Dustin Lynch is one hell of an artist.
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