As a country music fan who travels endlessly across the border to Michigan and Ohio for various concerts, there is nothing more satisfying than when a hometown venue announces an upcoming show – especially if the headlining act is one of your favorites in the genre. Although not originally planned for the tour, the stars aligned for Dustin Lynch to perform a sold-out show at The Colosseum at Caesars Windsor on a chilly Sunday, November evening.
The opening number was an experience in itself as Dustin’s voice carried across the speakers and the lights began to dance in front of a creative background video screen showing pre-show rituals and band member profiles. The first line of lyrics came thundering through the venue as Dustin appeared from the side of the stage and I had a small moment of personal gratification as “Here We Come” launched into the chorus. I had it pegged as the opening song back in September on my Current Mood album review.
Managing to squeeze fifteen songs into one night was no small feat and Dustin had the crowd on their feet for the entire hour and a half that he performed. The setlist that night was a solid mix of his numerous number one hits, a select few from his newest album, as well as minute long cover tributes to the established country music artists he’s toured with over the last few years – Brad Paisley, Florida Georgia Line, and Keith Urban to name a few.
While “Seein’ Red” and most recent number one hit “Small Town Boy” garnered the biggest sing-along moments of the night and new song “Why Not Tonight” and current radio single “I’d Be Jealous Too” had the crowd dancing endlessly, a full rounded concert always includes a few more sentimental serious and perhaps sexy numbers which Dustin Lynch displayed with “Love Me Or Leave Me Alone,” “New Girl” and “Back On It.”
My friends will quote me from the past as saying I got a little tired of hearing “Cowboys and Angels” as a mainstay at every show I’ve been to but the truth of the matter is that song will always be special and capacity crowds still know every sentimental word. He even surprised the crowd by throwing in a few non-country covers which garnered just as much response as any of his hits. I guess people still love a little Usher and Def Leppard when it blares over a sound system no matter who sings it.
Overall, this was probably one of the most successful shows I attended in 2017 because I’ve been able to watch Dustin Lynch progress from headlining small county fairs to opening for some of the biggest names in current country music to headlining his own fall tour. As an artist and performer, he has grown exponentially as he’s become more comfortable interacting with thousands of screaming fans and just genuinely looking like he’s having the time of his life up on the stage.
Here’s to you, Dustin Lynch.
Here’s to 2018.
I can’t wait to see where my travels will take me to see you in the upcoming year.