If you are ready for some new music from Dustin Lynch, he is about to deliver. Dustin’s new album on Broken Bow Records, Where It’s At, will be in stores on September 9. This is a great follow-up to his No. 1, self-titled debut album. I spent much of the Labor Day weekend listening to an advance copy of the CD, and enjoying what I was hearing. There are 15 songs on the new album, and Dustin co-wrote five of them.
By now, everyone who listens to country radio has heard the title track, “Where It’s At,” Dustin’s current single. For most of us, even if the word ‘yep’ never had a place in our vocabulary, we might have found ourselves saying ‘yep, yep’ since the first time we heard that song. It’s one of my favorite songs on the radio right now, and I’m not alone. The song is already sitting in the No. 5 spot on the Top 40 Country Chart.
The writing credits on this album are impressive, with most of the names being very familiar to fans of country music. Rhett Akins, Ash Bowers, Ben Hayslip and Zach Crowell are among this list of songwriters who took part in taking this album from start to fantastic finish.
Where It’s At track listing
Hell of a Night
To the Sky
Where It’s At
Where We Want It
She Wants a Cowboy
Sing It to Me
Middle of Nowhere
World to Me
What You Wanna Hear
Your Daddy’s Boots
My favorite song on this album is “She Wants a Cowboy”. I hope Dustin will consider releasing that one as a single. There was nothing on the album that I didn’t like, and there was nothing that doesn’t fit in with what we are used to hearing Dustin do. I hope this kid never decides to lose the cowboy hat. And, I hope he never gets away from the kind of music he is giving us now.
“Sing It To Me” is another song that is unquestionably ready for the radio. Like “She Wants a Cowboy,” Dustin had a hand in writing “Sing It To Me”. There were some early Dustin Lynch songs that will never be among my favorites. But it seems he has left things like “She Cranks My Tractor” in the past. He’s growing, both in his writing and performing skills. He seems to be doing absolutely everything right these days.
The album closes out with “Your Daddy’s Boots” and “American Prayer”. They are both slow to mid-tempo, both great stories, both songs that will get you thinking. Yet the subject matter in both songs is completely different. Dustin has a great mix on this album. It’s all good country music. “Hell of a Night” and “To the Sky” start the album off in the first and second spot. While these are fast, and you might want to turn the volume up on them, they are still country enough that I don’t think they fall into a ‘rock’ category. For me, that’s a good thing.
“It’s where I am as a person and an artist,” Dustin told Rolling Stone Country. “All the songs on the record are moments I’ve captured and pull down. They were inspired by my excitement for life. So [the album title] Where It’s At sounds pretty perfect”.
The new album will be in stores in just a few days, but if you prefer, you can still pre-order atiTunes. Either way, you are definitely going to want this album in your CD player before very long!
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Back with more soon. In the meantime, I have an album to enjoy!