Dustin Lynch is country’s Mr. Modest

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Rising country star Dustin Lynch can call his mom his biggest fan. And nobody got a bigger thrill out US Weekly dubbing him one of 2014’s “
“Sexiest Men of Country than her.

“I get a lot of (crap) from my band members,” Lynch says with a laugh. “But my mom’s pretty pumped up about it.”

The 29-year-old Lynch saves tickets for his mom for most of his gigs, including Country Thunder in Florence, where he’ll perform from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Sunday, April 12, in the prime spot—right before Luke Bryan.

“Yeah, it’s great,” he says about the placement. “I think we’ve been to Country Thunder before, a few years back. Maybe. Maybe I’m making that up. It’s a big party.

“I love what music festivals are all about—the hang before and after the concert. I love getting out there in the middle of the campgrounds. That’s what’s so neat about country music. The fans always show how supportive and loyal they are. They’re just like me. I like to get the party started early—and then I take that energy to the stage with me.”

Since releasing his platinum debut single, “Cowboys and Angels,” Lynch has racked up more than 20.5 million views on YouTube/VEVO and sold more than 2.2 million digital singles.

Lynch calls his music a combination of traditional influences and an edgy, fresh intensity. He showcases this theme throughout his sophomore album, Where It’s At, which debuted at No. 1 on the iTunes Country Albums Chart.

“This is going to be a life-changing year for us,” he says. “This year is all about growing our fan base and taking our music to people who haven’t seen us yet.”

But he doesn’t shoulder the responsibility. He says his team is to thank for his success.

“They believe in me as a person, my songs,” he says. “I do have a great team. It’s not because of me, but the people who are out working for me.”

He likens his team to his fans, in that his management, production and promotions folks invest in more than just his music.

“They’re interested in your lives and what you’re about,” he says. “I think that’s why country artists have more longevity. There are fans who care about you as a person. Maybe they relate to your songs. Who knows? I’m just glad it happens.”

DUSTIN LYNCH AT COUNTRY THUNDER, 20585 E. Price (Station) Road, Florence, arizona.countrythunder.com, Sunday, April 12, 7 p.m., prices vary

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