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Dustin Lynch to play at State Fair before Grand Ole Opry induction

Dustin Lynch’s year has been phenomenal.

His single “Good Girl” has been a staple on country radio.

Not to mention that he’s been on tour for the majority of this year supporting his latest album, “Current Mood.”

Yet the 33-old-singer is on cloud nine with his latest news. He’s being inducted into the Grand Ole Opry on Sept. 18.

“I’m still trying to get my head around it,” he says in a recent phone interview from Nashville, Tenn. “I’m ready. It’s amazing and a surprise because I’d always dreamed of being a member of the Opry. It feels like we’re just getting started and is an honor to be considered. The many legends and idols that I will join is amazing. I get to pick up the torch and carry it down the path.”

Lynch has prepared for this moment for his entire life.

It’s an honor of reverence, he says.

“I can’t help but ask, ‘Why me?’ ” he says. “It’s hard to grasp, and I will carry the tradition of country music.”

In the years since Lynch’s debut album in 2012, he’s made an impact in country music.

Single after single, he’s managed to carve out a place for himself among the greats.

Lynch credits the quick rise to his drive and his time on the road.

Earlier this year, Lynch decided to open up a lot more on his social media accounts.

He used to post about his coming events and a little about his shows. Today, he posts about what goes on behind the scenes to make each show happen.

“Lots of travel, surrounding myself with great crew, and a lot of working out,” he says. “It’s great to see everybody’s comments. We have more in common now. There are deeper conversations with fans now. They get to see a different side of me and it’s working out fantastic. It’s a different dynamic, and I’m thrilled to see it taking place.”

Lynch also built his career from the ground up, on his own.

“I never really had anybody show me the ropes,” he says. “It took me a while to figure out. For me, it’s about continuing to create and trying to find out where I can go. The message is everything for my brand.”

Lynch is also figuring out that releasing singles without an album works out well.

He wrote and recorded his latest single, “Good Girl,” and couldn’t wait to put it out.

The track is produced by Zach Crowell and taps back into the classic-meets-contemporary sound of Lynch’s biggest country hits.

He says the track is a lucky-to-be-me anthem that is all about living the good life – one in which the right partner makes even the best of times better.

“The taste for music is evolving,” he says. “It’s consumed in a different way. With ‘Good Girl,’ we felt strongly about not waiting another year to release it. It just felt like it was a 2018 song. It was scary to take that leap, and we’ve seen it catch on. I’m so glad that we did.”

Lynch is also excited to get back to Albuquerque for the show on Saturday, Sept. 8.

He’s been performing in the city since his career began.

“That place is always crazy,” he says of the crowds in Albuquerque. “They’ve had nothing but support for me the whole time. It’s insane to have that support all the time.”

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