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Wild in his smile

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — It’s been nearly a month since Dustin Lynch started touring with Keith Urban and Little Big Town. And the rising country star couldn’t be happier.

“We’ve already created this tight-knit family,” he says during a recent phone interview. “This is also my first very big tour and I’ve tried to catch all the shows so I can learn from how they all perform.”

Lynch isn’t doing so bad for himself in the country world. His self-titled debut album was released last year and he became the only new male act to debut at No. 1 on the country album charts.

His first single, “Cowboys and Angels,” also was on Billboard’s Top 5 country songs of 2012.

His current single, “Wild In Your Smile,” is already a top 20 hit on radio and is ranked at No. 1 on the MTV Music Meter, which measures buzz on emerging artists.

“I’ll take all of that,” he says. “But I’ve got so much more to go with this. It’s nice to be embraced from the starting gate. I want to still be embraced years from now.”

With his debut album out a year, Lynch says he’s in the writing process for his next album. He’s been co-writing with others and actually prefers it.

“I only write alone when the song is extremely personal,” he says. “Collaborating with others helps me open my mind up more and then I get the chance to get some immediate feedback.”

Lynch cut his teeth as a songwriter before breaking out on his own and starting his solo career.

He would listen to musicians at the famous Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, Tenn., and gain ideas from them. Soon after, he was signed to a record deal with Broken Bow Records and that’s when his career began.

“I was soaking everything in and wanted to get better both as a writer and a musician,” he says. “It was important for me to get it right on the first try.”

Since the release, he’s quickly racked up the accolades and is one to watch in the country music industry.

“I want to be able to have those songs that are legendary,” he says. “I look at songs done by George Strait and Garth Brooks. A lot of their songs have stood the test of time. I want mine to do that as well.”