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Dustin Lynch carries a torch for the music he loves

Country singer Dustin Lynch is touring in support of his new album, “Where It’s At.”

Country singer Dustin Lynch is touring in support of his new album, “Where It’s At.”

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Dustin Lynch has been on a whirlwind of a tour.

The country singer is gearing up for the release of his sophomore album, “Where It’s At,” and all of the promotion behind it.

Lynch’s music has traditional influences with an edgy intensity. And on the album, he doesn’t stray too far from this comfort zone.

“It’s crazy what music can do,” Lynch says during a recent interview. “I’ll do a show and have people come up to me in tears because they are getting to share a story about how my songs have affected their life. That’s so inspiring. I know now that a song can really affect someone’s life and that’s what makes me want to keep doing the best I can do.”

Lynch’s debut album had a lot of success in country music, and one might think he is nervous about releasing a follow-up album. But he says he approached the task with confidence and a sense of purpose.

“For me, it’s all about the songs,” he says. “I’m so confident in these songs, I can’t wait for this album to come out. As a songwriter, I want to see what people gravitate towards.”

His first single, “Where It’s At,” has been a staple on the country charts and Lynch says it’s a song that pulls an audience in.

“It just came to life when we were recording it,” Lynch says of the song. “Musically it’s a new groove that we haven’t done before and it’s a sweet song. It says there’s no better place on the planet than with somebody you love. It’s a great message. That’s what I like to do with my music – hopefully impact people in a positive way.”

Lynch says he put in a lot of hard work into the new album.

“I want to do everything I can possibly do to be the best I can be,” Lynch says.

“I never give myself a day off. If you have a list of things that I’ve accomplished, I probably couldn’t tell you a tenth of them because it’s always about what’s happening next. Every time we take that stage is a nice little pat on the back, a nice little present. I love what I’m doing right now. …I wear a cowboy hat. It’s who I am and, weirdly enough, in country music, cowboy hats are few and far between right now. I’m glad it’s that way. The door is open for a young guy like me to come in and carry that torch. I’m happy to do so.”