He was supposed to get home to Nashville from a show in Georgia at midnight. Justin Lynch didn’t get home till 5 in the morning (because a dump truck hit some power lines on the interstate, snarling traffic for hours). So the singer took a one-hour nap, woke up and started tweeting at 6 a.m. Soon thereafter, he was off to his label to firm up the songs that ultimately will make it to the track listing of his much-anticipated second album.
Just another late night/early morning for the country music climber.
“My sleep patterns went out of the door two years ago,” laughs the newly-turned 29-year-old. “If I’m sitting, I’m sleeping. I’ve learned you just got to keep moving and working.”
It’s been a motto that Lynch has relentlessly followed since first coming to Nashville in 2003. His 2012 debut single, “Cowboys and Angels,” finally gave Lynch his first shot at country music stardom, ultimately landing at No. 2 on both the Billboard and Mediabase Hot Country Songs charts.
“There was a time when ‘Cowboys and Angels’ was released when I was always bugging my booking agent for more dates,” says Lynch, who played 312 out of 365 days last year. “I don’t complain anymore. The way I feel is I’m single and I have no kids and basically I don’t care if I wake up in Nashville or Seattle. It doesn’t matter to me.”
Dedicated to treating every show as a first date (“you gotta put on your best pair of blue jeans and your new boots and your best smile”), Lynch says that the actual act of touring the United States has allowed him to take notice of what his fans expect from his music.
“We learned firsthand that not a lot of people in Chicago care about cranking tractors,” chuckles Lynch, referring to the somewhat lackluster chart performance of his 2013 single “She Cranks My Tractor.” “Many of the songs off the first record were recorded four years ago and, since then, I think I have become a much stronger singer ready to show off more of who I really am.”
Currently receiving some early “song of the summer” buzz, Lynch’s latest single “Where It’s At” just might be the shot in the arm that the singer originally from Tullahoma, Tenn., wants to stir up buzz for the new album, set for release this fall.
“I’m pushing myself out of my comfort zone for sure with the new album,” laughs Lynch. “Not so much song- wise; it’s not like I was going to turn in some hip-hop record. But working with a new producer [Mickey Jack Cones] was a change for me. The way he recorded my voice and how far he pushed me in the booth, I just think he was able to take my vocals to another level. At the same time, I was able to discover new things I can do with my voice. He definitely gave me a push over some of my hurdles.”