Modern day Country artist Dustin Lynch will roll into Stockton headlining his ‘Ride or Die’ Tour on Thursday, Dec. 7 at the Bob Hope Theatre at 6:30 p.m. with special guest Ryan Hurd. His third studio album Current Mood was released in September and the Ride or Die Tour kicked off earlier this month. Before the album was released “Seein’ Red” and “Small Town Boy” were both certified Gold.
“It is amazing to have two songs already Gold before we had released the album … it is a very big confidence booster,” said Lynch. “This body of work is already viewed as a big success for me and my career and my team and we are just looking to build on that now.”
The country star has come a long way from the small town of Tullahoma, Tennessee performing on the Today Show, Lip Sync Battle, Late Night with Seth Meyers, and Jimmy Kimmel Live, to name a few and most recently Lynch was asked to perform at the Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade.
“It (doing other shows) is a challenge though and that is what I love,” added Lynch. “It is fun to throw in something that is challenging and something that is out of my wheel house that I am not used to. Lip Sync Battles was one of those days of my life that I was going, I don’t know what in the heck I am doing here but I like it and it is a challenge. You learn from it, you grow from it, and I got to show a different side of myself that I think a lot of folks didn’t realize that I can go hard on the Karaoke mic and get after it on stage with some dance moves that I usually don’t get to pull out.”
He has toured with country superstars including Keith Urban, Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, and Brad Paisley and two years ago headlined shows of his own. With the release of “Current Mood” Lynch explained that it was a great reason to get out and tour on his own once again.
Opening for Lynch in Stockton is Ryan Hurd, a country music songwriter and recording artist.
“This is a tour that, I will say this, it is pretty much we have had such a life changing year that it is kind of our parade lap, our let’s throw some parties at the end of the year and just have some fun,” stated Lynch. “He has had a lot of success as a song writer and he will be out there rocking and rolling. So Ryan’s energy is going to be perfect for that. We are going to throw a big party and hope people show up.”
The new album has 13 songs that Lynch expressed were inspired by things that he has lived through including events that have happened, relationships, and travels.
“All these songs are a part of who I am today and have made me who I am today,” stated Lynch. “I don’t really put a lot of my personal life on social media so this is my way to give people a peek behind that curtain.”
The high energy celebration on Thursday night is sure to entertain fans and have them on their feet singing and dancing, according to Lynch.
“You know our goal every night is to get the crowd involved as much as we can so we may bring people up on stage, we may come out into the crowd and play some songs,” expressed Lynch. “It really is all about that connection and that feeling that you can only get at a live show.
“Like I said this is our parade lap, we are putting on a big house party pretty much and hopefully everybody comes out and is a part of that.”