The Grand Ole Opry brings country music legends like Bill Anderson and Jimmy Dickens, today’s superstars like Carrie Underwood and Blake Shelton, and up-and-coming artists together on one stage creating unforgettable shows every week. Into The Circle introduces the newest Opry performers as they make their Grand Ole Opry debut and step into the circle for the first time.
“The Opry is one of the most hallowed stages in the world of music because of its history and tradition,” Dustin Lynch says. “Growing up, I watched my idols grace the stage and I dreamed of playing that stage and dreamed of becoming a member of the Opry one day. One of these dreams is coming true.”
Dustin Lynch made his Grand Ole Opry debut on Friday, March 2 where he stepped into the circle for the first time. He’s among the new artists Billboard‘s calling one of the “Most Anticipated Debuts of 2012.”
Dustin was excited throughout the week leading up to his debut, and once he arrived at the Opry House, he tweeted his dream.
This is what a dream looks like! say.ly/AmF1w6h
— Dustin Lynch (@dustinlynch) March 2, 2012
Dustin is from Tullahoma, TN, only 90 minutes away from the heart of Nashville. When it came time for college, he moved closer into the city to attend David Lipscomb University – partly because the school is less than 2 miles from the Bluebird Café, one of Nashville’s premier songwriters clubs. Eventually, he moved into one of the apartments behind the Bluebird’s back parking lot, and would walk over several nights a week to watch and learn from established songwriters.
“I was soaking it in, trying to be a sponge. I was mainly trying to hear the story behind the song, how it came about, what it’s really about,” says Dustin. “There’s something about the songwriter’s realm. You get a little more grip on the way it was written and why it was written and how they got the finished product.”
That education paid off, and Lynch was soon performing and establishing himself at the Bluebird. Within a few months, he had a publishing deal, churning out over 200 songs in the next two years. He was signed to Broken Bow records, and is currently working on his debut album, expected later this year. His debut single, “Cowboys and Angels,” is currently available. Click play to watch the music video.