The second Dustin Lynch heard his brand new single, he knew it was definitely "Where It's At."
"It's kind of that laid-back groove that we just didn't get a chance to put out yet," Lynch says of the hooky new tune.
That is, until now. Back when the Tennessee native was thinking about a lead single for his second album, he knew exactly the kind of song he wanted. Thanks to his trusting team at Broken Bow Records, he was given free rein to choose whatever he liked.
"I got to choose the single," Lynch told me recently. "My record label gave me a chance to pick one, so that was a big deal -- a huge weight on my shoulders. I prayed about it a lot and took my time and did my research."
All that careful consideration and prayer definitely paid off. If a danceable, smile-inducing groove is what he was after, he's picked a winner.
Still, it's not often you hear of a big record label allowing a relatively new artist to have such freedom and creative control.
"I'm so blessed to be on Broken Bow Records, to have them trust me as an artist," he said. "It's for sure something we go at as a team. I listen to their opinions. They listen to mine, but the final say they did give to me.
"That's what you dream of happening, when you move to Nashville. You dream of making music you want to make and putting out songs that you want to put out -- 'Where It's At' is definitely that."
So, was it the catchy "yep, yeps" or that infectious little hook that sealed the deal for the singer?
"For me, it's just so identifiable from the first note," he said. "I think it's gonna have the same effect with people that hear it and go, 'Whoa, what's this? Who's this?' I think that's what 'Cowboys and Angels' did, and I kinda want to keep that train going."
Don't worry, buddy, that train is definitely not slowing down. "Where It's At" was country radio's most-added song during its debut week and is set to hit iTunes on Monday (April 14).