Dustin Lynch performs at Joyland in Bradenton

The 'Cowboys and Angels' singer performs Friday

April 10, 2014 

See Dustin Lynch in concert Friday at Joyland in Bradenton. PUBLICITY PHOTO

Not too many artists have made a bigger splash with their first album than Dustin Lynch.

He was pretty much an unknown when "Dustin Lynch" came out in 2012, on the indie country label Broken Bow. The album went to No. 1 on the country chart and reached No. 13 on the U.S. chart. The first single from the album, "Cowboys and Angels," went to No. 2 and earned Lynch a platinum record. The follow-up singles from the album, "She Cranks My Tractor" and "Wild in Your Smile," were lesser hits.

"People" magazine called the album "one of the year's best debuts." Rolling Stone called Lynch "the new hat in town."

Lynch has a brand-new single -- "Where It's At" was released March 31 -- and a new album out soon, produced by the same team that helped make his debut such a phenomenon. The day after the single hit the radio, the album "Working Man's Poet: A Tribute to Merle Haggard" came out, with two songs of Haggard's songs ("That's the Way Loves Goes" and "I Think I'll Just Stay Here and Drink") performed by Lynch. And he's just finished touring the country opening for Keith Urban on the "Light My Fuse" tour.

And now Dustin Lynch is coming to Bradenton as a headliner.

He'll be at Joyland on Friday.

Details: Doors open 7 p.m. April 11, Joyland, 5520 14th St., Bradenton. Tickets: $15 advance, $20 door. Information: (941) 756-6060.www.joylandcountry.com.

-- Marty Clear

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