Friends and family gathered at HQ Beercade in Nashville Wednesday night to celebrate Dustin Lynch’s latest No. 1 hit, “Small Town Boy.”
The 2017 tune became the 32-year-old singers fifth consecutive No. 1 hit in three years and follows No. 1 hits, “Where it’s At,” “Hell of a Night,” “Mind Reader” and “Seein’ Red.”
While guests enjoyed adult beverages and noshed on hot chicken hors d’ouerves and french fries, the Tennessee native and songwriters—Kyle Fishman, Rhett Akins and Ben Hayslip—took the stage to thank those around them.
“I promise we will continue to work as hard as we can and put our best foot forward. This was a great year,” Dustin said from the stage. “I thought I was busy after I had a big hit song. I thought I was busy after “Seein’ Red.” I thought I was busy after album release. Then the magic of “Small Town Boy” happened. Thank you for continuing to believe in me and let’s do this again.”
In addition to being a No. 1 song, “Small Town Boy” also became the most listened to song of the year, yet failed to garner ACM award attention. It was the only song in 2017 to stay at the top of the Billboard Country Airplay spot for four consecutive weeks. Something that Dustin addressed in a video posted to his social media accounts.
Before the party, One Country‘s Kelly Sutton sat down with the “Seein’ Red” singer to talk about the ACM snub and scoring five consecutive No. 1 hits.
“I’m in war mode right now. No, for me it’s a bit of a let down. I think I summed it up perfectly, ‘this sucks.’ I promise you I wasn’t the only artist watching that broadcast that had that reaction,” Dustin tells One Country about his ACM snub. “It just happens, there are only so many spots for nominations. We all work so hard at what we love to do. I’m not going to say I deserved one, I think that’s a little much. But I promise you I’m going to keep working at it and continue to try and be undeniable so one of these days I’ll get one.”
Dustin is also currently on the road as part of Brad Paisley’s Weekend Warrior Tour, which runs through April.