Dustin Lynch celebrates his 34th birthday on May 14, so we're celebrating with a few facts you might not know about the country star.
Lynch entered the scene in 2012 when he released his first single, "Cowboys and Angels." He has since released three studio albums and has earned six No. 1 singles, and recently released his latest EP, Ridin' Roads, in March. In September 2018, he was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry, and he's about to head out on tour with Thomas Rhett on Rhett's Very Hot Summer Tour.
Read on for nine facts about Lynch — spoiler alert, he likes the smell of skunks.
Lynch graduated with a degree in biology and even considered medical school before deciding to turn his focus to music. While his degree wasn't exactly music-related, Lynch told CMT that college life helped prepare him for his current job as a touring musician.
“Everyone starts preparing you for the hard work that
Lynch is a Southern boy at heart, having grown up about 75 miles outside of Nashville in Tullahoma, Tennessee. While the drive isn't too far, Lynch shared that coming to Nashville was definitely a "culture shock."
"It’s an hour and a-half from Tullahoma, but they are two different worlds," the singer revealed. "Growing up in Tullahoma, you’d get here about twice a year, and that was to go to mall to shop for a birthday and Christmas. And that was it. So along with having all new people in your life and a completely new lifestyle, this was a big city for a small-town kid. It’s a great city, and it’s one I will always be a part of hopefully."
While this seems like an odd fact for someone who makes their living playing music, the singer wasn't quite an A student when it came to his high school class.
He explained to Country Fancast that since he loved to sing, he was disappointed with the low mark, but he did gain something positive from the experience.
“I’m glad that happened because it gave me an out to stay at home and play guitar,” he said, sharing that the first song he learned was Randy Travis' "Forever and Ever, Amen."
One of the more surprising facts on this list, Lynch doesn't recoil when hit with the pungent smell of skunk.
"Here's the weird smell that I love that people have always thought was funny: I love the smell of skunks," he shared with The Boot. "Driving down a back road, and you smell a skunk that's sprayed or been hit -- I love that. It reminds me of home."
Lynch has been candid about his crush on the country queen and even got to interview her for Taste of Country ahead of the 2017 CMA Awards. The pair spoke about presenting, McEntire's touring and hosting experience.
After college, Lynch landed a job in a sewage treatment testing facility.
"With my biology degree, I got this job at an environmental lab: We tested sewage runoff, we tested chemical warfare waste runoff," he explained. "It's a job I'll never do again and I would never wish upon anybody. It was motivation to get my music in gear, though; it was the kick in the butt I needed. In desperation, you make things happen."
The singer kept it classic with his pick, naming a cheeseburger and fries as his favorite meal while speaking with Lonestar 99.5.
The choice is a perfect meal for a date, with Lynch sharing that his picks for a first date are dinner, country dancing or a concert.
Lynch shared the fact with Glamour, revealing that his grandparents are high-school sweethearts.
"It's cool that I get to sing that song when I'm onstage and it reminds me of them," he said. "I have called my granddad over a breakup one time when I was I having a tough time. She actually said, 'It's the music or me,' so that was an easy decision, but I started missing her a lot, so I called him. It's good to have a counselor in the family!"
When THE “cowboy and angel” are holding hands watching me sing their song opening for Garth Brooks in Nashville TN .... now THATS a memory of a lifetime. Thank you @garthbrooks and @trishayearwood pic.twitter.com/BAF0jmY771— Dustin Lynch (@dustinlynch) December 23, 2017
While Lynch likes to keep his private life private, he did one date former Miss Kentucky Amanda Mertz. Mertz posted multiple photos of the pair on social media during their yearlong relationship.
When asked what he looks for in a girl, he told The Boot that the first thing he notices is her smile.
"Definitely her smile and her eyes; I don't know which one comes first," he said. "If we go deeper than physical, I notice her sense of humor pretty quick."
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