Lynch said he started playing guitar when he was around 8 or 9 but soon abandoned it, and then picked it up again at 15. When he was 16, he performed at the Bluebird Café in Nashville on an open mic night and was well received by the audience, so he decided to start a band.
Lynch was first signed to Valory Music Group, and when one of its executives left to join Broken Bow Records, Lynch followed and signed with Broken Bow Records in late 2011. He released his debut single, “Cowboys and Angels” in January 2012. Lynch wrote the song with Josh Leo and Tim Nichols. That same month, Country Weekly began streaming his songs on its website.
The self-titled debut album, Dustin Lynch, was released in August 2012 and reached number one on the Top Country Albums chart. The album’s second single, “She Cranks My Tractor”, became his second top 20 hit in early 2013. It was followed by “Wild in Your Smile”, which made the top 30.
Lynch also co-wrote James Wesley’s 2013 single “Thank a Farmer”.