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Dustin Lynch Wrestles With 'Internal Struggle' In Honest, 'Self-Aware' Era

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Dustin Lynch kicked off a new era on Friday (September 29) with the release of his sixth full-length studio album, Killed The Cowboy. The 12-track project is a bold telling of Lynch’s “internal struggle” as he reaches a crossroads in his life.

Lynch, 38, is weighing whether to settle down and start a family or continue his sing life packed with “extraordinary experiences” as a hit-making singer-songwriter, notes a press release announcing Killed The Cowboy’s arrival. Lynch seeks the answer to his “stunningly self-aware questions” throughout the “statement-making” project, which follows 2022’s Blue In The Sky.

“When we wrote ‘Honky Tonk Heartbreaker,’ we thought about what could be celebrated by people in Nashville’s Broadway honky-tonk scene, or in any bar scene. It’s a message to those who are single and ready to mingle, who embrace the excitement of getting dressed up to go out and give off a vibe,” Lynch said in a statement of “Honky Tonk Heartbreaker,” one of five tracks Lynch is credited as a songwriter. “But even those who have found their person will still enjoy the song, because at some point they've been out on the prowl, enjoying the nightlife.”

1. “Killed The Cowboy” (Jordan Reynolds, Devin Dawson, Anderson East)*

2. “Honky Tonk Heartbreaker” (Dustin Lynch, Hunter Phelps, Zach Crowell, Ben Johnson)+

3. “George Strait Jr.” (Dustin Lynch, Hunter Phelps, Jordan Reynolds, Andy Albert)*

4. “Chevrolet (feat. Jelly Roll)” (Chase McGill, Jessi Alexander, Hunter Phelps, Mentor Williams)^

5. “If I Stop Drinkin’” (John Morgan, Dallas Davidson, Kyle Fishman, Jordan Minton)*

6. “Only Girl In This Town” (Devin Dawson, Josh Thompson, Kyle Fishman)#

7. “Breakin’ Up Down” (Hunter Phelps, Zach Crowell, Blake Pendergrass, Brent Anderson)*

8. “Trouble With This Truck” (Dustin Lynch, Hunter Phelps, Ashley Gorley, Zach Crowell)*

9. “Blue Lights” (Jameson Rodgers, Jake Mitchell, Brent Anderson, Hunter Phelps)*

10. “Lone Star (Devin Dawson, Jordan Reynolds, Alysa Vanderheym)*

11. “Listen To The Radio (Dustin Lynch, Hunter Phelps, Randy Montana, Ben Johnson)*

12. “Long Way Home” (Dustin Lynch, Kyle Fishman, Andy Albert)*

Produced by Zach Crowell

+ Co-Produced by Zach Crowell and Ben Johnson

^ Co-Produced by Zach Crowell and Ben Phillips

Co-Produced by Zach Crowell and Kyle Fishman

“Whether you’ve been with with me since the beginning, or just hopping on the train, I'm so grateful for all of you,” Lynch said on Friday. “I’m particularly proud of this record because it’s ME, and where I’m at in my life. Enjoy!!”

Earlier this month, Lynch announced his list of tour stops for his headlining “Killed The Cowboy Tour,” kicking off in early April 2024. Find Lynch’s full Killed The Cowboy album on iHeartRadio here, and see his list of tour dates below.

APRIL 2024

2 | Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium

5 | Brookings, SD – Dacotah Bank Center

6 | Peoria, IL – Renaissance Coliseum

11 | Charlotte, NC – Skyla Credit Union Amphitheatre

12 | Salem, VA – Salem Civic Center

13 | Youngstown, OH – Covelli Centre

18 | Spartanburg, SC – Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium

19 | Raleigh, NC – Red Hat Amphitheater

20 | Hiawassee, GA – Anderson Music Hall

25 | Minneapolis, MN – The Armory 

26 | Indianapolis, IN – TCU Amphitheater at White River State Park

27 | Newport, KY – MegaCorp Pavilion

MAY 2024

2 | Boston, MA – Leader Bank Pavilion

3 | Verona, NY – Turning Stone Resort Casino

4 | Newark, DE – Bob Carpenter Center

9 | Cedar Rapids, IA – McGrath Amphitheatre

10 | St. Louis, MO – Saint Louis Music Park

11 | Council Bluffs, IA – Harrah's Stir Concert Cove