ABC/Image Group LAAlan Jackson and Bill Anderson are two of the newest inductees of the Songwriters Hall of Fame. The country artists and songwriters will join a versatile 2018 class that includes rocker John Mellencamp, R&B sta...Read More »
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ABC/Image Group LADustin Lynch has done quite a bit of globetrotting lately, but as he told ABC Radio at Monday's Country Radio Seminar in Nashville, some of it involved hanging out in Mexico at Luke Bryan's annual Crash My Playa destination festival.
"I got to travel over the Christmas break and I went to, my first time ever, to Vietnam. And then we went from Vietnam to Thailand, and then literally back to Nashville for 12 hours and then to Crash My Playa!" Dustin told ABC Radio. "So it was a whirlwind of a few weeks there."
During the event, which features thousands of country fans enjoying live performances, sun, sand and fun, Dustin said Luke gave him an honorary title: "The Mayor of Crash My Playa."
"We got to play three shows. The first was opening for Luke on the big stage on the beach, and then we played something I guess...[that] may be what got me the title Mayor of Crash My Playa: pool parties at these resorts."
More specifically, Dustin and his band played to literally thousands of people at the pools at a couple of the Mexican resorts, and they decided to wing it.
"This year, we just took requests the whole time," he laughed. "So I was playing, gosh, anything and everything. "We played 'La Bamba,' we were playing Dierks Bentley songs, Cole Swindell, Luke Bryan, whatever they throw at us, we would try to play, even if we didn't know it! We'd screw the words up, say 'Who cares?,' keep going!"
Later this month, Dustin will be hitting the road with Brad Paisley, Lindsay Ell and Chase Bryant. No word on whether or not he'll take requests at those shows.
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WATCH NOW: Morgan Evans on why he and Kelsea Ballerini had an "aspiring, inspiring" time at the Super Bowl
Mike Coppola/Getty Images for DirecTVNewlyweds Morgan Evans and Kelsea Ballerini had a memorable weekend getaway in Minneapolis for the Super Bowl, and it allowed Morgan to check something off his bucket list. Being Australian, Evans admits the Super Bowl was the very first NFL game he'd ever attended and he calls it an "incredible, incredible experience."
"We got invited up by the family that owns Kelsea's record label and it was a last-minute invite," Morgan told ABC Radio at Monday's Country Radio Seminar in Nashville. "And of course, we were like, 'We're free those days? Yes! Let's go!' It was the ultimate spectacle."
The biggest highlight for the singers was seeing Justin Timberlake's Super Bowl halftime show live in person. As Morgan explains, there were several different stage setups that you could would only see if you were there in person.
"We could see like, 'Woah, they're going from over there to over there,' and you see all the people run over and then when he ran into the crowd, everyone went ballistic!" Morgan recalls. "As someone that makes music to connect with people, the idea of playing to that many people is insane, and I don't even know how many people were watching it...some ridiculous number of millions."
He adds, "It's aspiring and inspiring and, I guess, more like respect, too. That guy's been doing it for a long time and he's still at the highest level. And the hits that he played span such a long time, as well."
The spring, Morgan will be hitting the road with Chris Young and Kane Brown; this week, Kelsea kicks off a headline tour with Walker Hayes as a supporting act.
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