Dustin Lynch Benefit Concert Raises $15,000 for Hometown Charity
Dustin Lynch hosted the Dustin Lynch and Friends Acoustic Christmas Concert on Monday night (Dec. 8) to help raise funds for a worthwhile cause.
The singer-songwriter, who is from Tullahoma, Tenn., earned more than $15,000 for the Tullahoma News' annual Karing for Kids campaign, which provides local children in need with warm clothes and shoes. It was a cause chosen by Lynch himself.
"I read over what every charity was about, and this seemed like a good fit," he explains to the Tullahoma News. "It seemed like something kids would benefit from. Buying a coat and shoes is a little bit different than buying a toy that somebody’s going to get bored with next week. I wanted it to be something that lasts a little bit longer."
"He and I play a lot of these types of shows together all over the country," Lynch says of Niemann. "We have a great banter back and forth."
The multi-faceted show was "an idea I came up with to do something different; strip it down and do more of an acoustic show, a kind of songwriter-inspired show where we can talk about our songs," Lynch explains.
“All the talent here tonight is here out of the goodwill of their hearts," he adds. "I owe them big time.”
The benefit show was held at Tullahoma High School, where Lynch graduated from in 2003. As an alumni, he made the $20 tickets available to the school's students first, before selling them to the general public.
"I wanted to have that young, vibrant energy in the room," Lynch says. "I can remember going to events like this when I was in high school; it was a big deal."
The 'Hell of a Night' singer had the idea for the fundraiser a long time ago, but his busy schedule, including serving as the opening act on Keith Urban's Light the Fuse Tour, made the logistics challenging. Still, he was determined to see his plan come to life, especially after judging a talent show at his alma mater last year.
"It’s been tough trying to get off the road," Lynch adds. "It took us a bit to figure out what would be best and what would work for my schedule and the city schedule. This is what we landed on."
Lynch will stay in his home state for a few more days at least. He's serving as co-host of the live red carpet show for the inaugural American Country Countdown Awards on Dec. 15, along with Emily West, RaeLynn and TV personality Chelsea Cannell.