Dylan Scott recently watched as his “My Girl” single climbed to the pinnacle of the Country Airplay chart in late July. The climb — well over a year — was one that the singer tells Billboard he savored each and every week of.
“As a writer, you love the slow climb,” adding that there was a little bit of vested interest in the song — besides being the artist on the label. “It was so special to see a song that was about my wife go week-by-week up the charts, something cool to be able to share with my family and my friends. We could enjoy the feeling each week.”
Due to the overwhelming response to “My Girl,” Curb (Scott’s label) has issued a new deluxe edition of his debut album, something he says is a huge honor. “A year ago, we put out my first album ever and I thought it was so cool. But, to put a deluxe album out with more music out — it means that more people are responding to it, more people are coming to the shows, and it lets you know that you are doing something right.”
Those fans are going to have a new song to sing along with on his tour stops, as the Louisiana native has just issued the follow-up, “Hooked,” one of three new tracks on the deluxe edition — and early indications have been nothing but positive. Though this song wasn’t written with his wife Blair in mind, it definitely has her stamp of approval.
“A buddy of mine came to me with it, and said ‘You’ve got to check this out,'” he explains. “So, I’m driving down the road with my wife, and I ask her to listen to this song. She starts jamming to it, and all of a sudden, I’m jamming to it, and we knew instantly that I had to record the song. Luckily, it turned out pretty cool. It’s just a jam — something that you can ride around with the window down and jam out to.”
While Scott’s music is geared toward the younger demographic, make no mistake about it — he knows the history of the format, as his musical career is hereditary. “My dad moved to Nashville back in the early 70s when he was in his twenties. He moved to become an artist, but ended up playing on the road with Freddy Fender and Freddie Hart, and did that for years before he gave it up to move back to Louisiana. But, I learned a lot from my dad. My first love is old-school country music. I’m a 90s baby, so anything from then is old school to me, but I grew up listening to Keith Whitley, who was my hero growing up. We’re very current in our sound and approach, but we do a little bit of old-school country, as well.”
One of the highlights from Scott’s debut disc is the autobiographical “My Town,” which he stresses could be about anywhere – including his native city of Bastrop, LA. What’s one of his favorite memories of growing up in Balstrop? As you might guess, it has to do with Blair, his high school sweetheart. “At the time, we went to two separate high schools in the town. I’d go and watch her at the games, because she was a cheerleader. I ended up going to her school, so it became my school as well.”
Scott will be out promoting his music this fall as an opening act on Justin Moore’s “Hell On A Highway” tour. He says he can’t wait to introduce his music to a new audience. “I don’t know Justin yet, but am looking forward to getting to know him. He’s an old Arkansas boy, so there will be that Arkansas/Louisiana rivalry going on,” he says with a smile. “It’s going to be fun. I’ve been listening to his music since I was in high school, so I can’t wait to get to tour with him and learn from him.”
Look for Scott out on the road, singing the continued praises of his wife, who is expecting the couple’s first child. When asked what Eminem song she jams out to — a reference to a lyric in “My Girl,” he didn’t flinch a bit. “It’s a song called ‘Lose Yourself.’ She loves music, especially 80s rock. When something from that era comes on, game over.”