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A singer and songwriter who rode the wave of bro country-pop of the mid-2010s, Dylan Scott put his own stamp on the sound with an inherently friendly charm reminiscent of Luke Bryan and by adding a dash of the R&B-inspired rhythms popularized by Sam Hunt. Scott's radio hits showed off his strong, rough-around-the-edges vocal style, a personality that mixed swagger with romantic undercurrent, and songs that sang the praises of women and trucks while making room for a thoughtful side. All this was evident on his 2016 debut album, Dylan Scott, which turned into a hit in 2017 thanks to a pair of high-charting singles, "My Girl" and "Hooked." Later, he paid tribute to the late Keith Whitley on the 2019 EP An Old Memory and made a big impression on the country charts with the 2021 singles "Nobody" and "New Truck."
Born in Bastrop, Louisiana on October 22, 1990, Dylan Scott was the son of Scotty Robinson, who played guitar for Freddy Fender, among other country singers. Dylan learned how to play music as a child, and once he entered his late teens he decided to pursue it professionally. At the age of 17, he recorded a four-song demo with songwriter/producer Charlie Craig, and that tape brought him to the attention of Curb Records. Scott signed with the label prior to his 19th birthday and released his debut single, "Makin' This Boy Go Crazy," in 2013. After making its way to 54 on Billboard's Country Airplay chart, it anchored a self-titled 2014 EP. "Lay It on Me" appeared at the end of the year, but it was Scott's next hit, "Crazy Over Me," that made the Billboard Country Top 40 in 2015.
Dylan Scott's eponymous full-length debut arrived in August of 2016, and after its release, "My Girl" began its slow climb to the top of the Billboard Country Airplay chart in the summer of 2017. Once it reached that peak, "Hooked" was readied as Scott's next single in August 2017; it reached number two on the Country Airplay chart. An EP entitled Merry Christmas arrived during the holiday season of 2017.
Scott released the Stripped EP in October 2018, which featured pared-down, largely acoustic renditions of songs from his debut album. Hot on its heels came "Nothing to Do Town," the first single from sessions for his second album. The song reached number 43 on Billboard's Country Airplay and anchored the EP of the same name, which arrived in April 2019. A few months later, Scott delivered An Old Memory, an EP of covers of songs by Keith Whitley. Later that same year, Scott gave his fans a musical gift with Merry Christmas, his first holiday album. In 2021, he delivered the single "Nobody," which rose to number two on the country songs chart in June and was certified gold. Scott scored another hit five months later with the song "New Truck." As 2021 was winding down, Scott announced he would be setting out on his first headlining tour in February 2022. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine & Mark Deming