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Interview:
Chris Young rolls into Downtown Hoedown on a winning streak
 

By GARY GRAFF
for Journal Register Newspapers

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It's been six years since Chris Young won the fourth season of "Nashville Star," and since then he's scored three Top 10 country albums, won a pair of Academy of Country Music awards and is on a run of five straight No. 1 country hits.

All of that has left the Tennessee-born singer and songwriter pinching himself over his good fortunes.

"I would love to sit here and go, 'Yeah, this is right where I figured I would be,' but I'm so obviously above and beyond some of the stuff I dreamed of," says Young, 26, who performs Sunday, June 10, at the WYCD Downtown Hoedown in Detroit. "I've been incredibly, incredibly lucky, and it's one of those things where I hoped I would be at this point, and obviously there's a lot beyond the point I'm at. It's just kid of amazing, and a little bit humbling.

"And I'm certainly not intending to stop any time soon if I can help it."

Young is currently riding "Neon," the third single and title track from his latest album and the follow-up to the chart-topping "Tomorrow" and "You." It's one of just a few songs he didn't write for the set, but Young says he's more concerned with finding good material, even if it's from somebody else's pen.

"When I'm a co-writer on a song, I know it's going to be something I would say, 'cause it's me and I'm in the room writing it," Young explains. "So from an outside writer it's a matter of finding stuff that really fits me and making sure it's a song that fits you as an artist.

"I'm more of a reaction person when I listen to a song. If the first time I listen to it I have this gut reaction of, 'Oh my God, I love that! I wish I had written that song!' It's got to be something that makes me sit up and listen, 'cause when other people I want them to do the same thing -- whether it's the first time they hear it or the thousandth time."

The 30th Annual WYCD Downtown Hoedown runs through Sunday, June 10, at Comerica Park. Headliners include Miranda Lambert, Dierks Bentley, Josh Gracin, Montegomery Gentry, Chris Young and more. Friday is sold out. Tickets for Saturday and Sunday are $25 in advance, $30 day of show. Visit www.wycd.com for schedules and information.

Web Site: www.wycd.com

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