Dylan Scott tempered the bro country-pop of the mid-2010s by relying on an inherently friendly charm, reminiscent of Luke Bryan, and adding a dash of the R&B-inspired rhythms that were fashionable in the wake of Sam Hunt. All this was evident on his 2016 debut Dylan Scott, which turned into a hit in 2017 thanks to a pair of high-charting singles: "My Girl," which hit number one on the Country Airplay chart, and "Hooked," which reached number two shortly after.
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 this 19th birthday and the label 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 by the end of the year, but Scott's next hit was "Crazy Over Me," which made the Billboard Country Top 40 in 2015.
Dylan Scott's eponymous full-length debut arrived on August 12, 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. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine