DFW Music News

Nashville Hit-Maker Chris Young Honed His Skills in an Arlington Honky-Tonk

In 2005, country music hit singer and songwriter Chris Young was fronting the house band at Cowboy's Dancehall in Arlington. But by the spring of 2006, it seemed as though the No. 1 smash hits would be just around the corner for the Tennessee-born and raised crooner after he easily took home the prize on the fourth season of the now long-gone television series Nashville Star. After wowing celebrity judges and millions of country fans with his near-perfect baritone, greater stardom didn't come as easily or as quickly as many had predicted, and especially not as soon as Young had hoped it would.

Fast forward to 2009, and that had changed. Beginning with the almost-too-country-for-country-radio megahit "Gettin' You Home," Young belted out five consecutive No. 1 singles as 2010 rolled into 2011. On top of that, he picked up a couple of ACM awards.

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Kelly Dearmore