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Young restless

Instead of waiting for success to come to him, country star Chris Young grabbed it by the horns.

Joshua Boydston February 8th, 2012

Chris Young with The Lost Trailers
7 p.m. Friday
Diamond Ballroom
8001 S. Eastern
$19 advance, $22 door

Since winning “Nashville Star” in 2006, Chris Young has been on a hot streak: three smash albums, high-profile tours and two American Country Awards.

It’s all a far cry from his start at a certain Tex-Mex restaurant chain, competing with sizzling fajitas for the crowd’s attention.

“I had a standing gig at an El Chico on the back patio,” Young said. “I brought my own PA and played four hours for tips.”

The Tennessee native took his show on the road, too, to similar fanfare.

“The rule used to be that if there were more people in the crowd than onstage, you had to play,” Young said. “We don’t have those sort of problems anymore. That’s what laid the groundwork for all of this. I wouldn’t be who I am if I hadn’t done those sorts of things.”

The 26-year-old country crooner is right in the thick of a run with Miranda Lambert, and he’s taking notes. After increasingly successful albums and singles, he hopes to be taking stadiums by storm as the headliner.

“Watching them manage their stage and own the crowd … I get ideas of what really works,” he said. “Hopefully, not too far down the road, we’ll be on our own tour.”

His newest album, 2011’s “Neon,” might have sped up the time getting to that point. Young never felt much stress in writing the follow-up to 2009’s hit disc, “The Man I Want to Be.”

“There wasn’t any pressure. There wasn’t anything hanging over our heads,” he said. “The only thing was the sentiment of wanting to make this better than the last record.”

He may have done just that.

“Neon” was met with critical acclaim and his strongest sales yet. Both singles, “Tomorrow” and “You,” topped Billboard’s country chart, and residencies at On the Border don’t appear to be near.

“I love everything about this record. Here already, we’ve had two No. 1s, but I’m even more proud and excited to see people respond to songs that aren’t even one of those singles,” Young said. “When you see them singing along with those songs at a show, nothing beats that.”

Photo by Rande St. Nicholas
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