It's not every day that a young artist gets the chance to take the stage in front of a sold-out crowd in a venue as big as Coca-Cola Field. But on Friday night, newcomers Casey James and Dustin Lynch did just that, proving to Buffalo that they've got what it takes to be country's next big thing.

James, best known for his third-place finish on season nine of American Idol, got things started at Taste Of Country 2012. Check out photos of his performance below!

Lynch and his beautiful baby blues entertained the crowd with a sweet rendition of his hit "Cowboys and Angels." If you missed his set, we've got a few photos from it in the gallery below.