Dierks Bentley has had great music on his mind lately. "You put a lot of time into making records," he tells Taste of Country before the ACM Awards.

"In this day and age with ... such a singles driven kinda market on stuff, I feel like in a way it is good for fans, because people that want to make great albums really really have to make great albums," Bentley furthers. "You really have to go out there and make a full body of work or else people aren't going to buy it."

Bentley is hard at work on his next release, and he's confident that his new album will be a quality piece of art. He has currently cut nine tracks, and he says he is "feeling pretty good about it." He believes each song has a rich and vibrant place on this next album.

"This record I really feel like, top to bottom, every song had a reason and a point to enhance the record," he explains.

However, he's still in the process of figuring out what he wants to say with his next release. "I feel like everything I've put out I've really wanted to say something — whether it's a party song that I wanna say, 'I wanna party' or a heavier song — but I'm just trying to find something that has meat to it," Bentley shares. "I feel like Riser was one of my better records, so I really want to make something that equals that."

Although Bentley admits he's reluctant to move on from Riser, he adds that he is ready to embrace something new.

"It should be a lot of work," he insists. "It should be something that's hard, and when it gets done it should sound like it was just something that rolled off the tip of your tongue."

The singer did not reveal a projected release date for the project. Stay tuned to Taste of Country as more information becomes available.

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