Dustin Lynch Celebrates Double Gold Before Third Album ‘Current Mood,’ Headlining Tour

Pictured (back L-R): L3 Entertainment’s JT Pratt, BBR Music Group’s Chelsey Flick and Scotty O’Brien, Dustin Lynch, BBR Music Group’s Shaina Botwin and Marisa Coffin. (Front L-R): BBR Music Group’s Andrea Knipp and Jennifer Coen, L3 Entertainment’s Neil Vance, BBR Music Group’s Jon Loba, Sara Knabe and Jay Jones, L3 Entertainment’s Peter Hartung and Steve Mekler. Photo: Daniel Vorlet

Tullahoma, Tennessee can boast hometown to at least two: George Dickel Whisky, and Broken Bow Records star Dustin Lynch.

So it was appropriate for busses to trek media and VIP guests some 70 miles from Nashville to the 140-year old distillery on Wednesday (Aug. 9) to the reveal details of Lynch’s third album, Current Mood, and his second headlining outing, The Ride Or Die Tour 2017.

Simultaneously broadcast on social media, the party announced Current Mood‘s release date for less than a month away, Sept. 8. Pre-orders are available immediately with an instant-grat track, “Love Me Or Leave Me Alone,” featuring Little Big Town’s Karen Fairchild.

The complete track listing for the 13 new sides will be revealed gradually. But Lynch gave audience members a sneak listen of six new songs, all leaning towards the sultry and bold grooves built from his sophomore effort, Where It’s At. Below, MusicRow compiled all the track and writer we know so far. Additional writers include Josh Osborne, Justin Ebach, Kyle Fishman, Andy Albert, Zach Crowell, Ashley Gorley and Jimmy Robbins.

Current Mood was produced by Brent Anderson, Mickey Jack Cones, Ross Copperman, Crowell, and Will Weatherly.

Current Mood came together as a slow process,” Lynch told the crowd. “It’s a huge relief to start playing music for everyone again…One of the reason’s we’re two singles in before we have a new album is I’ve been touring so much, on top of writing and getting the vocal rest needed to record an album. [In the past three years] I’ve written well over 100 plus songs and listened to thousands.”

Lynch and the producers took care with each song, hand selecting specific musicians to capture a certain feel during sessions, rather than cranking a whole album out in a week.

BBR Label Group’s Jon Loba (R) surprises Dustin Lynch (L) with two Gold plaques. Photo: Daniel Vorlet

“Dustin completely consumed himself in this project,” confirmed BBR Label Group’s Exec. VP Jon Loba. “It’s pretty rare to have an album with a No. 1 already baked in, even more rare to have an album with a No. 1 and soon-to-be No. 1—we’re top 5 with ‘Small Town Boy.’ I don’t know of too many albums that before they’re released have two Gold singles. Current Mood has two Gold singles.”

Loba surprised Lynch with two plaques to commemorate the sales feat.

“We wanted to do something special for this reveal because this is where it all started, I grew up probably a mile from here,” continued Lynch. “Tonight we’re celebrating new music. This is a collection over the last three years of all the adventures, travel, hookups, heartbreaks, growth—as a dude and a band. This is a glimpse behind the curtain of a chapter of my life. This is me in the present moment, which is why I decided to call it Current Mood.”

The celebration continued with a toast “from one rising star from Tullahoma to another” with a sample of George Dickel 17 (17 year old whisky). “This is a very special shot glass of whisky,” prefaced Lynch. “It’s my favorite I’ve ever had, and I’ve drank a lot of whisky all over the place.”

Lynch’s 15-date large theater and small stadium tour will stretch from November to December 2017. Special support comes from a variation of Michael Ray, LANCO and Ryan Hurd on select dates (full details below).

“If you’ve been to our shows, you know they are just big parties,” said Lynch. “The most exciting and scary thing for me is we’re going to try to tackle some small arenas on this tour. So there’s a lot of pressure to see how many tickets you can sell. It’s going to be bigger and better than we’ve ever done.”

Presales for The Ride Or Die Tour 2017 begin Aug. 21. DustinLynchMusic.com will offer first chance access for tour tickets with the purchase of exclusive merchandise bundles from his own clothing line Stay Country and pre orders of the new album, Current Mood. Until then, Lynch will continue on the road through September 24 with Brad Paisley’s Weekend Warrior Tour and an appearance on ABC’s CMA Fest: The Music Event of Summer, airing August 16 at 8 p.m. (ET).

Current Mood Track Listing (as we know it so far):

1) I’d Be Jealous Too (Dustin Lynch, Ross Copperman, Jon Nite)
2) Seein’ Red (Tully Kennedy, Kurt Allison, Steve Bogard, Jason Sever)
3) Small Town Boy (Rhett Akins, Ben Hayslip, Kyle Fishman)
4) Why We Call Each Other (Dustin Lynch, Lee Miller, Ross Copperman)
5) —
6) Love Me Or Leave Me Alone [feat. Karen Fairchild] (Dustin Christensen, Chris Gelbuda)
7) Back On It (Brent Anderson, Will Weatherly, Smith Ahnquist)
8) —
9) —
10) Party Song (Brett Tyler, Craig Wiseman, Morgan Wallen)
11) —
12) —
13) —

Confirmed dates for The Ride Or Die Tour 2017:

11/3 – Fayetteville, NC – Crown Coliseum *+
11/4 – Atlanta, GA – Coca Cola Roxy Theatre *+
11/10 – Oklahoma City, OK – Diamond Ballroom +
11/11 – San Antonio, TX – Cowboys Dancehall +
11/12 – Houston, TX – House of Blues +
12/2 – New York, NY – PlayStation Theater ^
12/3 – Philadelphia, PA – The Fillmore ^
12/7 – Stockton, CA – Bob Hope Theatre ^
12/8 – Los Angeles, CA – The Novo ^
12/10 – Las Vegas, NV – The Cosmopolitan ^
12/17 – Grand Rapids, MI – 20 Monroe Live ^

*Michael Ray
^Ryan Hurd

Pictured (L-R): MusicRow Publisher/Owner Sherod Robertson, Dustin Lynch, MusicRow Operations Director Eric T. Parker. Photo: Daniel Vorlet


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