Brett Eldredge's debut album, 'Bring You Back,' which spawned the No. 1 hit, 'Don't Ya,' was only released in August. But while some artists would be content to ride the wave of success for a little while, Eldredge says he is already focusing on his sophomore record.

“The thing about the next album is, I’ve already got some songs I want to put on the next album, so I feel like I’ve already got a head start on it,” he admits to Country Weekly. “I feel really good about 'Bring You Back' and I'm hoping everybody likes it a lot. We captured a lot of who I am and I think we’ll do well with this album, so I have a lot of confidence to write this next record and I have a place to go from. You set the groundwork with your first album, and I feel like I have a map now.”

The Illinois native, who was recently honored in his hometown of Paris, Ill. with a Brett Eldredge Day, scored a coveted slot as an opening act for part of Taylor Swift's Red Tour earlier this year. He says the lessons he learned while on the road with Swift, he will carry with him for the rest of his career.

“She is the real deal, and she has fans that are incredibly loyal to her and so passionate," he tells The Boot. "But there’s a reason she’s that big ... She really is the cream of the crop of what she does, and the production of her shows are one of a kind.”

Eldredge will get a chance to put some of what he learned into practice in the new year. He'll head out on the road in 2014 with both Keith Urban on his Light the Fuse tour, as well as with Billy Currington on his We Are Tonight tour. See all of his upcoming shows here.