Dustin Lynch's long-awaited new album, Current Mood, will be released on Friday (Sept. 8). In the three years since the release of his sophomore record, Where It's At, Lynch has delved deeper into the kind of music he wants to make, resulting in some sharp contrasts, both in style and lyrics, between his previous music and now. The end result, Lynch admits, might be a shock to some of his fans, but it was a chance he was willing to take.

"I’m going to be very anxious to see the comments, because it is a different and a new chapter for me," Lynch tells The Boot. "But also, I’ll be really interested to see what songs people gravitate towards, and what songs people react to. I know there’s going to be some folks that are like, ‘This is horses--t. This is not George Strait.'"

Lynch concedes there is a certain amount of vulnerability in releasing music that is unique and different, but the chance to explore new territory as an artist, for him, ultimately outweighs the potential risks involved. The Tennessee native's biggest concern is figuring out which songs to perform during his headlining Ride or Die Tour.

"I’d say I'm excited," shares Lynch. "I’m going to have my eyes out, because I love all of these songs ... [but] I can’t play them all. So I'm figuring out what people react to and figuring out how to put the show together this fall."

Lynch's Ride or Die Tour will kick off on Nov. 3 in Fayetteville, N.C., with Michael Ray, Ryan Hurd and Lanco serving as his opening acts. A list of all of his upcoming shows is available on his website, and Current Mood is available for pre-order on Amazon and iTunes.