Luke Bryan has announced Kill the Lights as his fifth studio album. The reigning ACM and CMA Entertainer of the Year broke the news on The Ellen DeGeneres Show today and revealed the album will be released on August 7th.
During his Ellen appearance, Bryan also performed the album’s lead single, “Kick the Dust Up,” which debuted at country radio on Tuesday and doubles as the name of his summer tour.
With its thumping backbeat and quirky banjo hook, “Kick the Dust Up” slams the bar scene in favor of a backwoods bonfire, with Bryan singing that he’d rather hang in a dusty field with a jar full of “clear” than stand in line for $10 drinks. Fans can download the track now. (Listen to “Kick the Dust Up” below.)
“We’ve been performing the new song on tour this spring, using it to open the shows,” Bryan said in a statement. “We love the crowd reaction to it and I cannot wait to be able to share more new music this summer. It’s been two years since we’ve had a new album and I don’t think I’ve been this eager yet to get it out to the fans.”
Bryan will also perform the new single — penned by “That’s My Kind of Night” songwriters Dallas Davidson, Ashley Gorley and Chris DeStefano — on tonight’s season finale of The Voice and is planning a special performance on Good Morning America on the album’s release date.
Crash My Party, Bryan’s last album, has already sold over two million physical copies and eight million digital downloads. The Georgia native counts nearly seven million album sales and 27 million digital downloads in his career, including 12 Number One singles.
His Kick the Dust Up Tour is scheduled to continue through October, including seven stadium concerts. A special all-Luke exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, “Luke Bryan: Dirt Road Diary,” is set to open May 22nd.