In early January, Dierks Bentley revealed what he'd been teasing for several days: The singer has plans to release a new album! On Jan. 10, Bentley announced that his ninth studio album, The Mountain, will be available sometime 2018.

The Mountain, written and recorded in Telluride, Colo., grapples with themes of self-reflection and coming to terms with your inner self, reflected in the natural beauty of mountainous Colorado. Each of Bentley's eight previous records has been a little different conceptually, but the country star describes his upcoming album as the one with the most inspiring creative process to date.

"Telluride just makes you want to reach for your guitar," Bentley says in a press release of his experience writing the The Mountain in Colorado. "We’d wake up every morning, grab a coffee, take the gondola up, watch the sun come up over the mountains, and by 8:30 we were writing. We just wrote non-stop."

Read on to learn everything known so far about Bentley's forthcoming album, The Mountain.

The Title

Recorded against the backdrop of the Colorado countryside, The Mountain will be Bentley's ninth studio album.

The Release Date

The Mountain is slotted for release sometime in 2018. An exact drop date has not yet been revealed, so stay tuned for the specifics!

The Record Label

Capitol Records Nashville, Bentley's longtime label, will release The Mountain. Most recently, the label released Bentley's 2016 album Black.

The Album Cover

Bentley has yet to share the cover art for his upcoming project.

The Producers

When Bentley went to Telluride to record The Mountain, he brought his production team, including Ross Copperman, Jon Randall and executive producer Arturo Buenahora Jr., along with him. Bentley recorded the album at a studio about 30 minutes outside of town.

The Single

On Jan. 10, Bentley shared a short glimpse into the music of The Mountain, along with the promise of a forthcoming single. Per a Facebook live chat, "Woman Amen" will be Bentley's first single from the new album, and it will be released on Jan. 17. While Bentley hasn't offered many details on that song, he stresses that it will be in keeping with the album's cohesive theme.

"Everyone's climbing this mountain. Everyone's trying to better themselves. Everyone's looking for a way to push forward and looking for that recharge," Bentley explains in an interview with NPR. "I feel like this album is about that western vibe, but there's also that big metaphor of a mountain, putting one step in front of the other and continuing to climb."

The Songs

Also along for the ride in Colorado was a team of Bentley's fellow songwriters: Natalie Hemby, Luke Dick, Ross Copperman, Jon Randall, Jon Nite and Ashley Gorley.

“We all went out there and got completely off the grid ... out of our normal element and the grind that happens on Music Row," Bentley describes, "and it was, from the very get-go, magic."

While Bentley has not yet revealed his new album's track list, he has explained that the themes of self-reflection and struggle in the face of life's challenges will permeate the album as a whole.

"Looking back now," he explains, "I think we were all searching for hope and optimism when we were writing this music."

Stay tuned as more songs from The Mountain are revealed. For now, check out the first taste of new music from Bentley below -- a snippet of the record's title track.

The Tour

No specific tour dates around The Mountain have been announced, though fans who pre-order the album can opt for VIP experiences with Bentley on his 2018 tour.

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