“I’ve found the more personal that I write, the more universal the song tends to be for some reason. A song can really take a life of its own after you put it out there.”
“My job as a songwriter is to capture my life and transfer it onto an album,” Bentley said during the New York premiere of his film “Dierks Bentley: Riser.” “The more personal you get, the more country fans can relate to it.”
“It’s a pretty dark song,” he said. “I’m not afraid of trying things. It’s a song I believe in, but it pushed the album release back about four months.”
“I’m not just putting out a collection of songs,” Bentley said of Riser. “I think in the end I have a record that really reflects who I am and who I’m trying to be. I definitely feel I’ve come out the other side stronger.”
“The record I had originally made, my dad was alive at the time and my wife and I had two kids. Life was stabilized,” Bentley said. “And then all of a sudden my dad passed away. Then my wife got pregnant and my son was coming, which was just a whole mix of emotions for me.”
Bentley and rock band OneRepublic are teaming up for the next edition of CMT Crossroads, set to air in mid-March.
“I wanted this album to be that deeper look at who I am and who I try to be, and so I guess it’s the same with this film too. The first time I watched the rough edit, I actually got physically uncomfortable because it’s all in there.”
Singing along to your new songs while sipping beer on your tour bus? Then posting the results online? It’s a novel way to preview your album…and it works. Watch Bentley go track by track through the songs on ‘Riser’ in an intimate, laid-back listening session.
Dierks Bentley today announced his summer headlining Riser Tour, which will begin May 9 in and cover major cities across the U.S. and Canada.
“There’s a lot of really intense material on this record, but there’s also a lighter side that is equally important in telling the story of the last two years of my life.”
Watch the premiere of Bentley’s new video for his single “I Hold On.” ” I hope when people listen to it, they raise their beers up, but this time for the bigger idea of what we all stand for as country music fans…faith, love and freedom.”
With familiar guitar riffs at the track’s start, Bentley then took the mic to add his own country flavor to the song with the Roots as his backing band and McCready’s electric guitar support.
After success with “Even If It Breaks Your Heart,” Hoge is now breaking out on his own with his new single “Strong.” And he’s doing so on his own terms. As he told Radio.com, “If you want to follow your dream, you don’t want to ask permission.”
Jason Aldean, Guy Clark, Lady Antebellum, Blake Shelton, Keith Whitley and The Judds were among the artists celebrated during the ACM Honors event Tuesday night in Nashville. Read our review and see photos.
Tom Petty has a beef with modern country music, which he recently called “bad rock with a fiddle.” Well, Tom, listen to these ten songs and see if you don’t change your mind.