One of country music’s most-respected and most-unpredictable artists, Dierks Bentley, announces his seventh album, Riser, to be released this fall. The project stands to be his most personal to date as it was written and recorded following the death of Bentley’s father in 2012. The album draws its title from “I’m A Riser,” a song about resilience and determination.
“I’m A Riser” works as a commentary on spiritual, personal and societal re-commitment, but it also applies to the competitive battlefield of the music industry. It’s particularly appropriate for an album about rejuvenation delivered by Bentley.
“Life in general has a way of knocking you down. It’s different reasons for different folks – could be personal reasons, could be family reasons, your job, drugs, alcohol,” Bentley says in a press release. “That song really applies to anybody that’s lived. There have always been those moments when we have to get back up and get on our feet. They are defining moments…breakthrough moments.”
Accepting change – and growing from it – is a key theme in “Riser,” and it’s reflected by the tone of the album, which demonstrates a new artistic depth and an extra level of intensity for Bentley. It evolves from track to track, exuding a range of emotions, all the while impressing upon the listener that his instinct for a hit is stronger than ever. Bentley made significant re-configurations in his creative team to shake up his sonic texture without sacrificing his commercial drive, re-enlisting executive producer Arturo Buenahora Jr., who worked on Bentley’s first two albums, and utilized producer Ross Copperman, who co-wrote “Tip It On Back” for Bentley’s current album “Home.”
Bentley has forged his own path in the music industry by mixing elements of modern country, classic country, bluegrass and rock, and maintaining an unmistakable identity while constantly reinventing his sound. His album “Home” debuted at number one and spawned three consecutive chart-topping hits, marking ten career number one songs for him as a singer and songwriter. His five previous studio albums have sold more than five million copies, garnered 11 Grammy nominations and earned him an invitation to join the Grand Ole Opry.
Author: Buddy Iahn
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