Dierks Bentley and Brothers Osborne traveled to Palm Springs, Calif. to film their new video for “Burning Man.” The trio of friends set up at the picturesque Salton Sea for the Wes Edwards-directed clip and while the beautiful background is at the forefront of the four-minute video, so is Dierks’ career.
“I wanted it to be about my own journey in music,” he tells Esquire. “How many nights I’ve been on stage and the years I’ve put into this—who I am.”
The video serves as a career retrospective as it includes photos and videos of the singer on stage over the years as well as shows the ever growing crowds during his headlining sets.
“This song is a personal reflection and it was important to me that you feel that with the video,” he adds. “I just love the bigger themes with this. It’s a reflection on life and how I want my life to be.”
“Burning Man” was written by Luke Dick and Bobby Pinson. Dierks says he was immediately compelled by the song’s message and felt like he needed to have another voice on the track who was at a different stage in life. Enter Brothers Osborne.
“I’m knee-deep in adulthood. I thought it would be fun to sing [this] with someone who doesn’t have three kids and isn’t as far along as I am or as old as I am,” he admits.
He texted TJ (33) and John (36) of Brothers Osborne and they immediately were in. Two days later they walked into the studio, set up and recorded. This past summer they traveled to the desert during one of the hottest days of the year to get the perfect shot for the video.
“It was crazy hot,” Dierks recalls. “I’m from Arizona, and this was hot. I felt bad for everyone involved. We went absolutely crazy. It felt so good—we had the music cranking, we were in the middle of nowhere and the stars were coming out. The fun we were having was true to a fault, we didn’t have to fake that at all.”
Dierks’ 2018 Mountain High Tour with Brothers Osborne and Lanco wraps this weekend with stops in San Diego and Los Angeles. His latest album, “The Mountain,” is out now.