If you’re new to the world of Dierks Bentley, you may not know that the talented and handsome
singer-songwriter came to Nashville from Arizona, and in his job at the now-defunct TNN, he
immersed himself in researching the history of country music, finding a soft spot for bluegrass.
Years later, in 2010, he released his critically-acclaimed homage to the niche format with the
bluegrass and Americana-infused Up On the Ridge. Longtime fans embraced it as a passion
project for good reason. You could hear Dierks’ heart in every note.
Dierks isn’t the kind of guy that releases any collection of music half-heartedly. Every project bears his signature sound and energy, and even influences, but there was something extra special about Ridge.
Apparently, lightning can strike twice. And it hit right on top of his new project, The Mountain, which dropped Friday (June 8). It also struck Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium Thursday night (June 7) when Dierks performed the album in its entirety for CMA Music Fest visitors.
In addition to releasing the debut single, “Woman, Amen,” in January, the singer has teased
other songs on his socials. Then, at the CMT Music Video Awards Wednesday night (June 6), he performed the foot-stomping “Burning Man,” with collaborators, Brothers Osborne.
The Mountain is a stand-out among its country music peers. In a landscape where the
predominant traits of the format are electronically generated drums, guitars, and, what the heck
is that…cicadas, Dierks gathered a roomful of the best musicians who obviously brought their A-
As compelling as the arrangements are, they are matched by the lyrical heft of the 13-tracks, which nod to humanity in a digitally-consumed world. And vocally, Dierks just seems to
get better and better. Props to Jon Randall and Ross Copperman for their enlightened
Fans with tickets to one of Dierks’ upcoming stops on the Mountain High Tour will have their
own chance to hear songs from The Mountain performed live. But if you want to go all in, you
might want get tickets to the Seven Peaks Music Festival on Labor Day weekend. In addition to
performing as himself, Dierks’ cover band, Hot Country Knights, will be included in a line-up of
country hitmakers from the ’90s on opening night.
Check Dierks website for more details and get your copy of The Mountain, available now.
— Dierks Bentley (@DierksBentley) June 4, 2018