Dierks Bentley – Riser

Within today’s country landscape Dierks Bentley can be thought of as somewhat old fashioned. Some may be scratching their heads based on Bentley’s previous material but bear with me. Old fashioned by ways of a gravelly voice and songs about drinking (and his truck). While that is somewhat true he is also a very modern country crooner in that there are songs about girls in bikinis and Budweiser to drink. Once again old fashioned in that he recorded it in a way of the past. The tracks on the album, produced by Ross Copperman and Arturo Buenahora Jr., were recorded live. Lead single “I Hold On” is a very personal ditty and it just one of many on the album. It is a nice evolution from the frat boy party songs that made up most of his early catalogue. He has evolved from the beginning of his career and as such his songs are now filled with a depth not before witnessed. May his musical journey continue!

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