During rehearsals for the ACM Awards, Bentley and Crow spoke with Radio.com about the song they performed on the show together, “I Hold On,” as well as Bentley’s next single “Drunk on a Plane.”
“Every album I make I try to make a snapshot of where I am at that point in my life,” Bentley told Radio.com. “I’ve found the more personal that I write, the more universal the song tends to be.”
“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,” Bentley 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“The record I had originally made, my dad was alive at the time and my wife and I had two kids.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.”
“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. Will the tour stop here?
“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.”