Dierks Bentley Previews New Album

Country Weekly was given a sneak preview of Dierks Bentley's upcoming Up On The Ridge album yesterday (March 31), by the singer/songwriter himself.

His highly anticipated album was recorded at a home recording studio in Nashville, where Dierks and producer/songwriter/artist Jon Randall Stewart previewed tracks from the upcoming album for CW. Much more than just a bluegrass album, the 12-song set draws heavily upon country, folk, and even rock and rap influences at times.

The album's lead single, "Up On The Ridge," is a jangly, banjo-laden tribute to southern living, complete with a shoutout to Dierk's constant sidekick, his dog Jake. Sam Bush and Alison Krauss contribute backing vocals to the track. Alison also brings her haunting voice to the lush and intimate "Draw Me A Map."

Other standouts include the Verlon Thompson-Suzi Ragsdale romp, "Bad Angel," a "so-good-it's-sinful" track with soulful vocals by Miranda Lambert and Jamey Johnson. Dierks also revamps some cover songs here; The Punch Brothers put a bluegrass spin on U2's "Pride (In The Name of Love)," with a killer high lonesome vocal by Del McCoury. Dierks also covers Bob Dylan's "Senor."

Dierks resurrects an old folk song, "Rovin' Gambler," and created a stark, authentic ode to working in the coal mines on "Down In The Mine" (written with Jon). The Steel Drivers' lead singer Chris Stapleton brings his bluesy voice to "Fallin' For You."

Dierks is gearing up to support the album with a 20+ show tour, including stops at MerleFest and the Ryman Auditorium. The album is set to release this summer.

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