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Dierks Bentley treated a small group of country music journalists to a preview of his new album, Riser, on Tuesday at a listening event in Nashville, playing eight of the still-in-progress record’s finished tracks.
Set for a fall release, Riser is influenced by the passing of Dierks’ father, Leon, last year . As such, it sounds to be a contemplative album, a mature project by an artist clearly growing as a songwriter and performer.
Of course, the good-timing songs—like “Pretty Girls” and the fantastic “Drunk on a Plane”—are also represented, though Dierks said, “You come to them through a back door.”
Debut single “Bourbon in Kentucky,” currently at radio, features guest vocals from Kacey Musgraves. The two performed the song at the Grand Ole Opry last night and it’s entered the rotation at Dierks’ show, along with the bass-heavy autobiographical “I Hold On,” which talks about all the "old stuff," like his truck and guitar, he still clings to. “It’s a fun song to play live,” Dierks said.