SINGER/SONGWRITER DIERKS BENTLEY
Country Music’s HOME – The Ryman Auditorium
“I definitely stepped away and explored some things that were more on the fringe of country music for a little while,” said Bentley. “So, this record feels fresh. It doesn’t feel like a continuation of any other project or series of recordings. I love being able to try different things musically, and I’m so thankful my fans have followed me to those places. But, I feel like my real ‘Home’ is in the center of country music.”
Bentley’s versatility as a writer shines on the disc that has already produced the rowdy No. one hit “Am I The Only One.” Bentley penned the good-time chart topper, as well as the disc’s spiritual anchor and title track “Home,” which has caught early attention from National Public Radio critics for the authenticity of its lyrics. Additional writing credits on the album are highlighted by the sonic seduction of “Breathe You In” and a father’s love letter in “Thinking of You.”
On other tracks, the signature gravel in Bentley’s voice pairs flawlessly with the smokiness of Little Big Town’s Karen Fairchild‘s vocal on “When You Gonna Come Around,” while legendary bluegrass players Sam Bush and Tim O’Brien reunite with Bentley on “Heart of a Lonely Girl.” The country crankers “Diamonds Make Babies” and “5-1-5-0” have already been road tested and embraced by country music fans, who will also want to listen through the album’s closer for the recording’s hidden special guest.
HOME Track List:
1. Am I The Only One
2. Gonna Die Young
3. Tip It On Back
5. Diamonds Make Babies
6. In My Head
7. Breathe You In
8. The Woods
9. When You Gonna Come Around (Featuring Karen Fairchild)
11. Heart Of A Lonely Girl
12. Thinking Of You
Bentley stands out among his contemporaries as the only country singer who can claim performances from Lollapalooza to the Telluride Bluegrass Festival and Bonnaroo to the CMA Music Festival, a true artist carefully tailoring his sets to each. He’s a member of the Grand Ole Opry, and last fall was invited to perform “Home” for the President at the White House. This devotion to developing all sides of his musicianship took Bentley on a successful journey into bluegrass music last year with his acclaimed and GRAMMY nominated album UP ON THE RIDGE. And over his diverse career, the CMA “Best New Artist” winner has sold over five million albums, scored eight No. one hits at country radio and collected 10 GRAMMY nominations.
Bentley will return ‘Home’ for a special album release show at Nashvlle’s historic Ryman Auditorium on Feb. 2. The second leg of the Country & Cold Cans tour will resume on Feb. 15 with the first dates scheduled internationally in Canada and Australia.
For more album details and for a full list of tour dates, visit www.dierks.com.