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Dierks Bentley 'Riser' album coming next month

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Dierks Bentley 'Riser' album coming next month

By Stephen L. Betts. CREATED Jan 6, 2014

Dierks Bentley has set Feb. 25 as the release date for his latest album, "Riser." His seventh studio disc, "Riser" earned its title, Dierks says, "because the lyrics in that song perfectly articulate who I want to be, who I try to be. 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. When I first started writing for this album, I was in a place of grief over the loss of my dad, but over the course of the next 18 months, my wife and I had our son Knox, and I ended in a place of real joy and gratefulness. Both sides of that coin are what country music has always been about, and I hope that my fans can feel how much of myself I put into this project. It's all out on the table, for sure."

Working with producer Ross Copperman and executive producer Arturo Buenahora Jr., Dierks and his producers mixed old-school live recording techniques with newer, more experimental technology. Watch a behind the scenes video of the making of "Riser" above.

"I Hold On," the second single from "Riser," penned by Dierks with Brett James, is currently climbing the charts.

Stephen L. Betts

Stephen L. Betts

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Stephen L. Betts ("Steve") is a Nashville-based journalist who started his career as a tour guide, karaoke operator and library assistant at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.