Dierks Bentley has a new CD due out this summer titled Up On The Ridge. He's said many times that if he hadn't discovered bluegrass, he never would have become a country singer or landed a record deal. His love for country was kindled by the energy and artistry of bluegrass, and he's never lost his passion for it. Dierks shares, "This album won't come as a surprise to my hard core fans. They've asked me, 'When are you going to make a bluegrass record?' And I was just waiting for the right time." With a grueling tour behind him, Bentley felt liberated to pursue this project of the heart. He explains, "I didn't want this to be 'Dierks Bentley and friends' or a 'Dierks does bluegrass' kind of album. I wanted each song to have something special about it, and in the end I think each song really does have its own thing going on."
Up On The Ridge features Bentley working with some of the finest acoustic musicians in the world, including long-time collaborators the Del McCoury Band and a magical new musical partnership with Chris Thile and the Punch Brothers. The album also features a number of vocal and instrumental contributions ranging from Alison Krauss and Miranda Lambert to Tim O'Brien and Sam Bush, among many others. Dierks wrote some of the songs, but there are unexpected sources, such as Bob Dylan. Bentley elaborates, "It's my version of bluegrass music. It's not just banjos cranked up to eleven. It throws out a big net."
Personally I CANNOT wait to get my hands on this, it is going to be stellar!! Are you looking forward to it? ~Vanessa
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