Dierks Bentley's upcoming album, Up on the Ridge, takes a left turn from his usual country style into more bluegrass-inspired string band territory. Though he admits a lot of people think he's a little nuts for taking this chance, Dierks feels country artists should have a right to experiment every now and then. He tells the Washington Post, "In country music you get locked into a brand, and it can become a stranglehold that makes you repeat the same thing over and over again."
Several of Dierks' country contemporaries agree with him that it's good for an artist to break out, and they've put their money where their mouth is on that point. Miranda Lambert, Jamey Johnson and Alison Krauss all lend their voices to Up on the Ridge, which lands in stores June 8th.
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