Dierks Bentley talks production, personal songwriting and his new album, Riser

Posted Mar 24, 2014 at 7:25am
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During the title track of his seventh album, Dierks Bentley drives home the idea that he's a riser – as in, someone who rises to the occasion, rises above the fray, is perpetually on the rise. You get the idea. Metaphors aside, there's measurable upward momentum behind the Arizona-born singer and songwriter, on the charts, where Riser debuted atop Billboard's Country Albums Chart, and on the road, where he's recently become a bona fide arena headliner.

While making his decade-long professional climb, Bentley was also starting a family. A televised documentary sharing the same title as his latest album shows him and his band members stopping on the side of the road to celebrate his tour coach odometer crossing the one million mark. In another scene, you see him personally piloting his tiny airplane back to Nashville, where his pregnant wife and two daughters are waiting to meet him at the airstrip. All of that's to say, from the career front to the home front, the guy's got a lot going on.

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