Seven albums into one of country music’s most-respected and most-unpredictable careers, award-winning singer/songwriter Dierks Bentley continues to grow. His latest evolution comes in the form of RISER, a project due early 2014 that stands as his most personal to date.
Written and recorded in the year following his father’s death, the album draws its title from “I’m A Riser,” a song about resilience and determination. “I’m A Riser” works as a commentary on spiritual, personal and societal recommitment, but it also applies to the competitive battlefield of the music industry. It’s particularly appropriate for an album about rejuvenation delivered by Bentley.
Accepting change – and growing from it – is a key theme in RISER, and it’s reflected by the tone of the album, which demonstrates a new artistic depth and an extralevel of intensity for Bentley. It evolves from track to track, exuding a range of emotions, all the while impressing upon the listener that Bentley’s instinct for a hit is stronger than ever. Bentley made significant reconfigurations in his creative team to shake up his sonic texture without sacrificing his commercial drive. He re-enlisted executive producer Arturo Buenahora Jr., who worked on Bentley’s first two albums; and utilized producer Ross Copperman, who co-wrote “Tip It On Back” for Bentley’s current album Home.
“It’s not even really a studio,” Bentley says of Copperman’s set-up. “It’s just kind of a corner of the house he’s taken over, so there was a kind of intimacy to the vocal process. It was important to get out of the studio and sing in different places, and to do it with other people in the room. That way, you have an audience and you get a sense of what’s working, what’s not working, when it’s feeling good, not feeling good. It brings a little more emotion and energy out of your voice.”
Bentley has forged his own path in an industry built predominantly on formula. He has mixed elements of modern country, classic country, bluegrass and rock, maintaining an unmistakable identity while constantly reinventing his sound. His album Home debuted at No. 1 and spawned three consecutive chart-topping hits, marking 10 career No. 1 songs for Bentley as a singer and songwriter. His five previous studio albums have sold more than five million copies, garnered 11 GRAMMY nominations and earned him an invitation to join the Grand Ole Opry.
Tickets will go on sale Friday, March 7 at 10 am at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre and Ponte Vedra Concert Hall box offices. Enjoy complimentary coffee, snacks and Dierks Bentley tunes at the Amphitheatre on Friday morning. Save on fees by purchasing tickets here at our box office, walk around the venue and scout your potential seat, and have first pick when the tickets go on sale at 10am. Tickets also will be available at findmytix.com, all Ticketmaster outlets, or by phone at 800-745-3000.
Show: Dierks Bentley with Frankie Ballard and Brothers Osborne
Venue: St. Augustine Amphitheatre
Date: Saturday, April 12, 2014
Time: Doors 5:30pm / Show 7:00pm
Ticket Prices: $62.50 (general admission standing pit); $56.50 – 100 level; $46.50 – 200 level; $46.50 – 300 level
Website: www.dierks.com, www.staugamphitheatre.com, www.findmytix.com
Josh Bratovich, Marketing Specialist, St. Johns County Cultural Events Division, email@example.com, (904) 209-0366