By Shannon Frost Greenstein

Dierks Bentley has been teasing something exciting on social media, and now, we finally know what it is.  He’s announced a new album entitled “The Mountain”, due out sometime in 2018.

So, what inspired this album?  What are his intentions with the new tracks?  How did it come to be?

As NPR reported, Dierks is aiming both for success on the charts, and accolades from the fans.  He understands the importance of a catchy hook, a popular single, but he’s not forgetting that his listeners need to get something deep and meaningful out of his music as well.

In a phone interview, Dierks said, “It’s kinda like I want to have my cake and eat it too. I want to have a big single that sounds gigantic that you listen to on the surface and love it, but if you’re a fan, you dig deeper and go, ‘Oh, I see what he’s doing.'”

And as for the sound?

Well, the entire album was recorded in the ski town of Telluride, CO, following the 2017 Telluride Bluegrass festival.  NPR describes the album, “…”pursu(ing) themes of questing and self-actualization across a wide-open terrain of arid deserts and rugged ridgelines, cactus flowers and tumbleweeds.”  Bluegrass is certainly a huge influence, as is the current country-rock vibe we’re seeing out west.

You can check out a little excerpt below, and click here for NPR’s interview with Dierks.  And how is he feeling about this latest effort?  He says, “I don’t care about the success of the album as much as I care about it just has to be right. And not having regrets. It’s important to me to be completely focused and not miss an idea.”

We’re sure it’s going to be right, Dierks, and we can’t wait to hear the whole thing!


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