Dierks Bentley is getting ready to release what he believes will be a defining new album this Fall. “Riser,” his brand new record, will be his most personal yet – written and recorded the year after his father’s death.
The title for his new album comes from the song “I’m A Riser,” a song about spiritual, personal and societal commentary on re-commitment, but he also can relate it to the battlefield of the music industry.
On why he believes this album will be his most personal yet, Dierks says:
“Life in general has a way of knocking you down. It’s different reasons for different folks – could be personal reasons, could be family reasons, your job, drugs, alcohol. That song really applies to anybody that’s lived. There have always been those moments when we have to get back up and get on our feet. They are defining moments…breakthrough moments.”
The theme throughout Dierks’ brand new album is accepting change and learning to grow and learn from it. “Riser” will showcase Dierks’ artistic depth and a new intensity that country fans may not have expected from him previously.
Dierks teamed up once again with Arthur Buenahora Jr. (who was executive producer on his first two albums), and producer Ross Copperman (writer of “Tip It On Back”).
Some tracks on the album were recorded live with Dierks’ band, and others at some less-than-traditional locales – including one track on his own tour bus! Other tracks were recorded at Ross Copperman’s home studio, who stood beside Dierks and pushed him to what they are calling his most emotional levels.
Dierks had this to say about Ross’ studio:
“It’s not even really a studio. 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.”
Dierks’ new album “Riser” will be released sometime this Fall. Stay tuned to Keepin’ it Country for the latest news on Dierks’ exciting new project.