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Fans of the short-lived game Flappy Bird will love Dierks Bentley’s version of the game dubbed RISER BIRD. The game replaces the little yellow flapping bird with the thunderbird image that has grown to represent Bentley’s current project.
“There are so many addicting games about birds right now, and we thought it would be funny to create our own RISER BIRD game,” explains Bentley. “I’m all about finding interesting ways to get music out to the fans, and this is just supposed to be fun.”
The game is available online in celebration of Bentley’s album RISER, released on Tuesday. Not only can fans enjoy playing the game, but they can also preview Bentley’s new music while playing.
With all this fun, the game could easily become another one of those addicting bird games Bentley described. Good thing too because gamers are eligible for some awesome prizes! One grand prize winner will win a trip to attend Bentley’s RISER TOUR rehearsal in Nashville, while five additional fans will win autographed copies of RISER.
Photo courtesy of Dierks Bentley’s official website
In anticipation of the release of RISER, Dierks Bentley will be all over your television with a variety of appearances. He’ll also be hosting fan events and film screening in support of his seventh album.
Set your DVRs for Good Morning America (2/25), The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (2/26), Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live (2/26) and The View (2/27). He’ll also be appearing on iHeartRadio’s Live Series on 2/25, and then, from New York City, Bentley will head to Chicago for an album release show (2/27). He’ll finish off the week-long trek with a surprise concert at an unannounced location that will be revealed on social media.
In addition to the performances, Bentley will host screenings of his film DIERKS BENTLEY: RISER in Toronto and Nashville, as well as Los Angeles (2/21) and New York City (2/24). CMT will air a special edit this Sat., Feb. 22 at 1:00P CT, and the full length will premiere the same day on Palladia at 8:00P CT. The film will also be available for purchase in the coming weeks. For more information on the upcoming album and film, visit www.dierks.com.
Additionally, before RISER hits streets, Rolling Stone is exclusively giving a first listen to the new album. Click here to listen.
The album was produced by Ross Copperman and Arturo Buenahora Jr., and includes a bevy of famous friends, including Kacey Musgraves, Chris Stapleton, The Cadillac Three‘s Jaren Johnston and Charlie Worsham.
“It’s important to really know the writers and musicians you work with, to hang out with them and live in the same world,” Bentley explains. “I have such a romance with Nashville and this community. I drove across the country when I was 19 years old with a dream of just being invited to the party. It’s still wild to me that I get to work with and call so many incredibly talented people my friends.”
Sonically, the album will ring true to a Bentley concert. “It’s the sound in my head that I hear when I’m playing a live show,” said Bentley. “You have one ear monitor in, one ear out, and the crowd’s there and your voice feels really great. There’s a certain amount of gravel to it because you’re tired, but you’re all jacked up on whatever you’re drinking and adrenaline, and the crowds and the fans are there and there’s this feeling, fists in the air—it’s that thing that’s hard to transfer into a studio environment. There’s a rawness.”
RISER Track List:
1. Bourbon In Kentucky (Hlilary Lindsey, Gordie Sampson, Ryan Tyndell)
** Background vocals by Kacey Musgraves
2. Say You Do (Shane McAnally, Matt Ramsey, Trever Rosen)
3. I Hold On (Brett James, Dierks Bentley)
4. Pretty Girls (Jessi Alexander, Jon Randall, Dierks Bentley)
5. Here On Earth (Ross Copperman, Ryan Tyndell, Dierks Bentley)
6. Drunk On A Plane (Josh Kear, Chris Tompkins, Dierks Bentley)
7. Five (Ross Copperman, Ryan Tyndell, Dierks Bentley)
8. Riser (Travis Meadows, Steve Moakler)
9. Sounds of Summer (Zach Crowell, Matt Jenkins, Adam Sanders)
10. Damn These Dreams (Ross Copperman, Jaren Johnston, Dierks Bentley)
11. Back Porch (Cary Barlowe, Jaren Johnston, Hillary Lindsey)
12. Hurt Somebody (Matt Fleener, Shane McAnally, Mark Nesler)
** Background vocals by Chris Stapleton
RISER is available for pre-order at digital retailers beginning tomorrow. Bentley will kick off his RISER TOUR on May 9 in Charlotte, NC. For more information on the upcoming tour and new music, visit www.dierks.com.
Bentley sent a series of tweets hinting at a major announcement and even posted a selfie to prove he was really behind the tweets before finally tweeting, “Looks like Goldie will be working overtime this year. Y’all ready for a #RISERTOUR?!” And fans were indeed ready, as Twitter burst with excitement in the following hours.
“This tour is the culmination of everything I’ve been working on for the past two years, both out on the road and in the studio recording RISER,” explains the “I Hold On” singer. Bentley knows exactly what his fans want – “a kick ass show, an affordable ticket and a good parking lot scene to get the pre-gaming going,” he says, and promises to deliver.
Fans can begin to purchase tickets for the first leg of the tour, which kicks off on May 9 in Charlotte, NC, on January 24.
With the release of his album RISER on February 25 and the announcement of the associated RISER TOUR, the excitement surrounding Dierks Bentley continues to rise – and at this rate, it’s never coming down!
Check out the RISER TOUR in a city near you:
Dierks Bentley‘s highly-anticipated new album, RISER, will hit stores on February 25, 2014. It is Bentley’s seventh studio album and will continue his trend of lyrical substance and pure sonic power combined with his distinct country voice. The album’s lead single, “I Hold On,” is currently climbing the country charts.
“I named the album RISER because the lyrics in that song perfectly articulate who I want to be, who I try to be,” Bentley explains. “There’s a lot of really intense material on this record, but there’s also a lighter side that is equally important in telling the story of the last two years of my life. When I first started writing for this album, I was in a place of grief over the loss of my dad, but over the course of the next 18 months, my wife and I had our son Knox, and I ended in a place of real joy and gratefulness. Both sides of that coin are what country music has always been about, and I hope that my fans can feel how much of myself I put into this project. It’s all out on the table, for sure.”
Watch a behind-the-scenes video about the making of RISER here:
Dierks Bentley will kick off CMA Week in a big way this year, with his eighth annual “Miles & Music for Kids” hitting Nashville on November 3rd. Bentley will also be joined by Jake Owen and Easton Corbin during his famous celebrity motorcycle ride and concert. The event benefits Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.
As part of After MidNite’s 20th anniversary celebration, Country music stars Dierks Bentley, Justin Moore, Craig Morgan and Chris Young will take over hosting duties for After MidNite in September. Each artist will sit behind the mic and give fans their unique, week-long take as host of the program. The 20-week takeover, which began on August 1 and runs through the end of 2013, also features special guest appearances, interviews and much more.
Below is the guest host schedule for September:
Craig Morgan – September 2 – 8
Dierks Bentley – September 9 – 15
Justin Moore – September 16 – 22
Chris Young – September 23 – 29
The celebrity takeover kicked off in August with Carrie Underwood, Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood, and Jake Owen. Additional hosts will be announced in the near future.
Dierks Bentley’s lead single “I Hold On” has already caught the attention of fans on the road, but today Country Radio is helping Bentley launch the track’s lyric video online. Fans can visit 120 radio station websites to watch and share Bentley’s first-ever lyric video, which includes memorable images pulled from Bentley’s own photo collection.
Officially available at Country Radio and on iTunes today, the new single was handpicked as USA Today’s “Song of the Week,” calling it “the 2013 version of ‘I Walk The Line.’” The Houston Chronicle noted, “it has the same simmering groove that marks his strongest material, while Yahoo! suggests “the anthemic ‘I Hold On’ couldn’t possibly be more predestined to be a hit.” “I Hold On” is the lead single off Bentley’s forthcoming seventh studio album RISER. For more information on new music, visit www.dierks.com.
Fans who want to check out the official lyric video can visit this link. To view it, you need to tweet out the message on the page before it will be revealed. Check it out and let us know what you think!
In advance of Dierks Bentley‘s forthcoming album, Riser, the award-winning singer/songwriter released his new single “I Hold On” to country radio. The track was written by Bentley and Brett James, pinning spiritual questions to material symbols with a personal touch.