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Dierks Bentley Releases RISER BIRD Game in Celebration of RISER Album

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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.

Think you’re ready to rise to the challenge? Take on RISER BIRD here. If you love the game and the music you hear while playing, buy Dierks Bentley’s latest album here!

Photo courtesy of Dierks Bentley’s official website

Review: Dierks Bentley ‘RISER’

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From the opening strains of “Bourbon in Kentucky,” the mood is set for RISER, an album that Dierks Bentley describes as his most personal yet. Although the opening track was released as a single, it never quite took off, but sets the mood for an album of depth and reflection, sprinkled with humor and all held together by Bentley’s gravelly rasp.

Speaking to Rolling Stone, Bentley admits that this album comes from a different place than many of his others. Although previous endeavors touched on the heartbreak that ultimately comes with dating and relationships, this album comes from a different heartbreak, the death of his father, and the instability of life with the birth of his third child. “The record I had originally made, my dad was alive at the time and my wife and I had two kids. Life was stabilized,” Bentley says to the magazine. “And then all of a sudden my dad passed away. Then my wife got pregnant and my son was coming, which was just a whole mix of emotions for me.”

The album is truly a journey through Bentley’s psyche, highlighted immediately by his current single “I Hold On” and the equally-reflective “Here On Earth.” The former has Bentley clinging to things such as his old truck, his first guitar, his faith and his wife, while the latter was inspired by the 2012 Sandy Hook school shooting and asks the bigger questions about life. “The only answer I’ve found for all this hurt,” Bentley sings, “Is there ain’t no answers here on Earth.”

Dierks Bentley Reveals RISER Track List

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We’re less than one month away from the release of Dierks Bentley‘s seventh studio album, RISER. The album, hitting stores February 25, will show a more emotional side of Dierks, as its his first release since the death of his father and the birth of his first son.

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.

Dierks Bentley Sets “RISER” Release Date for February 25

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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 Releases New Single “Bourbon in Kentucky”

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Dierks Bentley‘s new single “Bourbon in Kentucky” was released to radio today! The song will officially be going for adds on June 10th.

“Bourbon In Kentucky” is the lead single from Bentley’s upcoming seventh studio album, Riser, due out this fall.

The track describes the deepest pain and depression that comes from an unbearable loss, and the lengths a person goes through to try to kill or ease that pain. Bentley began working on the album after he lost his father in June 2012.

Bentley’s intensity in “Bourbon” is matched by the haunting background vocals provided by Kacey Musgraves. He shares:

“I’ve never heard anything like ‘Bourbon’ before. I really love the angst of it. I’ve been there before where you can’t drink your way through a heartache or a broken heart. There’s such an aggressive lonesomeness in this song.”

Bentley also does not want people making assumptions about the upcoming album’s sound:

“I don’t want anyone to have any preconceived notions of what the rest of the album’s going to sound like. I’d just like this first song out there to kind of shatter any expectations.”

Dierks is currently on the road with Miranda Lambert for their Locked & Reloaded Tour.

You can STREAM “Bourbon” right now on www.Dierks.com! Just share via your Facebook or Twitter, and you’ll get to listen to the new track.

Also, check out a behind-the-scenes interview with Dierks from RollingStone.com: