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Album Review

For a decade, every single Dierks Bentley release placed at least in Billboard's Country Top 20, usually making it to the Top Ten. That streak came to an end in 2013, when "Bourbon in Kentucky" — the first single from his in-the-works seventh album, Riser, and a duet with 2013's hot star Kacey Musgraves to boot — stiffed, going no further than 40 on the country charts. Such a thing doesn't happen to a big country star, so action needed to be taken: Bentley revised Riser, adding some levity to an album that nevertheless remains highly contemplative. As Bentley notes in his brief liner notes for the album, he made Riser during a period when his father died and his first son was born, so the fact so much of the album is reflective is little surprise, but Riser remains subdued even as Dierks loosens up: "Drunk on a Plane" isn't raucous; it's a diligent march that suits its tale of post-breakup revelry. Apart from "Sounds of Summer" and "Back Porch," two not-bad attempts to reckon with bro-country, this is all mature and measured stadium-sized modern country, with the guitars not twanging but echoing like the Edge. Riser isn't an outsider's manifesto, it's the work of a guy taking stock as he's facing middle age, reconciling his dreams with his reality, finding strength in his family and the music he loves. With all these big issues, it's no wonder that Riser doesn't quite feel brimming with lighthearted singles, but it's a sturdy, often absorbing record from a singer who is determined to be in it for the long haul.

Customer Reviews

Real life. Real Dierks. Let's RISE.

From every album, to every single, to any collaboration Dierks has produced or been a part of, he has remained true to who he is and the experiences of his life. He is the epitome of a country artist sharing hear-felt, life-lived, been-there-done-that music to keep us goin when we're weary, pick us up when we fall, reflect on memories of old, and celebrate the good times. Here's to Dierks Bentley's RISER...a one-of-a-kind album from a one-of-a-kind country artist. Hit it Dierks!

True blue

I like Dierks because he doesn't sing about what every other country star is singing about right now alcohol, girls, and trucks . He's singing about life experiences and has a fun wild side. Been following him since he started love him! Closet to modern day country music, everything else has gone to country pop even rap! Take me back to the good ole days!

“It’s the moment when you choose to be… a RISER."

ALBUM. OF. THE. YEAR.! Waited a long time for this album and it’s safe to say it was absolutely worth the wait!! Dierks put so much heart and soul in this album, it just shines through in the songs and production of it. Absolutely BEST album you’ll buy all year. BUY IT.


Born: November 20, 1975 in Phoenix, AZ

Genre: Country

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Growing up in a non-musical family in Phoenix, Arizona, country singer Dierks Bentley got his country music education on his own, listening to recordings. A love of the music inspired him to move to Nashville at the age of 19, but he quickly grew discouraged by the lack of public and professional interest coming his way. It all changed when he walked into the Station Inn, a bar where the bluegrass faithful hung out. An all-night jam session recharged his batteries and he again started pursuing gigs....
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