Dierks bentley heads back to ‘mountain’



Dierks bentley heads back to ‘mountain’

You may be used to hearing male stars in mainstream countries sing the praises of life in the south, the town life, the flirtatious and gentlemanly songs of the ten years of Friday night. Born in Arizona, stage, lead singer/songwriter dix, bentley has got along in this environment by providing plain frolic, even as he let his own space artistic exploration. “I just wanted to find a way to make it meaningful to me,” he said in a telephone interview during a rehearsal. “It’s a bit like I want to eat cake, also want to eat, I want to be a great song, sounds very huge, and very like it, but if you’re a fan, you’ll dig,” oh, I understand what he was doing.

In The upcoming 9 album “The Mountain” announced later today, will launch later this year to explore and theme of self-realization, across The arid desert and rugged Mountain ridge line, cactus flower and wind rolled The grass. Although orbit with propulsion power, programming cycle, and the current national production of digital capture, mandolin, banjo, violin and guitar blue grass texture and west coast of the country rock of shiny harmonic winding sat in the front.

For bentley, the balance of appeal and its own music interest is not a new goal. People who don’t have closely followed his career might be surprised to find that he and Miranda lambert is one of the contemporary the only national behavior, can be in the magazine “depression” of the original incarnation is described in the page. . Bentley’s feature makes him a contender for a rising nation, and he is seeking the contributions of American songwriters and bluegrass pickers.

In 2010, after five stations produced nearly a dozen, he is ready, at least temporarily to give Up the industry in the promotion of the treadmill, and in Asheville (Asheville) recorded over the string music album Up On the Ridge. Later, he went back to the hustle and hustle, this time to make an album with a more artistic, unifying theme. The “black” in 2016 is by far the most complex of his works, its loose narrative clue is through romantic tryst and tried, through the story of a careless, finally forced him to consider the feelings of myself. When bentley toured behind it, he got bluegrass music every night, and he opened the show with a phony band. He explained: “we opened the opening game for our opening match.

The mountain, most of which took place in Telluride, a ski town in Colorado, is a legendary bluegrass festival, a particularly free process. Bentley says NPR talks about it.

The interview has been edited.

What creative space have you had since making black?

These records, one thing is consistent, I don’t have any expectations. There is no calculation or plan. There is no meeting about what the next record needs. Usually I say, “I don’t know what I’m writing. I don’t know what the next record will be.” Usually, [my manager] Mary [Hilliard Harrington] gave me a deadline and I found this to be the most helpful for me.

Tourism is big business, right? You know, this tour starts in May. We have open behavior. We have a lot of things in line. [she said:] “it would be great if we had our first single in January. That makes sense. I mean, when you travel, there are some new concerts, right?

Each record needs to be different. It needs to get up on its own. I’m not from the south. I can’t make some southern thoughts, lifestyle and nostalgic records. I don’t have this crutch, and in some ways I might be lucky. I think it forces me to work harder. If it’s a voice, an idea or a song, I need to find something that will inspire me. With this album, a lot of [start] on the blue grass festival telluride. I played a play there. Sam (bush), Tim (o ‘brien) and jerry (Douglas) and [Travelin’] McCourys all stood up with me. Kristier and I got up together. This is a great setup.

This was last year.

This is June. “The only thing missing is Del McCoury,” I told the crowd, and I wore a Del McCoury shirt. Then he walked out of the little backstage. It was one of the best times of my life, in a familiar environment. I’ve been there many times. But there are some things at this time. I started thinking about this album, and I’ve been making that movie [only brave, about firefighters in Arizona], and my beard grew up. I missed the west.

Since you made your string band Up On the Ridge, you’ve been threatening to make another album. You didn’t do that, but you did something you’ve never done: start recording in Nashville, the commercial national recording center. What is the difference between such landscape changes?

I have an idea for a western album, but I don’t know what that means. This is a matty Stewart type thing? I like this album [Way Out West]. This is a sound thing? A lyrical thing? A bunch of natural references? Is it Marty Robbins? So I said, “let’s go to telluride.” There’s something that just lets you reach for the guitar.

You brought your co-authors.

Yeah, I’ve been writing a lot of people in town. They are the best. Luke Dick, Natalie Hemby, Jon Nite, Jon Randall, Ross Copperman, Ashley Gorley. They’ve never been there. It’s magic. We wrote letters all day, about four o ‘clock, on the deck of the little house, and began to drink some beer, hang out, watch the sunset, watch the mountains change, and everyone was singing. All six of us slept in the house. It was an opportunity for a child in his thirties and forties to pretend to live in a small house in boulder. You think you’re really free. I’ve never done anything like this. When we were there, Ross said, “man, we should go back here and record. I was like, “that would be fun, but right. That will never happen. “And then we did.

Mary found a studio outside the town where Sam bush did something, like an audiobook. My friend (studio engineer) Reid Shippen went out, checked, put all the gear on a truck, and said, “this place is great!”

You’ve been talking about “Up on the Ridge,” and you’ve been out of the mainstream for a while to do what you want to do. How do you try to coordinate the mainstream and the profit?

I say to the musician is: “look at you, look at the mountains, I can’t say this topic, as long as go hiking, take the cable car, drink coffee, go for a walk in the city, enjoy the atmosphere of the place that I need you to make such a record. “That’s what I think ultimately has this western feeling, I’m looking for.

You mentioned matty Robbins. His cowboy folk song is one of many examples of the western flavor that once existed in rural music. But southern towns have long been the first choice for country songs. Apart from being a native of Arizona, what else can attract you to the west?

Western ideas and mountains are also mountains. I’ve seen so many people, and everyone you meet has a story to tell. I mean, right in front of you. Everyone climbed up the mountain. Everyone is trying to improve themselves. Everyone is looking for a way to push and find charging. I think this album is about the atmosphere of the west, but there is also a mountain metaphor, one after another, to continue to climb.

In the past, you’ve talked about the country music you’ve heard, the George strait and George Jones as adult music. But you’ve built your career in an age where the pendulum swings back to youthful glamour and party voices. A few years ago, you told me that you were planning how to balance the party and family characters, and how to make room for the noise, the friendly materials and the arts. What are you doing now?

I think the more you can get rid of your mind and make the right thing, the more true it is. I don’t think about that anymore. I just wanted to do the job, so when I got to the stage, I could be there. I don’t care about demographics or age. I hope this is just good music. At this time of my career, I have nothing to lose. So it’s like “let’s make the best album, let’s get the most out of it.” What is the most likely thing to happen?


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