Dierks Bentley‘s new album, Riser, is in stores everywhere today. It features Dierks’ latest hit, “I Hold On,” as well as 11 other songs that he says are incredibly personal.
Dierks tells us that Riser represents the two loves of his life — his musical career and his family — and the pull of the two made for great songwriting fodder. “If you told me two years ago I’d have the word ‘Daddy’ in a song, like I would say, ‘No, I’m not gonna sing a song that has the word “Daddy” in it . . . my kid saying the word “daddy.” That’s not cool!’ But cool is being honest and being authentic and that’s just where I am in my life. I have these two loves. I love Hank Jr. I love country music. He’s the guy that got me into it. I love being on the road with my band and just dying on stage everynight. I live for that, but at the same time I have a family now. I love them crazy, and leaving, it just gets harder everytime to leave, so it creates a lot of tension, which isn’t necessarily always a bad thing, so, yeah, I do feel like with this record there’s such a wealth of stuff to draw from from a writing standpoint, and I feel like it’s very personal but I feel like on my seventh record you’ve got to be moving in some direction and for me it’s going inside, in deeper, you know?”