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Dierks Bentley at DTE, 5 Things To Know
Dierks Bentley has covered a lot of ground in not a lot of time.
Itās been just 15 years since his self-titled major label debut, and during the interim the Arizona native has become one of country musicās biggest stars, with 10 studio albums -- including āThe Mountain,ā coming on June 8 -- and 15 No. 1 country singles. Heās also won multiple Academy of Country Music and Country Music Association Awards and also hosted the ACM Awards for two years running.
Bentley, 42, has already had enough success to release one greatest hits album, in 2008, and has since amassed enough to put another together. For now, however, heās spending the year climbing āThe Mountain,ā which follows three consecutive No. 1 predecessors...
ā¢ As with his last few albums, Bentley says he went into āThe Mountainā with a clean slate. āI try to go into these albums knowing that I donāt know anything,ā he explains by phone. āI donāt know what Iām trying to say. Iām just open, just looking for something. Iām searching. Iām seeking. Iām trying to find something to write about and donāt know what it is. Thatās scary; My management team comes out and says, āItās about time to do an album.ā āI have no idea what I want to do.ā āWell, you better...ā (laughs). Then you just start trying a bunch of stuff and see what sticks.ā
ā¢ Bentley wrote most of āThe Mountainā in Telluride, Colo., with a group of collaborators he dubbed the Telluwriters. āI just felt super-inspired,ā he says. āI wanted to do something about the West, and Iām not sure what that even meant. I just wanted to get out there and write. I had a few ideas about life and love, things I was feeling, and it all started to come together. You have to just let it play out and eventually it gets to a place where itsā concrete enough you can start sharing it.ā
ā¢ For Bentley, the albumās loose theme was inspired by being in the mountains of Colorado and the kind of metaphor it provided for the songs. āIn my life, Iām often around fans who are going through all sorts of struggles, climbing mountains. And then Iām out there on a mountain, feeling that release nature brings to me, that recharge. So itās metaphor for how everyoneās going through some sort of internal struggle their dealing with. I hear stories from my fans talking about determination and what theyāre getting past, and what the music and the live show means to them. And itās the same for me. So a lot of things started tying together and it became a kind of journey I could take people -- like a hike or something, a climb. And the live show becomes the same kind of thing.ā
ā¢ Bentley says the shows on his Mountain High Tour this year will be very different than what heās presented before. āThe idea of just playing a song, stopping, playing another song, stopping...thatās kind of old school. I like the way DJs do it, where they just keep the music playing all night, one song into another, almost like one long song thatās a bunch of small songs scooped in. Thatās what our show is gonna be like. Itās different for us, but really exciting. It feels like taking people on a really good ride, which is what I want.ā
ā¢ Bentley was happy to sit out hosting duties for this yearās ACM Awards, letting Reba McEntire return to the role. āIt was a great show. It was fun to be able to be present and just enjoy the show and see friends you havenāt seen for awhile and be there with my wife. It was like a date night for us; I took her to see (Justin) Timberlake after my performance, so it was a pretty awesome night. And Reba did such a good job. It was an awesome night.ā
If You Go:
ā¢ 26th annual WYCD 99.5 Hoedown with Dierks Bentley, the Brothers Osborne, Lanco and more
ā¢ 3:30 p.m. Friday, June 1.
ā¢ DTE Energy Music Theatre, Sashabaw Road east of I-75, Independence Township.
ā¢ Tickets are $94.75 and $74.75 pavilion, $35 lawn with a $59.75 lawn four-pack.
ā¢ Call 313-471-7000 or visit 313Presents.com.
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