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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/25/2014
Label: Capitol
UPC: 0602537506446
catalogNumber: 1940402
Rank: 53745


  1. Bourbon In Kentucky
  2. Say You Do
  3. I Hold On
  4. Pretty Girls
  5. Here On Earth
  6. Drunk On a Plane
  7. Five
  8. Riser
  9. Sounds of Summer
  10. Damn These Dreams
  11. Back Porch
  12. Hurt Somebody

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dierks Bentley   Primary Artist
Mickey Raphael   Harmonica
Dan Dugmore   Acoustic Guitar,Dobro,Pedal Steel Guitar,Electric Guitar
Kenny Greenberg   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Rob Hajacos   Fiddle
Craig Wright   Percussion,Drums
Jonathan Yudkin   Strings
Jason Lehning   Synthesizer,Keyboards,Hammond B3
Jon Randall   Background Vocals
Sam Ashworth   Background Vocals
F. Reid Shippen   Percussion
Fred Eltringham   Percussion,Drums
Bryan Sutton   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin
Lee Hendricks   Bass
Tony Lucido   Bass
Hillary Lindsey   Background Vocals
Brian Layson   Banjo,Mandolin,Electric Guitar
Jaren Johnston   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Background Vocals
Jedd Hughes   Electric Guitar
Dan Hochhalter   Banjo,Fiddle
Ross Copperman   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Jessi Alexander   Background Vocals
Charlie Worsham   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Mandolin,Electric Guitar,Ukulele
Kacey Musgraves   Background Vocals
Chris Stapleton   Background Vocals
Ryan Tyndell   Mandolin,Percussion,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Ilya Toshinskiy   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Mandolin,Electric Guitar
Mark Hill   Bass

Technical Credits

Jonathan Yudkin   String Arrangements,String Writing
Brett James   Composer
Jon Randall   Composer
F. Reid Shippen   Engineer
Gordie Sampson   Composer
Mark Nesler   Composer
Shane McAnally   Composer
Adam Sanders   Composer
Karen Naff   Art Direction
Dierks Bentley   Composer
Hillary Lindsey   Composer
Cary Barlowe   Composer
Jaren Johnston   Composer,Producer
Ross Copperman   Composer,Programming,Producer,overdub engineer,Vocal Engineer
Jessi Alexander   Composer
Matt Jenkins   Composer
Arturo Buenahora   Executive Producer
Josh Kear   Composer
Matt Ramsey   Composer
Travis Meadows   Composer
Ryan Tyndell   Composer
Trevor Rosen   Composer
Zach Crowell   Composer
Steven Moakler   Composer
Matt Fleener   Composer
Chris Tompkins   Composer

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