The Mountain

The Mountain

by Dierks BentleyDierks Bentley


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As a title, The Mountain can't help but convey the great outdoors, which is surely Dierks Bentley's intention. Last time he delivered an album, it was Black, a sleek and urban 2016 affair that found the singer/songwriter beginning to come to grips with an encroaching middle age, and while it was a commercial and artistic success, it was decidedly a city album. The Mountain isn't. It's still a smooth, professional affair -- it was produced in part by Ross Copperman, who helmed Black -- but the imagery plays upon the outdoors and the West, enough to suggest this was a deliberate move on Bentley's part. If that wasn't enough of a hint, the country singer brought in Jon Randall, his collaborator on the 2010 bluegrass album Up on the Ridge, to produce the part of The Mountain that Copperman didn't, signaling how Dierks intends to bridge the gap between his city and country sides. He's successful, because he winds up with a cunning and subtle blend of his craftmanship, country roots, and expansive musical interests. Bentley avoids both the humor and boozing that characterized his hits of the first half of the 2010s, choosing to pepper his songs of gratitude and love with earnest passion and telling little details (he falls in love on the L Train on "My Religion"). Generally, The Mountain is so skillful and polished, the songs glide by without effort, so it takes a little close listening to realize how well crafted the individual songs are, and how they combine together to make one of Bentley's best records.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/08/2018
Label: Capitol Nashville
UPC: 0602567475828
catalogNumber: 002828602
Rank: 162226

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dierks Bentley   Primary Artist,Background Vocals
Jerry Douglas   Dobro
Sam Bush   Mandolin
Matt Chamberlain   Percussion,Drums
Dan Dugmore   Pedal Steel Guitar,Electric Guitar
Tim O'Brien   Bouzouki,Fiddle,Background Vocals
Jon Randall   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Background Vocals
Alan Bradbury   Background Vocals
F. Reid Shippen   Synthesizer Bass
Luke Dick   Acoustic Guitar,Percussion,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
Ian Fitchuk   Bass,Keyboards,Synthesizer Bass
Jamie Kenney   Keyboards
Hillary Lindsey   Background Vocals
Rob McNelley   Electric Guitar
Brandi Carlile   Vocals
Jedd Hughes   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Dan Hochhalter   Fiddle
Ross Copperman   Acoustic Guitar,Percussion,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Josh Kear   Background Vocals
Heather Morgan   Background Vocals
Ben Nelson   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Mandolin
Danny Rader   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Bouzouki,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Jon Nite   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Matt Chamberlain   Programming
Natalie Hemby   Composer
Jon Randall Stewart   Producer
Jon Randall   Composer
F. Reid Shippen   Programming,Engineer
Luke Dick   Composer,Programming
Laura Veltz   Composer
Dierks Bentley   Composer
Jamie Kenney   Composer
Hillary Lindsey   Composer
Michael Pollack   Composer
Douglas Gledhill   Art Direction
Ross Copperman   Composer,Programming,Producer
Bobby Pinson   Composer
Arturo Buenahora   Executive Producer
Ashley Gorley   Composer
Josh Kear   Composer
Luke Laird   Composer
Heather Morgan   Composer
Scooter Carusoe   Composer
Jeff Hyde   Composer
Danny Rader   Programming
Jesse Alexander   Composer
Ben Burgess   Composer
Simon McLoughlin   Art Direction
Jon Nite   Composer
Shani Gandhi   Engineer
Rick Markowitz   Composer
Dan Davis   Engineer

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