Friday, July 20, 2018

Somebody Call the Po-Po! Dierks Featured in Lip-Sync Videos Across U.S.

If you've been on social media in the last few weeks, you've seen it.

The law enforcement lip sync battle craze has been taking over the country ... and we have to admit: We love it!

It's certainly entertaining, and ultimately, it's showing off not just the officers' dance moves, but reminding everyone that our men and women in uniform are real people.

Naturally, given the stars of these videos, Dierks Bentley's "5-1-5-0" has popped up a few times in this battle and we can't get enough!

Here are the videos we found featuring this hit:

Meridian Police Department, Idaho

Yuma County Sheriff's Office, Arizona

Lebanon Police Department, Tennessee

College Station Police Department, Texas

Tega Cay Police Department, South Carolina

Stuart Police Department, Florida

Have you seen a Dierks Bentley lip sync video we didn't catch? Please share it in the comments and we'll get it added to this blog.

Jessica Borrelli
DB Congress Rep, WA

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Dierks Art that Lasts Forever

On July 13, DB Congress member Rebecca Scott posed a great question to the Facebook page:

As someone with numerous tattoos adorning my body, I find this to be a perfect question, as I, too, have considered which Dierks lyric or image I should get. I was so excited to see I'm not the only one who feels this way!

DBCers shared their photos and inspiration in response to our question of, "Got Dierks [ink]?" Here is some of the art you shared!

Sandra Bowers Grubb shared, "In Sept. 2012, I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis and the song "Every Mile A Memory" became my Walk Team name because "Every Mile I Walk is a Memory." The orange ribbon on the butterfly represents MS. Fast forward to 2014 and "Riser" was release, then that one became my anthem. This tattoo reminds me every day that I am a Riser and that I am a fighter, a survivor."

Nicole Snell said, "Here’s my Riser bird/long trip alone db! I wanted a Riser bird as a tattoo because of how much the song Riser means to me, but I wanted to make it unique, and something else I love about Dierks, and so I decided on the db symbol from the Long Trip Alone album. I love that song and album a lot, and always loved that db symbol so I thought it was perfect! I decided I HAD to get a tattoo of him in some way, after all these years of following him around 😉 It’s a perfect tattoo to show me everyday that I’m a Riser, and I get asked all the time what that symbol is and people get to learn about Dierks that way haha"

Elise Benjamin Taylor shared, "My “Riser” tattoo. There are several reasons behind this tattoo, because I’m a Riser. But mostly because my Dad was a Riser and taught me to be one too. His final days were fighting stage IV lung cancer and he fought like a “Riser”. He had a tumor on his spine and we all knew that when it grew he would lose his ability to walk. So up to that point every single day my Dad got up and would work on his farm. Every. Single. Day. Through radiation and chemo he never stopped. He just kept fighting. During this time, my mother in law was also diagnosed with stage IV cancer, and I lost several friends to cancer, other illnesses, accidents and suicide. There were days I was so depressed I didn’t want to get out of bed, but I did, every single day. The song and the album “Riser” helped me through these hard times. “I Hold On” and “Here On Earth” also have so much special meaning. “Riser” will always be my favorite album."

Kathy Butler shared, "It's the LTA db symbol w/ lyrics that have a lot of meaning to me."

Meredith Mauer shared, "I got this tattoo while in Nashville, on an impromptu trip to see Deirks at the Station Inn with Kathy Butler. When Riser came out, it resonated with the with me on several levels. At the time, I was struggling (and still am) with some health issues and the recent loss of my best friend, who was KIA in Afghanistan. This was MY SONG! I incorporated the American flag into the Riser bird, and placed it on my wrist so it would fly proud when my arm was raised above my head. Funny side story to this: after the show at the Station Inn, we got to talk to Dierks and he signed some Hashprints for some fellow DBC members who weren't able to make it to the show. When he saw my tattoo, he did a double take and asked if it was real. He said he asked to send a pic of it to him, which Kathy did for me. I MAY have had a few beers that night, so I proceeded to tell him the story of the flag placement on my tattoo. Then, I went on this long spiel about the history of the way the military carries the flag. Poor guy! 😂😂. My tattoo was also featured in the DBTV video from that night. It was a great night with a lot of laughs."

Cecia Guidry Benoit shared, "I incorporated a few things into my tattoo. There’s the RISER bird because this song means so much to me. The palm trees symbolize “Somewhere On A Beach.” (Dierks is obviously my favorite and the beach is my happy place.) The stars and lightning represents my favorite band, The Cadillac Three, which also represents the Tennessee state flag. All of these things are all inside of a music symbol. I guess you can say it’s kind of a collage of all of my happies! ☺️"

Leanna Gasiewicz shared, "I got this after I called my wedding off, 'my faith your love our freedom is what keeps me going strong' and nothing can hold me back!"

Kelsey Hodges shared, "Had this for about 7 years now, ready to [get] something "mountain" themed soon."

Kimberly Fischer shared this photo. No caption needed!

Elena Lotten shared, "My husband had Dierks sign his arm at a meet and greet and got it tattooed the next day!!!"

Stefanie McNelis Alyssa shared, "😘😘 Upper left corner picture you can see we have “every mile a memory.” Very meaningful ❤️ that was a weekend of 3 shows in 3 or 4 days. Bloomington IL - Franklin WI -Chicago IL. It was Franklin, Wisconsin, where it was POURING down rain during “Home”... it was amazing to say the least! Every time I hear that song I am reminded of that experience."

Stacy Sievers shared, "I have this one on my left leg, I'd like to someday get a song lyric around it!"

Cassie Robinson shared, "I had him write out grateful for me last month ❤️"

If you have Dierks ink, we'd love to see it! Please share in the comments!

Jessica Borrelli
DB Congress Rep, WA

Monday, July 2, 2018

Exclusive: Special Video Message from Dierks Bentley to His DB Congress!

Dierks Bentley has a heart full of grateful and he's letting his DB Congress know just how much we mean to him in this exclusive, special video message!

For our hearing impaired reps, here is the full transcript:

DB Congress!

What is goin' on guys? I cannot even think of where to start when it comes to thanking you guys for, man, all the support all you guys do, all your enthusiasm, all the stories you guys have shared with me and my team, my band, my crew, everyone back in Nashville over this last album campaign, especially the "Woman, Amen" stuff. Just all the support for this project--it’s been such an enjoyable ride for me.

You know, the journey itself has been the reward. It was so fun making this record, so fun writing it, recording it, working together with my team and working together with you guys to get the news out there to spread the news of the new album being released.  

Looking back on it, it was such a frenzied, kind of 18 days of album release week. But really just a much longer campaign, starting all the way back to when I first started writing this record. Kind of laying the groundwork. And to see you guys embrace the work, embrace the music and see your faces out there at these shows now, especially when we’re doing the new songs—it means the world to me.

Especially with the new album release, and just playing new songs and knowing that you guys are gonna be down front supporting us means so much to me and the guys in the band. 

So, I can’t say enough. Man, it’s been a great number of years. This last 18 months have been so special for me. Just having the time of our lives out here on the tour now because you know we did all the work, made the record, and now we get a chance just to enjoy summertime and the shows and this Mountain High Tour with Brothers Osborne and LANCO. 

So we’ll see you all out here! Me and the guys refer to it not so much as a tour as a celebration of the music and we’re having a great time celebrating every night. 

Thank you guys so much!


Thank you, Dierks! This means the world to us!

Ronna Clark,
DB Congress Chair (FL)

Hey, congress! Leave a comment here under this blog of what Dierks and "The Mountain" mean to you and you will be entered to win a Hatch Show Print from The Mountain album release show at The Ryman! Most original comment wins! Deadline July 6, 2018.

Monday, June 18, 2018

Dierks Bentley Finds New Peak Atop "The Mountain"

I’ve sat down to finish this review several times over the past week, and I keep coming up with little to say – which, if you know me, is quite the feat.

As a Dierks fan since 2004, I’ve always thought his music stood apart from the mainstream just enough to make him unique. His love for bluegrass and rootsy, acoustic instruments was something that I always loved about him. No surprise, then, that my favorite album is Up on the Ridge. As a fan, too, I’ve been there for the ups and downs. I’ve attended the concerts he’s referenced lately where he was trying too hard to play the big arenas. I’ve wondered why he wasn’t recognized by the awards shows. I’ve seen him play the mainstream game a bit. I’ve watched his popularity climb through recent years, fueled by hits like “Drunk on a Plane” and “Somewhere on a Beach.” And while I do enjoy and appreciate Black as an album and thought it would be what finally took him all the way – looking back, I can see how it didn’t get the job done.

The Mountain just might be Dierks at his strongest – this just might be the summit of the mountain of a career he’s been climbing. I thought Riser was a standout album, and it is, but with the release of The Mountain I can see that Riser was not quite a fully cohesive album.

The Mountain is inherently Dierks. It’s rugged and rock-tinged, but still undeniably country. It has a heart, and it has lyrics that I challenge anyone to say they can’t relate to in some way. It tells stories, it evokes feeling, it creates landscapes, it makes you think. It does all the things that great music should do – and this is definitely great music.

Opening with second single “Burning Man” featuring Vocal Duo of the Year Brothers Osborne sets the tone for the record. It honestly took me a couple of listens to warm up to this entirely, and I had to listen to it in the context of the album for it to finally click, but now I think it’s one of the best songs on the album. I just love the juxtaposition of Dierks’ more rugged vocals and TJ Osborne’s smooth baritone – goes down like a fine wine. Or a shot of whisky! And even though the lyrics to the song are specific to a MAN, as a mother and a friend, I can tell you that I, too, am still a little bit holy water, and a little bit burning man.

I loved “The Mountain” upon first listen. The music itself evokes that kind of “keep moving” mentality. This song soars. I relate to these lyrics so much – I know everybody can. This song is inspiring down to its very core. My favorite line is “it just took a couple steps, a right then a left, then a couple million more who’s counting?” LIFE PEOPLE. THIS IS LIFE.

Which, quite perfectly, brings us to “Living.” And this is another one that rocked me upon first listen because the lyrics are just so true.  I don’t have much to say about this track other than it’s fantastic and I hope it’s a single because I really think it’s a message that everyone needs to be exposed to.

Next up is lead single and #1 hit “Woman, Amen” which I won’t spend much time on because it’s all been said before. After that is the wonderful “You Can’t Bring Me Down” which Dierks has said is a bit of a response to some gossip in Nashville, and I think it’s just such a great attitude. It’s also something I know people struggle with ALL THE TIME. This song is a refreshing message that everyone should hear – and has some fantastic instrumentation to boot.

Things get a bit sultrier on “Nothing on But the Stars” which shifts the gears of the album a bit – less about living life to the fullest and gratitude, and more about love, both lost and found. I like the dark feeling of “Stars” – it seems almost stormy, even though the lyrics mention the stars and constellations. A good friend described this song well – “Black” meets “Come a Little Closer” and I couldn’t agree more!

When I first heard “Goodbye in Telluride” I was a little disappointed. It didn’t seem to fit the mood of the album, seemed too polished and mainstream. The fast-talking verses remind me of Sam Hunt and while I know that he’s like THE BIG DEAL in country music right now, he isn’t my cup of tea, and I was uncomfortable with Dierks emulating that style on his own. But now that I’ve listened to the album in full, on repeat, probably a solid 50 times in the past week, I can say that this song fits in just fine on the album. Again, the music itself may sound like the Music Row Machine, but the lyrics paint a picture, and they feel clever and even a little hopeful, which settles in nicely with the themes of the album.

“My Religion” is a pretty, piano-led ballad, which is a sound we don’t often hear from Dierks. His vocals really soar on this song. I love the contemplative tone of the song, and I really love the sincerity and gratitude you can hear in his vocals on this song. If there’s one thing Dierks has learned to do in his career, it’s be an emotive vocalist!

“One Way” feels like your favorite pair of broken-in jeans. This song is one of the highlights for me – the instrumentation here is some of my favorite since Up on the Ridge, and I just love how breezy it sounds. The steel guitar makes it sound both mournful and wistful at the same time. This song takes me back to Dierks’ earlier albums and sounds like it would fit right in on Long Trip Alone just fine, but it doesn’t sound dated in the slightest.

Another album highlight is “Son of the Sun.” I grew up in Arizona myself and I can say that there’s a cactus flower somewhere out there that knows my deepest thoughts, too. This song reminds me of my dad – although he grew up in Ohio, once we moved to Arizona when I was 5, he was truly home. As an artist, he is constantly inspired by the gorgeous landscapes there, and this song really speaks to “home” for me. (Makes me a little homesick, too, but in a good way.)

I love how the album switches here to a reflective tone, sometimes evoking feelings of nostalgia, but otherwise just reflecting on the past but still focusing on the here and now. “Stranger to Myself” is something everybody can relate to. “Big hair and drunk smiles” can bring on some cringe-inducing but no less important memories in the building blocks that make up each of us. There’s a lot of gratitude in this song, too, which is clearly one of the album’s central themes.

“Travelin’ Light” featuring Brandi Carlile is nothing short of stellar. Again, the theme here is reflection and gratitude, focusing on the present day, and speaks to the importance of moving on from the past and not letting mistakes or previous ‘baggage’ weigh you down. Dierks and Brandi’s vocals sound great here, as does the mandolin-led rootsy instrumentation. This song has been a standout on almost every review I’ve read about the album, and this review is no different!

Which brings us to “How I’m Going Out” which can be a hard one to listen to because I don’t want to think about Dierks leaving us just yet! But, I can appreciate the honesty of this song, about not wanting to overstay your welcome once it’s time to move on. It can be a hard thing to soul search to really figure out if what you’re doing in life isn’t serving you, and this song really speaks to that.

One thing I love most about Dierks, and therefore, about this album, is that he’s not afraid to leave Nashville to do what he needs to do. Just like with Up on the Ridge he felt like he needed to get away to make the music he wanted to make. And I truly feel that this time, it’s paid off in spades. This album is a gem. It’s everything I love about Dierks and then some. It’s given me new things to appreciate about him as not only an artist, but as a human (and he was already a pretty great human to begin with). With The Mountain, Dierks makes it clear that he is the absolute best possible recipient of the ACM Honors’ Merle Haggard Award. He has certainly blazed his own trail in country music, forged his own path, and made an incredible album start-to-finish in the process.

Carrie Srebro
DBC Chart Reporter/Rep ~ NC