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!


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


Jessica Borrelli
DB Congress Rep, WA
@AllTheWayToMe

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!

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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 

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

"Living" Music Video--Behind The Scenes with Jennifer Fry

Shortly after Dierks' "Living" music video was released, we received a request from a Jennifer Fry to join the DB Congress as a rep from Maryland. Turns out, she's the woman who was featured in the moving and inspirational music video. We had the chance to catch up with her by email (and in person at the tour launch!) to learn the "behind the scenes" of making the video. Check it out!


1. How did Dierks' team hear your story and how did they reach out to you to see if you would be willing to be featured in the video? 
When I pre-ordered the new album ... I received an email asking for fans' stories on celebrating the human spirit and how various people have overcome great struggles or adversities, [stories] of those living life to the fullest and making a difference in people’s lives and/or communities. 

I decided to tell my story about my hearing impairment. I explained that although it does have its difficulty in life, I never let my disability stop me from doing something that I love, whether it was completing school, listening to music, playing instruments (flute and now learning violin), playing sports, learning Irish dance, or doing my photography. I always had people telling me that I couldn’t do it. I opted to prove them wrong. I don’t know if I will lose my hearing completely. I learned to appreciate things much more, such as the birds singing, the sound of water, or the sound of the trees in the wind. I truly enjoy photography because it allows me to document a certain moment as I see things.

After trying my best to outline my story, I added my photo and submitted my story. A few weeks later, I received an email from a producer asking me if I was interested in participating in one of his music videos. Of course, I was ecstatic!

2. What was your experience in filming the video?
It was surreal and I was a bit nervous during the whole process. The producer who contacted me was very sweet and made the whole experience something I will never forget. I had a film crew consisting of two gentlemen who came to my home. They were very professional, but also very down to earth. It was easy to talk to them. In a way, I believe the whole ordeal was therapeutic for me. First, to tell my story in hopes that it will give others with a disability a sense of hope. Second, to just be provided the opportunity do something like this was unbelievable. I don’t have a whole lot of big things that happen to me so this was something that I will remember the rest of my life.


3. Have you always been a Dierks fan?
I remember the first time I saw Dierks on CMT. I was sitting in my college dorm when “What Was I Thinkin'” came on. I imagine it was one of those top 20 countdowns. I was hooked on his music since then (and the curly hair!). That was in 2003, so for the past 15 years, I have been following him as a fan. What was even better was when I found out my husband was also a huge fan. I saw Dierks perform a couple of times before I was married. Now it’s nice because my husband and I go see him perform together.

4. The song "Living" holds a special place in a number of DBCers' hearts. How has this song resonated with you?
I am so much in love with the song “Living.” I did not even hear the song until they sent me a short preview of the video about a week after filming me. I had tears in my eyes because it relates to my life so much. I didn’t hear the full version of it until it was fully released. I can’t stop listening to it now. It resonates with my personal story. Although I have the hearing loss, I never really let it stop me from doing the things I want to do. I always find a way, even if I have to adapt my path from others. It makes me see the world a bit differently, which I love to document with my photographs. .. I try not to take things for granted. Life is short. Enjoy it while you can.



5. What was the most surprising outcome of being featured in the video?
Being able to do something like this was the biggest surprise. I have dealt with anxiety throughout my life, so I was tremendously nervous to tell my story to strangers. However, I knew if I didn’t push myself to do this that I would regret it for the rest of my life. It was sort of a proud moment for me personally. I hope it might inspire others who have a disability. Just because our lives may be a little different doesn’t mean they aren’t just as beautiful.

6. We heard you met fellow DBCers at the Maryland concert (and Dierks, too!)!
I met so many wonderful ladies at the Maryland concert. It was an absolutely amazing evening. Everyone was super friendly! Thanks to so many wonderful people, I did have a chance to meet Dierks! He was such an awesome down-to-earth person. It was so easy to talk to him. I thanked him so much for the opportunity he gave me with the video. And he said how much he enjoyed the story. He and his music just mean so much more to me now! The entire night was just amazing as always. I'll never forget it!


Welcome to the DB Congress as one of our newest reps, Jennifer (@Jenn_BH32)! Thank you for sharing your story!

Monday, May 28, 2018

Memorial Day and Every Day, How Dierks Bentley Honors Those who Died for our Freedom

You only need to listen to his music or see him perform live to know how much America means to Dierks Bentley.   His patriotism is on full display every day. And on Memorial Day, a day to remember and honor those who fought and died for our country's freedom,  we couldn't help but think about how his words and music do just that.

The most obvious song is "Home," from the 2012 album of the same name. Written by Dan Wilson, Brett Beavers and Dierks, the lyrics subtly serve as a reminder that many of our military gave their life for something they believed in--freedom. 

brave, gotta call it brave, to chase that dream across the sea
names, then they signed their names, for something they believed
red, how the blood ran red, and we laid our dead in sacred ground
just think, wonder what they’d think if they could see us now

it’s been a long hard ride, got a ways to go
but this is still the place that we all call home
it’s been a long hard ride, and i won’t lose hope
this is still the place that we all call home


Several years ago, Dierks performed "Home" at Country Music: In Performance at the White House--a series of events created to showcase the music that's contributed to the fabric of American culture.



"'Home" has been a staple in Bentley's set list since 2012 and fans capture that image of freedom every night at his live shows, where he sometimes brings members of our military on stage.


Photo by Stephanie Lanham, DBC Rep, Missouri


Photo by Stephanie Lanham, DBC Rep, Missouri

Photo by Marycoleen Geiger, DBC Rep, Louisiana



Photo by Dan Foley, DBC Rep, Massachusetts and featured in "The Mountain" video

Many fans in the audience come prepared to show their love of America during Dierk's performances.
 
Photo by Meghan Dunphy


Photo by Roger Stroupe, DBC Rep, Ohio
His father, Leon, served as a First Lieutenant in WWII and during Dierks' performances of  "I Hold On" you can see his image in the flag on the big screen as Dierks sings, I hold on Like the stripes to the flag, Like a boy to his dad I can't change who I am, right or wrong So I hold on.  Leon Bentley died June 1, 2012 and for many shows after that, Dierks would sing Home and pay homage to his dad by changing the lyrics slightly: just think, wonder what He'd think if He could see Me now.

He'd be so proud, Dierks!

Photo by Carrie Srebro, DBC Rep, North Carolina


In 2016, the Black album brought us "Freedom," more evidence of Dierks' love of our country.  Written By Ashley Gorley, Ross Copperman and Dierks, he sings: That flag on a solider's sleeve
All around the world they know what it means, And they all just wanna little piece of freedom, yeah


These are just a few examples of how Dierks honors our country every day and those who fell defending it.

Don't miss seeing Dierks on the Mountain High Tour this year with Brothers Osborne and LANCO.  See tour schedule here.


Ronna Clark (FL)
DB Congress Chair



Sunday, May 20, 2018

Dierks Bentley On Another Level for Opening Night of the Mountain High Tour in Columbia, MD

Photo Credit: Mary Lou Greene 
Cassady Feasby, Ben Helson, Dierks Bentley, Steve Misamore, Dan Hochhalter, Tim Sergent,
Opening Night, Mountain High Tour, 5/18/18, Merriweather Post Pavillion


Dierks Bentley was nine songs into his opening night of the Mountain High Tour before he drew a breath. 

"I didn't get a chance to introduce myself....Hi, I'm Dierks Bentley, I'm your lead singer tonight and you guys are amazing.  You guys are so incredible I cannot believe ...just blows my mind you guys are all here, everywhere, alright! up top!"

The Merriweather Post Pavillion was a gorgeous setting, and the fans in Columbia, Maryland on Friday, May 18, 2018 didn't seem to mind the rain to have the chance at the Dierks Bentley Mountain High experience.

All six 'Team Dude' members managed four costume changes (and wigs) in record time from the VIP 'mountain-clad' acoustic set, to 15 minutes later opening for LANCO in overalls as "The Maryland Monroes," then the new set, and a psychedelic '70's-themed encore--complete with platform shoes, bell bottoms and oh, yeah, a pilot's uniform.

The VIP acoustic set started out with stripped down versions of 5-1-5-0, Up On the Ridge, Drunk On A Plane and new from The Mountain album, "You Can't Bring Me Down." Fantastic fiddle playing by Dan Hochhalter! At one point, someone in the crowd was face-timing and Dierks took the phone and introduced the band to them. Dierks on the mandolin was having a blast, then traded with Ben Helson for the guitar.  Thank God for the versatility of this skillful group of musicians! Check out the VIP acoustic videos on our DB Congress Facebook page!


It's 9:20 pm and the lights go dark.  The intro music starts..."Well I bet my soul on a six string gamble, and I climbed like hell through the brush and the bramble. Even though I had my doubts, told myself, don't look down, and I turned that hill into a pile of gravel.  It was only a mountain, nothing but a big ole rock.   Only a mountain,  it ain't hard if you don't stop.  It just took a little step, a right then a left then a couple million more, who's countin'?  Hell, it's only a mountain, Hell, it's only a mountain...then BAM! An explosion --90 seconds of electricity and elaborate new lighting (compliments of Chris Reade), and live electric guitars, drums, bass, and banjo. Dierks, Ben Helson, Cassady Feasby, Dan Hochhalter, Steve Misamore and Tim Sergent rocked 'The Mountain' hard, straight into the next song--I Hold On.

Transitions were tight--they never stopped playing. Ending each song on the same note the next one began--seamless.  Before Somewhere On A Beach, Dierks quipped, if you want to climb a mountain, you gotta start at the bottom, you gotta start at sea level before you reach that altitude. The wild drum sound of Woman, Amen was augmented with LANCO and Brothers Osborne drummers in addition to Bentley's own Steve Misamore and perfectly positioned Black as the chaser.

Burning Man brought Brothers Osborne to the stage again--a much anticipated number since the Brothers are featured on the album cut.  And many DB Congress reps heard it live first in Vegas in December 2017. Ben Helson and John Osborne killed it while Dierks,  jumped up and down excitedly:

Up On The

Ridge took a turn to Hillbilly Shoes (a nod to Montgomery Gentry), spotlighting the vocal talent of bass player, Cassady Feasby. "You think you know me, but you ain't seen nothin' yet.  Til you walk a while, a country mile in my hillbilly shoes, he belts out while Bentley harmonizes with background vocals:



During 5-1-5-0, LANCO lead Brandon Lancaster returned to duet with Dierks on the 90's throwback, "Sold" (Grundy County Auction).



So how did the tour name come about? Dierks tells us.

"Ah man, we've been off the road for a while...this is our first night of the Mountain High Tour.  I got a record coming out called The Mountain, so me and the guys we're responsible for the "Mountain" part of the name, Brothers Osborne are responsible for the "High" part of the Mountain High Tour.  Pretty good, right? We're just so relieved to be back on the road, this is where we love to be.  We had to take some time off to try to make the best record we could, but we missed you guys, miss being around you guys."

"It was a crazy year last year, it was a hard year for a lot of us in country music, in the country music community and a lot of difficult times out there that we all went through together.  I was meeting earlier tonight with a girl who was here with her family and its her first concert back since Route 91 and I want to recognize her and her family--thank you for coming out tonight and letting us be your first concert since then--really means  a lot to me and the guys that you guys came here."

"I know everybody here, you all have your own mountains you're climbing, your own personal battles, and I tell you the one thing I know is that country music fans have more perseverance and determination than any people I've ever met in my life and we're gonna send this song to all you risers out there tonight--this is for you guys, you are risers, there's nothing you can't do, nothing we can't get through together. Isn't that right?"




Am I The Only One? allowed the guys to all sit down for a minute (whew!) on the new stage with a U-shaped set of lighted steps, and Dierks introduced each of them, then strolled out to the B stage for Tip It On Back--a perfect fit for the fans on the lawn- and Say You Do, before heading back to the main stage for Living, Thinking and Sideways.

When darkness comes to town, I'm a lighter...the stage goes dark for a short time and then a 70's clad crew come back for the lively Drunk On A Plane encore and suddenly Dierks is maneuvered high up in the stage clouds for the Mardi Gras tune in a make-shift plane.

As if our clear eyes weren't even blinking, it was over, leaving us with a heart full of grateful for all Dierks and his crew gave us tonight, an uplifting evening, allowing us to feel that fire we've been missin', we were living!

Don't miss the Mountain High Tour tonight in Camden, NJ.  See all tour dates here.


Ronna Clark
DB Congress Chair

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Music Video Series Shares Fans' Personal "Mountains"


Though the promotion and hype of Dierks Bentley's ninth studio album, The Mountain, has focused on a literal mountain setting, the meaning is much bigger. Instead, it is a metaphor for life's challenges, focusing on the struggle and the moments of overcoming.

What inspired this picturesque metaphor?

“The people I meet on the road who are climbing their own personal mountains unknowingly inspired this album,” Dierks said. “Their stories are powerful and raw, but there is always a sense of resilience and hope. Those feelings are the foundation of this album to me.”

So, Dierks teamed up with Apple Music to share the stories of some of the people who inspired The Mountain--fans with powerful, real struggles. This four-part video series will highlight "fans’ stories of resilience, perseverance and hope set to picturesque performance footage shot in Colorado."

The first two videos have been released, with the next two coming out before the album release on June 8. These videos and stories will certainly get you thinking about life's mountains and will, no doubt, tug on your heart.

The Mountain
The first video features Daniel Foley, Boston Marathon runner and 2013 bombing survivor. Daniel's family was near the finish line when the bomb went off; they all witnessed the horror that took place that day. They decided to overcome the mountain together. "My wife and I decided we were going to focus on all the good, that we can come back from a terrorist attack and we can run the next year and not be afraid." Here's their story:




Living
The second video features Jennifer Fry, a photographer who was born with low-tone hearing loss in both ears. Despite others telling her she wouldn't be able to have a normal life, she opted to prove them wrong. "I'm not really sure if I'm going to lose my hearing completely. I'm just going to keep going and hear the birds singing and water splashing, just everything. I want to take it in as much as I can." Here's her story:



UPDATE:
You Can't Bring Me Down
The third video features McKenzi Loid, who passed away from a car accident while leaving a Dierks concert on April 24, 2017. Her mom (Robin Loid) and sister (Emily Wilkins) created the non-profit Cultivate Kindness in her honor. Their organization raises money to support Be The Light, an annual special needs prom. "It's wonderful to continue her kindness and her positivity through Cultivate Kindness ... turning that grief and sadness into something wonderful, like this prom, it's incredible to us."



Stay tuned for the final video, which should be available this week.

In the meantime, Dierks' team is still collecting "mountain" stories from those who have recently scaled a mountain of their own. Have a story? You can submit it here. It might be featured during the album release!

Jessica Borrelli
DB Congress Rep, WA
@AllTheWayToMe

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Woman, Amen Music Video Shares Story of Mother-Daughter Duo

January kicked off beautifully for Dierks Bentley fans around the world, with the album announcement, tour announcement, clothing line announcement, and release of his newest single "Woman, Amen." Still climbing the charts three months later, it was only a matter of time that we'd get a chance to see the artistic expression of this empowering, uplifting song through a music video. And, once again, Dierks shows he's all heart.

In the style of his Riser video, Dierks uses this medium to share a real story and hope it inspires others to action. This time, he chose mother-daughter duo, Jennifer and Sydnee Floyd from Nashville, Tenn.

(photo by Capitol Nashville)

"I was really drawn to their real life experience, and I wanted to do a video based on real people with real struggles and real triumphs," he said. "These are the people I get to meet every day, and they are really the ones who have inspired this music."

According to a news source in Franklin, Tenn., Sydnee was born with PFAPA, a syndrome that results in fevers and sore throats, and EDS, a condition that affects the connective tissue in her body. After dealing with bullying and other hardships, the pair decided to move "to a big town" and a fresh start. There, "Sydnee took bullying and turned it around, she used it to motivate herself to do more for others."

With their hearts broken for the homeless community, they regularly volunteer for a local organization, putting together toiletries and essentials kits to distribute to those who are homeless.

As Sydnee says at the end of the video, "We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give."

The video shows just how much of a positive difference they are making in their community.


“Jennifer and Sydnee make everyone around them want to do more, to be better … it was an incredible honor for me to honor them,” Dierks said. “I hope that by shining a light on the completely selfless volunteer work they do, it will maybe inspire other folks to do what they can in their own communities."

But, it wouldn't have had the same effect if Dierk's team had simply called Jennifer and Sydnee to see if they would be interested in being featured. No. Dierks needed to be in on the action. And what a surprise it was! Here's the backstory:

On April 9, we knew the video was on its way with a behind-the-scenes video Dierks posted through his Instagram page.



The next day, after the video was released, Dierks shared this full clip. Instant smiles and instant tears.

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While pretty much anyone I know wouldn't be able to say "YES!" fast enough, Jennifer responded in the most humble, gracious way (letting all of us know he picked the PERFECT story for this song).

As Jennifer said in a later interview, “Sydnee and I are so excited and deeply humbled that Dierks Bentley thought we were special enough to help share his song. We hope that this video touches your heart like it does ours. New life motto #WomanAmen.”

Here it is!



Jessica Borrelli
DB Congress Rep, WA
@AllTheWayToMe

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Title Track and "The Mountain" Tracklist Revealed



On April 12, those who follow Dierks Bentley's social media channels were given some very important news we've all been waiting for: The Mountain album will be released June 8!

That same day, those who pre-ordered The Mountain were notified of an extra special surprise: a downloadable title track!

Oh, it's an amazing week for Dierks fans, isn't it?

After we set up yet another Dierks countdown timer on our phones (54 days, 15 hours, 23 minutes as of the writing of this blog), we can now see what's been hinted at over the last few weeks. All song titles are available (and we have clips of many of them!).

As stated by Dierks' PR team, "Reaching a new creative high, Bentley co-wrote 10 of the 13 new tracks that are unified by themes of presence and positivity, and range in style from textured rock to acoustic folk, feeling both rooted and expansive at the same time."

Can I get a "Woman, Amen!"?



Here's what we know (click on the links for info about the songs):

1. Burning Man (written by Luke Dick and Bobby Pinson)

2. The Mountain (written by Dierks Bentley, Jon Randall, Luke Dick and Natalie Hemby)

3. Living (written by Dierks Bentley, Ross Copperman, Jon Nite, Ashley Gorley)

4. Woman, Amen (written by Dierk Bentley, Ross Copperman, Josh Kear)

5. You Can't Bring Me Down (written by Dierks Bentley, Luke Laird, Hillary Lindsay)

6. Nothing On But The Stars (written by Dierks Bentley Ross Copperman, Jon Nite, Jon Randall)

7. Goodbye In Telluride (written by Dierks Bentley, Ross Copperman, Ashley Gorley, Scooter Carusoe)

8. My Religion (written by Jamie Kenney, Ben Burgess, Michael Pollack, Rick Markowitz)

9. One Way (written by Dierks Bentley, Jeff Hyde, Laura Veltz)

10. Son Of The Sun (written by Dierks Bentley, Ross Copperman, Jon Nite, Jon Randall)

11. Stranger To Myself (written by Dierks Bentley, Ross Copperman, Heather Morgan)

12. Travelin' Light (feat. Brandi Carlile) (written by Dierks Bentley, Ashley Gorley, Jon Nite)

13. How I'm Going Out (written by Jessi Alexander, Jon Randall--a fun bit of trivia: Jessi and Jon are married!)

Collaborations on this album include songs with Brothers Osborne, Brandi Carlile, and world-renowned bluegrass musicians Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas and Tim O’Brien.

When reflecting on the tracks of this album, Dierks said, “For me it’s the best of both worlds, and it feels like something new. It’s powerful but also happy, with acoustic sensibility mixed in with the big sounds I like to have for the road. They are the songs I’d play for somebody to say, ‘This is who I am right now.’"

We'll take all the sneak peeks we can get until this album is released.

With "Woman, Amen" climbing the charts and flooding the airwaves, and now "The Mountain" available through major music services (and on repeat on our devices!), our Dierks playlists have gotten that much better, with the promise of mountain-sized talent to come.

Carrie Srebro
DB Congress Chart Reporter
@corbers

Jessica Borrelli
DB Congress Rep, WA
@AllTheWayToMe

Thursday, April 5, 2018

More Surprises Announced, Including New Songs and Festival

The strategy and planning for The Mountain release and Mountain High Tour kick off is pure gold (an indicator of how this album will go on the charts?)!

Let's start with the tour addition announced this morning. 

Over the last four days, Dierks Bentley has been teasing something big happening this summer. It all started on Monday with this post:

A post shared by Dierks Bentley (@dierksbentley) on

This was followed by a teaser clip a day--including a clip of Dierks taking his signature "polar plunge" in a local stream to make sure "the spot" would be idyllic. Turns out it was.

The reveal?

This Labor Day weekend, Dierks will be hosting his very own festival--the Seven Peaks Music Festival in Buena Vista, Colo. “It’s a dream come true situation for me,” he said. Guest artists already announced include Miranda Lambert, Brothers Osborne, LANCO, Elle King, Del McCoury, Sam Bush and The Cadillac Three, with more acts to be announced in the coming weeks.

It's clear Dierks found enlightenment in Colorado when working on The Mountain album in Telluride last year. His experience at that time has inspired his upcoming album, tour nameclothing line, and now festival.

“I don’t plan on sleeping,” Bentley told Billboard when talking about Seven Peaks. “I plan on either being on stage or in the campground, high-fiving people, handing out free beers … Anything I’m involved with, I’m involved for a reason. It’s not work. When people look back on this festival the first year, [I want them to say], ‘Gosh, he was everywhere! No one was having more fun at the festival than Dierks was.’”

Tickets for the festival, camping and parking go on sale April 20 at 10 a.m. MT.




In other Dierks news, he recently played three new songs off the upcoming album at a recent event (which we can add to the seven we knew about).

On March 26, Dierks headlined a fundraiser at the City Winery, a 110-person venue in Nashville. Proceeds from the event benefitted WMOT Roots Radio 89.5, a listener-supported National Public Radio station in Murfreesboro, Tenn.

The set list included everything from Dierks' first single, "What Was I Thinkin'," to his most recent, "Woman, Amen," and a few we've all come to love in between.


But there were three on this list that were not familiar to the DB Congress reps in the audience. Thankfully, they had their cameras ready to go. Here's "Can't Bring Me Down," duet "Traveling Light" and "Stranger to Myself." (Dierks also mentioned, but didn't sing, a new song entitled "Son of the Sun" during this set!)





As we all eagerly watch our countdown calendars to the tour launch in May and album release in June, these song teasers and festival announcements are an unexpected, treasured gift. Now ... to get some Dierks Road Trips scheduled ...


Jessica Borrelli
DB Congress Rep, WA
@AllTheWayToMe

Monday, March 19, 2018

The Mountain, Songs We Know So Far

While we eagerly await the release of Dierks' upcoming album, The Mountain, he's been teasing us with clips of new songs through social media channels. And while we are so #grateful for the hints, it's making the waiting that much more difficult! Here are the songs we know so far:

Woman, Amen
This one doesn't need an introduction. "Woman, Amen" has been on the Billboard Hot Country Music Charts for seven weeks now and reached spot 16 on Mediabase, as well! (If you haven't yet, please call, tweet and message your local stations to request this song.) You'll be able to see Dierks perform this one live at the April 15 ACM awards!




The Mountain
For those who got their key to The Mountain, you can see Dierks' handwritten lyrics to the full song in the enhanced album experience. If this clip below is any indicator of what we can expect from this album, we could be on the verge of experiencing Dierks' best album yet (and that's saying a whole heck of a lot, isn't it, DB Congress?!).

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Living
DBCers who were in Vegas last December got to hear this one in its entirety. I, personally, had tears running down for this one. Yes. It's that good. Living is as real as it gets. Click here for the video from that concert and the lyrics to this powerful song.

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Burning Man.
Heard twice in Vegas last December, this song certainly received Internet buzz when we posted this video and lyrics. Watch Dierks' and the guys' faces in this clip below. Oh, the energy this song carries (it's even more intense hearing it live!).

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Unknown Title
"You know we didn't get it right.
But it wasn't all wrong.
It wasn't just a phase.
It isn't all gone."

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Unknown Title
"It's gonna be one way this time ...
She could be like a song.
The kind with the time always comes back home.
But something tells me she's gone.
There's no words, there's no rhymes ..."
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Brother to the Sky (possibly Sun of the Sun)
"... brother to the sky.
Sometimes I've got to lose myself
So I don't lose my mind."
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There are seven songs/clips to keep you going for now!

Dierks "found a personal connection to the songs on The Mountain. 'It's the mountain that we’re all faced with every day, and the struggle to put one foot in front of the other even when things are hard, that we all have in common. Looking back now, I think we were all searching for hope and optimism when we were writing this music.'"

Sources have indicated this album could be available around June.

Am I the only one who has a countdown calendar going? We're ready, Dierks.

Jessica Borrelli
DB Congress Rep, WA
@AllTheWayToMe

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Dierks Adds Personal Touch to Upcoming ACM Awards

With the Academy of Country Music Awards a little more than one month away, elements of the show are starting to be revealed. The news coming out this week is certainly welcomed! It's been announced that Dierks is bringing a personal touch to the event. Here's what we know about this awards show (and why you should tune in!).

1. The Black music video was nominated for Video of the Year
Others nominated in the category include:
"It Ain’t My Fault" - Brothers Osborne (Dierks' touring buddies in 2018!)
"Legends" - Kelsea Ballerini
"Marry Me" - Thomas Rhett
"We Should Be Friends" - Miranda Lambert

Last summer, when talking about Black, Dierks said, "It's about my wife; watching this one rise to the top of the chart is extra sweet.” Seeing the video nominated in this category--with the song and imagery inspired by his wife, Cassidy--is, no doubt, worth any award.




2. Dierks will NOT be returning as host with Luke Bryan ...
In February, Dierks let it slip at a Country Radio Seminar interview that he and Luke will not return for a third year as hosts.

"We got fired this year," Dierks jokingly said. "We're out. We are no longer. Is that public knowledge? I assume it is. We won't be back. It was fun! We did two years. I love Luke to death; he's one of my favorite people. ... It's hard not to have fun with Luke. The ACMs are great and [they] were so good to me."

A DB Congress member was in the audience and caught the conversation on video. This topic is discussed at 17:23.



The Academy has not yet announced who will be presenting awards. We're holding out #hope.


3. However, Dierks WILL be performing!
With Woman, Amen--the first single off Dierks' upcoming album, The Mountain--climbing the charts, the Academy announced the song will be performed live during the show.

Perhaps #patience should have been a key to the mountain, because I certainly need some right about now!

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Other artists scheduled to take the stage include: Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, Kelsea Ballerini, Florida Georgia Line, Miranda Lambert, Maren Morris, and Thomas Rhett.


4. YOU could be part of the performance
This is where we see Dierks' personal touch come through. ACM and CBS announced a special opportunity for fans to be part of his performance during the show.

"Dierks Bentley will be performing his hit WOMAN, AMEN and he’s looking to YOU to help him out. Who have been your female everyday heroes, your inspiration ... mom, sister, wife, relative, friend, teacher, coworker, doctor, teammate, coach, or role model? You could be a part of this celebratory anthem by submitting a personal picture of the woman you want to honor."

The Academy explained the selected images will "be featured on screens behind Bentley during the live telecast of his performance."

If the posts we are seeing with #WomanAmenACM are any indication, DBC members will likely see some familiar faces!






Click here to see the full contest rules and submission instructions.


The Dierks we know and love will absolutely be taking the stage in true fashion--#humble, #grateful, full of #grace, honoring, fun, and loving the women in his life.

DB Congress viewing party, anyone?

The 53rd ACM Awards, held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, will air live Sunday, April 15, at 8 p.m. (EST) on CBS. 

Jessica Borrelli
DB Congress Rep, WA
@AllTheWayToMe