Thursday, April 22, 2010


Alison Bonaguro has never hidden her love for Dierks Bentley's music. Her recent blog on CMT, "Dierks Bentley Will Change the Way You Think About Bluegrass," is no exception...

Chances are, if you are into Dierks Bentley, then you will dig his upcoming bluegrass and roots music album no matter what. But do not let the word "bluegrass" make you think this project is at all old-timey. If anything, Bentley's take on acoustic music is thoroughly hip and refreshingly relevant. How? Well, check out his website and watch the sneak peek of him talking about the title track, "Up on the Ridge." He wrote the song with Kings of Leon producer Angelo Petraglia, and Bentley says it's his acoustic guitar playing that drives the track. "It's great. Mixing all these bluegrass guys -- and then getting Angelo, who comes from a totally different world -- to come in and play acoustic guitar was a cool mix," he says. So this Angelo guy definitely ups the cool factor. But the mandolin, fiddle, banjo, Dobro and upright bass give the song all the roots cred it needs.

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