Sunday, June 6, 2010


Dierks Bentley, the gambler. The singer-songwriter's breezy work regularly tops the charts. Now he tackles bluegrass.

By Randy Lewis, Los Angeles Times

June 5, 2010

It's a rarity for a mainstream country artist, especially in today's shaky music business, to mess with a formula that's been as successful as the one Dierks Bentley has been working since his 2003 single "What Was I Thinkin'" took him to the top of the country chart.

But to talk to the 34-year-old singer, songwriter and guitarist from Phoenix about the turn he's taking with his new "Up on the Ridge" album, it's immediately apparent that he knew exactly what he was thinking in setting aside the breezy country-rock sound he's been so comfortable with in favor of a bluegrass-steeped collaboration with several of the world's finest acoustic instrumentalists.

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