Dierks Bentley's Up On The Ridge album lands the #1 spot on the 9513's best bluegrass of 2010 list, but not without some comments questioning that decision. Check out the article and the comments. I had to leave my thoughts in defense of our president!
I applaud and whole-heartedly agree with Dierks Bentley’s album placing at #1. Considering it held the #1 spot on the bluegrass charts nearly every week consecutively since it’s June 2010 release and produced 3 CMA and 3 Grammy nominations, I’d say that’s plenty of validation.
While it’s true Dierks himself stops just short of calling it Bluegrass, it was definitely not a “safe” project. Musical and lyrical diversity shines throughout and pushes boundaries he’s never attempted before. The instrumentation alone screams bluegrass, and in my opinion, his vocals have never been better.
What are your thoughts?