Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Dierks Live Stream from the 'Bourbon' Video Shoot Set

Real. Raw. Emotion.  Those are the three words Dierks Bentley uses to describe his new album, "Riser."  Watch the live stream below where he chats with fans and answers questions from the set of filming the video for the first single from the CD, Bourbon In Kentucky.

Dierks is wearing a harness even during this 12 minute break from the video shoot that's really "cinched up."  The director (Ryan) explains:

"I probably wouldn't be able to do this with any other artist. But he's like so chill and ready to go...we're gonna make him float, which is really"

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Happy Fathers Day 2013

Maxim Magazine, August 2006
Happy Fathers Day to our prez, Dierks Bentley!  God bless his dad, Leon (rest in peace) for bringing us such a wonderfully talented artist with great character as a father, son, husband and friend.

We wish all our DB Congress reps a happy father's day with their families and all our Team Dude friends a fantastic day off with their kids and dads! Thanks for all you do to entertain us all year long!

Monday, June 10, 2013

Dierks Bentley Shares Personal Feelings With Fans at Last Call Ball 9

DB Congress is not just another fan club.  Dierks Bentley considers his loyal following "friends." And we're all like a big family. So much so, that Dierks felt comfortable enough to share his emotional journey over the last year with us in a personal setting of  just over 300 congress members at the Belcourt Theater in Nashville yesterday.

It really was the "Last Call Ball," ending a week of CMA Festival activities, where Dierks was popping up all over the place! Starting with an impromptu song with The Grascals when they performed at the Riverfront stage, to sound check at LP Field, to the Martin Guitar tent (where lots of DBC reps had been waiting most of the day until 3 pm), Saturday was pretty busy for our President.

During the Martin set, Dierks told the crowd how much he loved Martin Guitars and held his up to show off all the autographs, including George Jones', and shared his excitement in having his very own Martin HD Dierks Bentley, which he switched to, to play 'Home.'  He placed one knee on a stool and quipped, "Man, I sure could use a strap...working hard here..." He also said he had some friends there, some hard core fans (wait! He means us!), who had been passing out Riser stickers all over town, promoting the new album due this fall, and thanked us. Later in the Meet and Greet line, he thanked us for rocking the new DB Congress shirt.

Photo by Clint Bond, from the 3rd St. Pedestrian Bridge, overlooking LP Field

The crowd at LP Field Saturday night lit up the arena like stars and chanted "USA, USA, USA" when Dierks sang his new signature, patriotic song, 'Home." 

“I don’t have a hometown, I have a home country,” he says. “This song is called ‘Home’ and I’m sending it out to all the guys and girls that keep this country safe. This song is for them.”

Photo by Kate Belcher
Although Kacey Musgraves is featured on the radio single (available for digital download June 14), Hillary Lindsey made a guest appearance to sing harmonies with Dierks on 'Bourbon In Kentucky,' which she co-wrote.

Photo by Hillary Lindsey Fans on FB
"If you guys knew how many songs she wrote that you guys listen to on country radio, you'd be going...*raised both arms in the air*...look her up! Google it!"

The Tennesseean blogged the LP performances song-by-song here.

Last Call Ball 9

The line for Last Call Ball 9 started around 6 a.m. on Sunday, June 9 at the Belcourt Theater. Gotta have front row, right? The girls from Music City Networks (thanks, Basak!) came down the line several times and handed out lanyards and asked us to play a game.  Fill out this piece of paper and let us know whether you think Dierks and Cassidy's third baby will be a boy or girl and write down your name suggestions.

During the show, Dierks read off a handful of recommended names and gender guesses before finally revealing, "We're having a boy!"  Cassidy said I could tell you guys, but that's don't tell anybody."  Yeah, right!  That's big news, dude! The deafening screams of excitement said it all! Thanks for sharing with your fan club friends first!  We're sure big sisters Evie (4) and Jordan (2) are gonna love their new baby brother, due this fall.

DBTV #105 recapped the segment:

The longer version:

The Music

Dierks and the guys--Steve Misamore, Tim Sergent, Dan Hochhalter, Cassady Feasby, and Brian Layson (whom he introduced one at a time)--started out the acoustic set with some recent favorites: Am I The Only One, Free and Easy, and 5150, before launching into four new songs from the upcoming album (Riser): Riser, I Hold On, Drunk on a Plane, and Bourbon in Kentucky.

"What they don't know's my dad and me, we drove her out to Tennessee..." (I Hold On)

Dierks shared his sadness with us, remembering his dad's passing a year ago, speaking honestly about his feelings, including regret he had to cancel LCB 8, and thanked us for understanding.  But he said it was a blessing to be able be with his dad at Hospice. We could tell he was struggling to get through the intro, clearing his throat often, before delivering a raw, emotional vocal and a huge sigh of relief at the end. "I can't believe I got through it!" In two parts, watch the videos, the intro, then the song, 'I Hold On.' 

"Got a little mile-high flight attention" (Drunk On A Plane)

"This may never be a single but I can already see the video for it...anybody have any contacts with Jason...what's his name?"  Segel! "Yes! Big tall guy?...I can already see the video..."

"I'm a riser...I'm a get down low so I can lift you higher..."

Dierks tends to over-think things.  He freely admitted that when he was introducing "I'm A Riser," the title song of the new album written by Travis Meadows and Steve Moakler. See what Dierks has to say about the logo/artwork--notice which way the Thunderbird faces and the special meaning it holds for him.  He also told us he was nervous.

Bourbon In Kentucky - "I want you guys to have the best experience ever"

After the new songs, he started asking for requests and played Tip It On Back, Wish It Would Break, and Come a Little Closer. To close out the musical portion of the party, Dierks asked us to vote on either the song that got it all started (What Was I Thinkin') or Home.  While 'Thinkin' will always be his very first signature song, 'Home' is the new superstar of his catalog so far.  His congress didn't hesitate with their exuberant response - HOME!

Standing Ovation!

Let's Hang Out!

Row by row in the seated theater (did I mention how weird it was to be sitting the whole time? Yet relaxing and special), we lined up to meet Dierks, get a photo taken, autograph, and chat for a minute.  As he always does, he stayed and met every single person! It took hours, but he did it! That's our Prez!

Thanks for making it so special, D!

Sunday, June 2, 2013

DB Congress Single Review: Dierks Bentley "Bourbon In Kentucky"


     We love his slow songs, and we love his fun upbeat numbers, so when the rumblings of a new single began swirling, we definitely got excited. Last week, Dierks started the countdown on Twitter, tweeting that something was happening in 7 days. That something was what any die hard Dierks fan wanted to hear: new music. The song, "Bourbon in Kentucky," premiered at radio 2pm CT Tuesday, May 28th.

     Like all good Congress members would do, we glued ourselves to our radios, computers and car stereos and waited in anticipation for the song. "Bourbon in Kentucky" surely did not disappoint. On first listen, you knew that the song, written by Ryan Tyndell, Hillary Lindsey and Gordie Sampson was undoubtedly a Dierks Bentley song. Yet, you could tell that there was also something fresh about it.

     With this new album, Dierks is working with a new producer: Ross Copperman. Recently, DBC had the opportunity to do an exclusive interview with him, which you can read here. The dramatic and unique beginning of the song builds like a good story both lyrically and sonically and the rock-esque guitar solo adds edge. Like DBC Rep Stephanie Lanham said on Twitter, "I've decided that if "Trying To Stop Your Leaving" and "Wish It Would Break" had a baby, it'd be "Bourbon in Kentucky."

     The song is not a fun filled ride like 5-1-5-0, but it does take you on an emotional ride: one about love and loss and that unbearable heartache it brings. Dierks in his low and raspy tone, sings sad, empty, and vulnerable. You truly feel every word in your core. Kacey Musgraves provides a soft background vocal that lets you hear the female's pain, but never in a way that takes away Dierks' lead.

     Dierks has always done slow heartache songs well, in this one for sure he has another hit on his hands. You can stream the song in its entirety at Dierks' official website. The official radio add date for the song is June 10th, but you can start to call, tweet and FB your stations to request it now. We are.
 There ain't enough
Bourbon in Kentucky
For me to forget you
No there ain't enough
Matches I can strike
To set afire the memory of you

Up goes down
Right's gone left me behind
Wheels spin 'round
Reverse stuck in my mind

There ain't enough
Bourbon in Kentucky
For me to forget you
No there ain't enough
Bottles I could break
To make 'em feel as broken as I do

Stack up every barrel
Since the day it was made
Satisfaction guaranteed to kill the pain
But there ain't enough
Kisses from a stranger
On a long wild night to ever make it alright
If it ain't you

In my arms, in my bed
Yeah to hell with all the rest
Once you've had the best, nothing else will do
What's the use

There ain't enough
Bourbon in Kentucky
For me to forget you
No there ain't enough
Bottles I could drink
To make 'em feel as empty as I do

With my mouth wide open
In a whiskey rain
I could stand there 24 hours a day

But there ain't enough
Bourbon in Kentucky
For me to forget you
No there ain't enough
Bottles I could drink
To make 'em feel as empty as I do
No there ain't enough
Bourbon in Kentucky
For me to forget you
So forget you
~Tara DBC Rep NY