Thursday, November 02, 2006

Great Interview with Dierks Bentley

Here's the link

"he's no dancer, but he's quite a pacer"

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Photo - Dierks Bentley

One of the many great shots (cc) I got at the Salem, VA show a couple weeks ago. More later...

Dierks Bentley on Stripped

You have to go to Stripped Music.

Check out what Dierks and his Terminally Lonesome Band do with "Every Mile a Memory", "Free and Easy", "Long Trip Alone", and "Settle for a Slowdown." They're all very well crafted. Long Trip Alone gets better with each different performance I see (Live at Salem, VA, then acoustic from his website on all-access). As the second single from the new album, it should be a huge success.

The cover of Waylon's Rodney Crowell penned "Ain't Livin' Long" is fantastic as well, especially Rod's guitar fills. Dierks' guitar playing has improved (or has been more showcased) since I first saw him at Starr Hill Music Hall in Charlottesville, VA, back in early 2004.

The success that Dierks' third album is exactly what he and his guys deserve...

Saturday, September 30, 2006

Cut by Cut - Long Trip Alone

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Nashville Rebel - Waylon Jennings

"WAYLON f%#$!*g Jennings."

The new box set, which may be worth getting simply because of the genius packaging which imitates his telecaster cover hit stores the 25th. Great article here.

"He wanted to go back to the kind of artistic freedom that Hank Williams had, that Bob Wills had, that Lefty Frizzell and all these other singers he looked up to had." The records he made with that freedom effectively ushered in the golden age of Waylon Jennings -- and not just artistically, either."
-Rich Kienzle

92 songs for 50 bucks. Not bad.

Billboard on Long Trip Alone

Jonathan Cohen's article on Dierks's new album.

Dierks: "I think sonically it falls somewhere between Waylon [Jennings] and U2, maybe. There are definitely some bigger songs on there that take love and expound on that subject. And there's some good Waylon groove stuff on there as well. I call them 'guy songs.' Songs that guys like myself want to drink beer to and hang out and listen to country music."

Friday, September 22, 2006

Kenny Chesney's end-of-tour gift for Dierks Bentley.

The night (Sept 2) Kenny Chesney ended his tour in Noblesville, Indiana, he left opener Dierks Bentley with a parting gift. Country's $27.4 million man presented Bentley with a boat, a 22ft. Sea Ray. Nice.

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Randy Rogers Band, Dwight Yoakam's Bakersfield Biscuit Brand, and more...

Friday, September 15, 2006

Long Trip Alone

Cover Art for the new Dierks Bentley album, "Long Trip Alone"...

Dierks played three of the tracks on this record at LCB III, and if they're any indication, this will be the point (along with recent Bud Light sponsorship) in Dierks' career at which he becomes a megastar.

Here's the tracklist:

1. Every Mile A Memory
2. Can't Live It Down
3. Long Trip Alone
4. That Don't Make It Easy Loving Me
5. Soon As You Can
6. Trying To Stop Your Leaving
7. Hope For Me Yet
8. The Heaven I'm Headed To
9. Free And Easy Down The Road I Go
10. Band Of Brothers
11. Prodigal Son's Prayer (featuring The Grascals)

We're starting to see previews of the album...


In the wake of 2005's Modern Day Drifter, Dierks Bentley has maintained fierce career momentum, earning awards, packing concerts, and joining the Grand Ole Opry in the space of just over a year. As before, he continues to flawlessly integrate straight-ahead, unforced vocals into a riproaring sound, underpinned this time by the solid, appealing mainstream acoustic bluegrass of touring partners the Grascals. The opening track, "Every Mile a Memory," defines the album's direction, buttressed by the witty "That Don't Make It Easy Loving Me." He projects clarity and desperation on "Trying to Stop Your Leaving," enhanced by an understated, yet appropriately tense arrangement. "Band of Brothers" celebrates the quintessential travails of musicians playing the low end of the honky-tonk circuit, while his all-inclusive, courageous views on "The Heaven I'm Headed To" may not please hardcore red-staters. The perpetual debate pitting country modernists against traditionalists often reaches the same levels of intensity as in current politics. Long Trip Alone demonstrates the smartest solution: quality modern country of the moment that simultaneously honors its past. --Rich Kienzle

AOL Music:
Other Highlights:
'Long Trip Alone' -- The title track embodies the theme of the record: Life's a much better trip when you're not alone.

'That Don't Make It Easy Loving Me' -- Screaming, bra-tossing fans and late-nite parties on the bus could make it hard for a woman to love Dierks, but this song is his pledge that he'll stay away from trouble.
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