While some musicians seem to think no one wants to listen to old school Country anymore (ahem … Blake Shelton), Dierks Bentley has always embraced the past. Heck, he even made a whole album of Bluegrass tunes to pay tribute to his musical forefathers. Bentley’s fifth album, Up on the Ridge, was loaded with picking and fiddling and featured The Punch Brothers, Del McCoury and Kris Kristofferson. It relied heavily on the past and people still bought it.
Even with the throwback album, Bentley’s brand of Country is still modern enough to be loved by all. He covers the usual Country topics: Trucks, break-ups, traveling and, yes, he’s mentioned his dog, Jake, twice.
But he’s unafraid to mix in an electric guitar beside rolls on a fiddle or the twang of the steel guitar alongside heavy drums.Bentley’s newest album, Home, is more rockin’ and reveling than any of his priors. The first single, “Am I the Only One” (littered with both electric guitar and banjo), laments that none of his married friends want to party. And the third, “5-1-5-0,” is just as fun and even references Ozzy’s “Crazy Train.” The album is quickly solidifying Dierks’ name on the bad boys of Country list.
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