Bentley, Dement release new discs
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Bentley, Dement release new discs

Friday, February 24, 2023 – Dierks Bentley may out with his 10th disc, "Gravel & Gold,' but this is his first as a producer. The release includes "High Note" featuring Billy Strings on guitar, Jerry Douglas on Dobro, Sam Bush on mandolin, Charlie Worsham on guitar and Bryan Sutton on guitar and banjo and "Cowboy Boots" with Ashley McBryde. This is Bentley's first album in four years. He recorded two records during that time, which he felt didn't past muster.

Iris Dement is out with her seventh album, "Workin' On A World." Dement takes a look at some of the world's problems in songslike the title track - "Now I'm workin' on a world I may never see / Joinin' forces with the warriors of love / Who came before and will follow you and me" and "Goin' Down To Sing in Texas." Stalled partway through by the pandemic, the record took six years to make with the help of co-producers: Richard Bennett, Pieta Brown and Jim Rooney. Brown, her stepdaughter, gave the record its final push after Dement gave up trying to make a record from recordings from 2019-20. With Bennett back in the studio with them, Brown and DeMent recorded several more songs and put the final touches on the record in Nashville in April 2022.

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CD review - Gravel & Gold Dierks Bentley opens his first self-produced album with a song about personally stability, "Same Ol' Me." Although its lyric explains how while life circumstances may change, Bentley basically remains the same person. The same thing, though, can also be said about the country star's music. He's been recording for 20 years now. Yet Bentley has come this far with his integrity still intact. He's back with a strong, 14-song set that, like a good beverage, feels good ...
CD review - Black Dierks Bentley seems intent on expanding his musical boundaries, but he may have overreached too much in eschewing where he came from. That most evident by the dominating textured beats. Producer Ross Copperman and Bentley seem hell bent on injecting odd meters and sounds, sharp detours from past efforts. Unfortunately, the atmospheric beats muddy up the vocal delivery on "Freedom," a song that stretches far too long at almost four minutes. Bentley also channels U2 with its ...
CD review - Riser Change was in store for Dierks Bentley when it came to recording his seventh album, "Riser." On the personal front, he lost his father and added to his family, clearly affecting the subject matter of his latest. On the musical front, he traded long-time producer Brett Beavers, producer of every disc except "Up on the Ridge," for Ross Copperman, who has enjoyed more success as a writer, including several previous tracks for Bentley. Bentley embraces current trends in country ...

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