Bentley holds on
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
– Dierks Bentley will debut his new video I Hold On
on Wednesday across multiple CBS properties, including all CBS country radio stations' websites, Radio.com, MetroLyrics.com and ACMCountry.com.
Shot in Nashville and over a weekend of tour dates in Texas, the video was directed by Wes Edwards and follows a young musician balancing his climb in the music business with keeping a firm grip on the values he holds close
"It was really important to me that this video capture the story of this song...my story. But it also needed to take on the more universal themes that the choruses cover," said Bentley. "The lyrics were written from such a real and emotional place, and I put a lot of pressure on making sure this video held up to what Brett James and I wrote that day. I hope when people listen to it, they raise their beers up, but this time for the bigger idea of what we all stand for as country music fans...faith, love and freedom."
The song is from his forthcoming album, "Riser."
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