Dierks Bentley is starting his new year with some big news! His new album, The Mountain, is coming early this year.
New inspiration hit Bentley last summer when he performed at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival. Fast forward a few months later and the 42-year-old returned to Telluride with some talented songwriters. His songwriter’s retreat included Natalie Hemby, Luke Dick, Ross Copperman, Jon Randall, Jon Nite and Ashley Gorley. That was the beginning of his ninth studio album, appropriately titled The Mountain.
It was in the mountains of Telluride where those talented songwriters came together to write the majority of this album. Bentley describes it as the most creative experience he’s ever had — and possibly the most unique.
“Telluride just makes you want to reach for your guitar,” he explains. “We all went out there and got completely off the grid — out of our normal element and the grind that happens on Music Row and it was, from the very get-go, magic. We’d wake up every morning, grab a coffee, take the gondola up, watch the sun come up over the mountains, and by 8:30 we were writing. We just wrote non-stop.”
A couple months after that, Bentley returned once again to Telluride. This time, he had a production team with him. Ross Copperman, Jon Randall, executive producer Arturo Buenahora Jr. and several musicians returned with Bentley to record the songs.
“Obviously, the songs were written and recorded in the mountains. But it’s the mountain that we’re all faced with every day, and the struggle to put one foot in front of the other even when things are hard, that we all have in common. Looking back now, I think we were all searching for hope and optimism when we were writing this music.”
For now, that’s all the country singer is telling us about the new music. He is, however, letting us get a taste of what the sound will be. Check out the preview of The Mountain below.
Stay tuned for more news about The Mountain as it comes.