Dierks Bentley is preparing to release his ninth full-length studio album The Mountain, and to kick off the new record, the country star has shared its first single, "Woman, Amen."
Atop multiple guitar riffs and heavy drums, the uplifting "Woman, Amen," hears Dierks singing about lucky he is for a very special lady, his wife Cassidy. In fact, in a teaser of the song on his Instagram, along with a behind the scenes video of the making of the song, he wrote, "all roads lead to her." In the chorus he sings, "Every night I should be on my knees/Lord knows how lucky I am/I never say near enough/Thank God for this woman, Amen."
"Woman, Amen" is only the beginning of The Mountain, and Dierks is about to take fans on a journey with this new album. The Mountain follows 2016's Black, and during a social media Q&A, Bentley explained that in terms of sound, fans can expect a blend between Black and his 2010 album Up on the Ridge. "I'm trying to take a lot of the sounds from Up on the Ridge, and blend them with a lot of the sounds on Black," he said. "It feels new to me, but in a lot of ways, it goes back to what I've always been trying to do. If you listen to "What Was I Thinkin'" and you hear that dobro that my buddy Randy Kohrs played, and all those great acoustic instruments mixed in, mixed with the bluegrass, and I think I'm still trying to chase that sound. It's a big part of who I am, and just always trying to realize it in a different way."
Speaking of bluegrass, Dierks's inspiration for The Mountain came when he was playing the Telluride Bluegrass Festival in Telluride, Colorado (a small town in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains). He explained:
"I feel like very album has been some snapshot from where I am. I always try to make something that's different from the album before. Like, Riser, the theme there was my dad passing away and my son Knox being born. Black had a lot to do with my wife Cassidy Black and we crossed our ten year marriage point at that time. This album, I was just looking for something different. I didn't know what it was going to be. It wasn't calculated, I was just looking for something different, open for whatever it was gonna be. And this summer, a lot of time out west, a lot of time working on the movie Only The Brave which really focuses on firefighters out west. I was really just out west a lot, my neck of the woods, and being at the bluegrass festival in Telluride really just gave me the very, very small, small seed of an idea for what the album could be."
Dierks wrote and recorded The Mountain in Telluride, Colorado, bringing "six friends from Nashville" with him, including co-writers Natalie Hemby, Luke Dick, Ross Copperman, Jon Randall, Jon Nite and Ashley Gorley. Bentley explained that many of the songs he wrote or co-wrote himself, more than any other album over the last decade, and the songs were written within a five day period, later returning to Colorado to record them. He said, "The whole process has just been totally different from anything that I've done before and a really, very awakening experience."
As for if there will be any guest appearances on the album, Dierks has a few ideas up his sleeve, but nothing has been set in motion quiet yet. He explained, "As far as collaborators go, yeah. I have some stuff in mind, but I haven't asked anyone to be part of it yet. But I'm really looking forward to digging back into what we have, and seeing what fits."
Dierks fans can expect to see him out on the road this summer, and with a few other artists/bands he is very excited about. He said, "It's gonna be awesome. I pick people to tour with primarily who I want to hang out with. Obviously, I'm trying to put together the best show for everybody, but I'm spending the summer with people, and I prefer human contact over just texting and phone calls, you know, I wanna spend time with these people."
Dierks added, "I probably say this every year, but this is gonna be the best one. I'm really excited about who we're going to announce we're touring with."