Coming off his highly successful album Black, Dierks Bentley is bringing us to 'The Mountain' with his latest musical project. His upcoming ninth album, The Mountain, due out later this year, is filled with thematic elements that question and present a self-awareness both musically and lyrically.
While Bentley is no stranger to creating chart topping hits, he's also not afraid to explore his other artistic ambitions and does so in The Mountain. During an interview with NPR, he explains, "I’m just trying to find ways to make it meaningful to me. It’s kinda like I want to have my cake and eat it too. I want to have a big single that sounds gigantic that you listen to on the surface and love it, but if you’re a fan, you dig deeper and go, ‘Oh, I see what he’s doing.’“
Bentley adds when it came to creating his latest album, it's less about focusing on a formula and more about following your instincts. “I think the more you can get out of your head and do what instinctually feels right, the more authentic it’s gonna be. I don’t think about any of that anymore. I just think about doing the work so I can be present for the reward when it’s time to walk on stage. I don’t care about demographics or ages. Hopefully it’s just good music. At this point in my career, I have nothing to lose. So it’s like, "Let’s make the best album we can make. Let’s take the most chances.” What’s the worst thing that could possibly happen?
Below is a snippet of the country singer's single “The Mountain" and get more information on Bentley's upcoming album and performances on his official website.