Bentley Explores Bluegrass Roots On New Album

Dierks Bentley today (3/8) revealed details about his upcoming album, which has him delving deep into bluegrass and roots music. Up On The Ridge will be released this summer and features Bentley working with some of the finest acoustic musicians in the world.

For the album he joined with longtime collaborators the Del McCoury Band as well as new musical partners Chris Thile and the Punch Brothers. The disc also features vocal and instrumental contributions from Alison Krauss, Miranda Lambert, Tim O’Brien, Sam Bush, and many others.

“It’s my version of bluegrass music,” offers Bentley, who says the genre is his first love. “It’s not just banjos cranked up to eleven. It throws out a big net.” For the album he worked with award-winning singer/songwriter/producer Jon Randall and respected recording engineer Gary Paczosa. Some songs from the project are from Bentley’s proven pen, and others come from what might be unexpected sources, like Bob Dylan.


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