BMI’s Mason Hunter led the celebration in Music City on Monday (April 15) to honor Dierks Bentley and Brothers Osborne for their chart-topping hit “Burning Man.”
“Burning Man” marks the second No. 1 from Bentley’s The Mountain album, and also earned the Music Event of the Year honor at the recent Academy of Country Music Awards.
“Burning Man” co-writers Luke Dick and Bobby Pinson, as well as producers Ross Copperman and Jon Randall, were celebrated as the music industry crowd gathered at Martin’s Bar-B-Que Joint in downtown Nashville. The project was executive produced by Arturo Buenahora, whose Little Louder Publishing is also the publishing home for the track’s co-writer Luke Dick.
Sea Gayle’s Marc Driskill feted Bobby Pinson. “Burning Man” marks Sea Gayle’s 50th No. 1 song, and is Pinson’s eighth No. 1.
Others celebrating included CMA’s Brandi Simms and UMG Nashville’s Mike Harris, while Pinnacle Bank announced a chartable donation to Bentley’s Riser Foundation.
“When you release songs to radio it’s like the cliff notes of your album and ‘Burning Man’ is one of the most important pieces of The Mountain,” said Bentley. “When you do a collaboration it’s a leap of faith but there is no one else that could have done what these guys did on this song. We were in direct communication with no one else involved you know…John walks in with his guitar and amp…I’ve just been really lucky to work with people like these guys where it’s all about the music and friendship. It’s rare to find that outside of Nashville and a really unique thing that is happening in country music right now.”
“When he sent us the song it was done and already sounded awesome,” added TJ Osborne, “I’m such a fan of Dierks and when I listened to the demo, it already sounded like a Dierks hit and it took me a minute to really make it mine. To take that risk on us with something that already sounded great was all on Dierks.”
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