DIERKS BENTLY ist unter den erfolgreichsten Country Sängern der glaubwürdigste. Seine drei Studioalben wurden über 5 Millionen mal verkauft. Er hatte bereits Nummer 1 Country Hits sowie 10 in den Top Ten.
DIERKS Country Musik wird beeinflusst von Honky-Tonk, Bluegrass, Classic Country und Rock'n'Roll gemischt mit seinem ganz eigenen Stil.
"Feel That Fire" resultiert aus 2 Jahren Songschreiben, Auftritten und Studioarbeit. 12 neue Songs vom stürmischen Rock bis hin zu soften Balladen, die er in Zusammenarbeit mit Gästen wie Ronnie McCoury und Patty Griffin und Rodney Crowell geschrieben hat.
After spending more than two years writing, road testing and recording new material, Bentley is ready for the next phase: the Feb. 3 release of Feel That Fire, a 12-song serving of rockers and ballads with a dash of honky tonk and bluegrass.
It is all fire and passion that Bentley and co-producers Brett Beavers and Luke Wooten claim has driven the entire process from the moment the first song was conceived to the sleepless nights spent imagining creative ways to perfect the on-stage delivery.
As an avid music fan himself, Bentley understands that to connect with a lot of people, the instrumentation must be as diverse as the people packing the arena. And with Feel That Fire, Bentley continues to engage all types of fans with sounds ranging from arena-sized electric guitars to upright bass and banjos on steroids.
From the opening slide guitar rampage that channels a Harley hauling ass in the outlaw lament “Life on the Run” to the closing-time camaraderie of the duet and bluegrass jam with bluegrass great Ronnie McCoury “Last Call,” Feel That Fire has the pulsing energy, passion and dynamic sensibility of his praised live show.
Bentley’s vintage free ‘n easy spirit is still present in abundance, but now it’s tempered with a more thoughtful take on the vastness of life and love. The title track and first single, Bentley’s 11th top 10, came out of a writing session with fellow tunesmiths Beavers and brothers Brett and Brad Warren. The foursome combined their experiences to extol the virtues of a woman’s innate quirkiness and thrill-seeking nature as defined by the man who loves her.
On the wild side, the gravel-flying, good-timing Saturday night special “Sideways” pays tribute to a guy’s occasional need to cut loose. Similarly, the infectious “Here She Comes” and “Little Heartwrecker” are classic Bentley and showcase stellar instrumental jams from Nashville’s finest. “I feel a responsibility to other guys like me, who just want to cut loose, drink beer and hear some great picking.”
The Conway-esque “I Wanna Make You Close Your Eyes” is a song that Bentley says “can’t be more intimate, more one-on-one, man-to-one woman if you tried.”
Bentley adds, “One of the best compliments I can get is when a guy comes up to me and says that one of my songs helped him out at home, maybe helped him smooth something over, with his girlfriend or wife. That’s the goal with this one.”
In a similar fashion, Bentley takes a modern approach to “I Can’t Forget Her,” delivering a sultry Spanish groove, mixed with The Edge-esque guitar sounds, transporting the listener to the scenic landscapes of the Old Southwest.
“Beautiful World” teams Bentley with one of his favorite singers, Americana icon Patty Griffin. The poignant song about recognizing there are two ways to look at your reality and appreciating life despite the daily delivery of bad news is a simplistic yet powerful ballad. “It’s a fine line to walk because you don’t want to act like everything is great when it’s not, but the point is that if you choose to believe in something, hopefully your beliefs will lead to action. Patty’s voice adds so much depth that I can’t even remember what it sounded like without her.”
“You Hold Me Together,” an uplifting mid-tempo rocker, has Bentley offering appreciation to the one who watches over him. “It’s a love song, but also a spiritual song. I try and write songs that break that boundary and can mean different things to different people.”
In a similar vein, “Better Believer” takes stock of life’s blessings and recognizes the need to be more grateful. “It’s the truth,” Bentley says of the song he co-wrote with Rivers Rutherford. “It’s exactly the way I feel. It is as honest as I’ve ever been in a song.”
Continuing the introspective theme, Bentley draws on personal experience for the Rodney Crowell collaboration “Pray,” where forgiveness and hope are extended to a former love. “Rodney’s the kind of guy that you can go to his house, bare your soul and craft a really meaningful song that will stand the test of time.”
For Bentley, Feel That Fire is about the passion of the moment. “As a songwriter and a human being, I want to experience all that I can in this one life we are given. You can’t know good times unless you’ve known heartache and sadness, and the best music is made in the journey.”