Lead Single from Feb. 3 Release Turns Up The Flame

NASHVILLE, TN – Sep 9, 2008 – Dierks Bentley, the troubadour hardcore country star, has always been one to blaze his own trail. Having embraced good times, restless natures, and loves gone good, bad and gone, he strikes a match and sets the tone for his upcoming Feb. 3rd release with the ruggedly direct “Feel That Fire,” shipping to country radio today.

Written with longtime producer/co-writer Brett Beavers, as well as Brett and Brad Warren, “Feel That Fire” is a post-modern love song to the kind of women all men desire and the exact kind of strength and free-spiritedness most women embrace at their core. No frills, straight-up and building on a ride that is equal parts steel guitar and raw need, this is vintage Bentley.

“I think you get to a point where you recognize what attraction is all about,” confesses the multiple GRAMMY nominee and Country Music Association Horizon Award winner. “It’s not the obvious stuff, but more someone who can go toe-to-toe with you, it is about that girl who wants to be as alive as humanly possible, to feel everything, to take it to the hilt.”

Bentley has built a career on pushing the limits, while embracing the very best elements of firebrand country music. Whether it’s Waylon Jennings’ forceful musicality, Kris Kristofferson’s common poetry, Willie Nelson’s unabashed individuality or Rodney Crowell’s mainstream progressiveness, Bentley expands on what was for a sound that is both compelling and capturing of the sort of attraction that defies words.

“To me, the best country music is distilling how life feels… sometimes good, sometimes too much, but always real,” says the 2007 CMA Album of the Year nominee. “We have all these emotions inside us, driving us, pushing us to places we might not even realize we’re going. Sometimes you figure it out, sometimes you just surrender to it. To me, though, it’s all part of it – and the more you give yourself over to it, hopefully the better the songs turn out.”

With hits ranging from the rogue’s delight “Lotta Leavin’ Left To Do,” the unbridled euphoria of “What Was I Thinking,” the pained loss of “Settle For A Slow Down” and the outright desire of “Come A Little Closer,” the gamut is merely a starting point for the man who is as at home at Lollapolooza as he is at Country Thunder. Having spent this year headlining his THROTTLE WIDE OPEN tour, Bentley has taken the songs from his upcoming album to the people, honing these songs into diamonds out on the road where truth and grooves merge in ways that have made him a consistent chart topper.

Mary Hilliard Harrington