DIERKS BENTLEY’S “EARNESTNESS AND CONFIDENCE” LAND THE MOUNTAIN ON ESQUIRE’S BEST COUNTRY ALBUMS OF 2018 LIST
Bentley’s Ninth LP Praised for Venturing into “Rarely-Charted Lands in Country Music”
NASHVILLE, TN – Dec. 3, 2018 – Esquire named Dierks Bentley’s chart-topping album THE MOUNTAIN as one of its “10 Best Country Albums of 2018.” Lauding Bentley’s ability to find “rarely-charted lands in country music: the top of the charts (a place Bentley finds frequently) with artistic vision firmly intact,” THE MOUNTAIN’s “expansive” nature touches on a variety of meaningful topics including the “importance of family (‘My Religion’), transformative powers of love and monogamy (‘Woman, Amen’) and hard won perspective found in his forties (‘Travelin’ Light’).”
Only a few months since release, THE MOUNTAIN has already earned Bentley the highest first week sales of his career, his 17th career No. One “Woman, Amen” – a “contemporary-sounding radio hit that carries a deeper message” (Washington Post), three CMA nominations including “Album of the Year” and continuous critical acclaim.
“He’s making great, quality music with depth and sincerity…it’s music for grown ups and for people dealing with the stuff grown ups deal with.” – NPR
“The best representation of all his skills, from being a true fan of acoustic instruments like the mandolin and banjo, to raising a glass to his partying crowds and delivering arena-sized anthems.” – Associated Press
“Marks one of the most joyful, brazen, and cohesive collections of his career.” – Entertainment Weekly
“Filled with gratitude for life and what lies ahead. Sonically, it’s a compelling marriage of contemporary and bluegrass sounds.” – The Tennessean
“Make no mistake, this is a record – not a collection of songs or singles. That’s just not how Bentley does things.” – Rolling Stone
“A star who found the peak by charting his own path.” – CBS News
“Nothing and no one can get in his way.” – Elle Magazine
Bentley’s “dark and grungy collab about not losing your wild side as you mature” (Billboard) Top 10 single “Burning Man” is currently blazing up the radio charts. After co-writing 10 of THE MOUNTAIN’s (Capitol Records Nashville) 13 tracks, his new creative high while “making music designed to challenge” (New York Times) has contributed to over 3.5 billion streams, more than 8.6 million total album sales, countless nominations from the CMAs, ACMs, Billboard Music Awards and more while earning 13 GRAMMY nominations – including at least one stemming from each of his last six albums. Bentley continues with his endeavors outside of the music industry by partnering with Flag & Anthem to create an exclusive lifestyle collection, Desert Son, and has four Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row locations throughout the country. His 2019 BURNING MAN TOUR kicks off in January with special guests Jon Pardi and Tenille Townes. For more information, visit www.Dierks.com.