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The chorus of Dierks Bentley’s new song “Bourbon In Kentucky,” a track from his upcoming Riser album, is getting a lot of buzz. “There ain’t enough bourbon in Kentucky for me to forget you,” he sings with every earnest bone in his body. (And whoever he is trying to forget must be extremely unforgettable if the 4.9 million barrels of bourbon aging in Kentucky right now cannot erase his memory.) But let’s not overlook the other things Bentley cannot get enough of in his efforts to move on. So while there ain’t enough bourbon, there also:
1. Ain’t enough matches he could strike to set afire the memory of her.
2. Ain’t enough bottles he could break to make them feel as broken as he does.
3. Ain’t enough kisses from a stranger on a long wild night to ever make it all right.
4. Ain’t enough bottles he could drink to make them feel as empty as he does.
Bentley told Rolling Stone he loves the angst of the song and the aggressive lonesomeness of it. And I think that kind of makes it a love song — that he’s that lonesome without her and can’t find a way to drink his way over her.