Bentley teamed with producer Ross Copperman, who incorporated a new approach in the studio, and executive producer Arturo Buenahora Jr., who matched Bentley with songs and songwriters.
“I named the album Riser because the lyrics in that song perfectly articulate who I want to be, who I try to be,” Bentley says. “There’s a lot of really intense material on this record, but there’s also a lighter side that is equally important in telling the story of the last two years of my life.”
He adds, “When I first started writing for this album, I was in a place of grief over the loss of my dad, but over the course of the next 18 months, my wife and I had our son Knox, and I ended in a place of real joy and gratefulness. Both sides of that coin are what country music has always been about, and I hope that my fans can feel how much of myself I put into this project. It’s all out on the table, for sure.”
Bentley’s next scheduled performance is Jan. 24 in Milwaukee, following the Milwaukee Admirals’ hockey game. He’ll follow that with select dates in Canada, the U.S., Mexico and Europe.