Dierks Bentley will introduce a new film this month about the personal inspirations behind his upcoming album, Riser. A special edit of the film will air exclusively on CMT on Feb. 22 at 2 p.m. ET. The full-length film will air the same day on Palladia at 9 p.m. ET.
Titled Dierks Bentley: Riser, the film follows Bentley as he welcomes a new son, grieves his father’s death and prepares a new album. Wes Edwards served as director, drawing on thousands of hours of footage for the film.
“The two phrases ‘touring musician’ and ‘family man’ were never meant to go hand-in-hand. … It’s just hard. It really hurts your heart to walk out the door on your kids. It’s like the two loves of your life pulling at you — your family and your love of music,” said Bentley.
“I wanted this album to be that deeper look at who I am and who I try to be, and so I guess it’s the same with this film too. The first time I watched the rough edit, I actually got physically uncomfortable because it’s all in there … my whole life right there on the screen for the whole world to see,” he added.
To celebrate both the new album and film, Bentley will host screenings over the course of the next few weeks in London, Los Angeles, Nashville, New York and Toronto.
Bentley is currently climbing the country airplay chart with “I Hold On,” which he co-wrote with Brett James. Riser will be released on Feb. 25.