Editor’s note: A special 30-minute TV version of Dierks Bentley: Riser premieres Saturday (Feb. 22) at 2 p.m. ET/PT on CMT.
Dierks Bentley’s newest coming attraction doesn’t involve beautiful babies or a new business venture like Whiskey Row, his bar/restaurant in Arizona. Nope, this time he’s taking things a whole new direction.
To coincide with the release of his new album, Riser, Bentley put together a video documentary about the making of the project titled Dierks Bentley: Riser and was kind enough to invite hundreds of music industry folks to a Tuesday afternoon (Feb. 18) screening.
The humble and eternally-endearing singer parked his beloved Chevy truck — the one he calls Big White — right smack in front of the Rosewall, an event venue near downtown Nashville, to greet the crowd.
Next week’s release of Riser is a huge moment for Bentley. His career is hotter than ever, and he’s keen to deliver.
“Everything’s kind of firing on all cylinders,” Bentley told the audience. “Somehow, for 10 years, I’ve been on the road. We’re still having hits. I’m getting ready to do my first headlining tour this summer, so we’re still climbing. It’s a slow climb. It’s a very, slow climb.”
It might be a slow climb in Bentley’s mind, but it’s one I guarantee will take him to the top once again. Throughout the documentary, you get to see Bentley writing, preparing and rehearsing new songs such as “Damn These Dreams,” “Pretty Girls” and a host of other killer tunes.
In the documentary, you’ll hear the stories behind the songs. Some of them are absolutely hysterical, as you might expect with a title like “Drunk on a Plane.” Other stories are heartbreaking as Bentley openly discusses the death of his father and how it influenced his life and music.
You’ll also catch a glimpse of the singer’s personal life with his wife Cassidy and his beautiful babies Evie, Jordan and little Knox.
When you watch the documentary, you’ll see that Bentley is a good man — a great artist, a family man and the very definition of a gentleman. He is truly a “riser.” And it’s a beautiful thing to watch the climb.