Why Dierks Bentley Went West

He Explains All of Telluride's Appeals

Did Dierks Bentley make his new music in Telluride just because it’s Telluride? Or just because it’s not Nashville?

It sounds like, a little bit of both.

When Bentley invited reporters into his new Nashville bar/eatery/venue Whiskey Row, he answered questions about why he took songwriters out to the Colorado ski town to write for his next album The Mountain. And more importantly, why he went back there three months later to actually record the music there.

“It was just kind of getting us all in the vibe,” Bentley said of the first trip — kind of a songwriter’s retreat — when he and his squad took hikes, drank coffee, watched sunsets and wrote songs.

“This place we were writing had boxes holding speakers up, and a trash can for the computer and no furniture,” he said. So when one of the writers suggested they come back to Telluride to record the record because it would be “so dope,” Bentley wasn’t so sure. “Like what? We’d hang mics to the ceiling tiles?”

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