Dierks Bentley has been known as one of the most distinctive stylists in all of Country Music since releasing “What Was I Thinkin’” in 2003. In the decade since then he’s released hit after hit and after a pair of award-winning and nominated albums in Up On The Ridge and Home, Dierks has released the lead single to Riser, “Bourbon In Kentucky.”
The single, written by Ryan Tyndell, Hillary Lindsey and Gordie Sampson is a nice blend of the sound Dierks previous two albums (rootsy and mainstream, respectively) feature and showcases Dierks at the Top of his game. The melody is appropriately moody as it matches the lyrics about a man who doesn’t have any way of getting over and past a relationship, as he’s clearly lost without the love of his life.
The moody production from Ross Copperman breathes a little U2-like atmosphere to this classic country lyric and that’s enough to help sell an honest-to-God country drinkin’ song in a 21st Century radio atmosphere where such songs are few and far between. Add in Kacey Musgraves harmony vocals and it’s all enough to suggest Dierks Bentley has himself another big hit.