On Thursday, February 23, Dierks Bentley will celebrate the release of his new album, Gravel & Gold, with a one-time live concert event titled, “An Evening with Dierks Bentley: The Road to Gravel & Gold.”
Taking place at Nashville’s CMA Theater inside the Country Music Hall of Fame, Bentley will take this opportunity to showcase the journey to his 10th studio album. The livestream is also expected to feature special guests to help him perform hits from his award-winning career along with new songs off GRAVEL & GOLD, which drops the next day on February 24.
Fans can tune-in to the livestream at 8pm ET/7pm CT via 3point5, a new Twitch channel powered by Universal Music Group’s °1824.
The country star’s upcoming 14-track album serves as the follow-up to 2018’s The Mountain and is named after his latest chart-climbing single, “Gold,” which Bentley penned with Ashley Gorley, Luke Dick and Ross Copperman.
The Arizona native spent part of the pandemic in Colorado writing new songs for this milestone project. In an effort to create a collection that serves as a culmination of his story that began with his first publishing deal in 2001, Bentley recorded the new record not once, not twice, but three times.
“You know, the first time I went to go in to record this album was during the pandemic, and it wasn’t a lot of fun being in the studio where you had to get Covid testing and you had to wear a mask, he explained in a statement to his label. “Very non-conducive to making art, to making music, so it really kind of messed up the session a little bit. And I cut 14 songs and decided it just was missing a little bit of the spark that comes from the fun of being in the studio and collaborating with your friends without all of those restrictions.”
“So, the first take didn’t go so well because of that, but it just got more fun the more I worked on it, and by the time I went back in to the studio for the third time, man, it was nothing but just great vibes, great energy and I think you can hear that throughout the whole album,” he said in conclusion.
Gravel & Gold was co-written almost entirely by Bentley, who also served as a producer for the first time alongside some of his closest collaborators. The album features previously released songs including “Same Ol’ Me,” and “Gold,” as well as collaborations with Billy Strings titled “High Note,” and his latest drop featuring Ashley McBryde, “Cowboy Boots.”
The traditional country anthem with McBryde reminds listeners that country boots, while a staple in country music fashion, are more than just an accessory.
“They were made to ride and ramble / They were made for desert stars / They ain’t broke in ’til they’ve broken / A few horses and some hearts / Kickin’ dust up instead of habits / Got some bad ones they should lose / That’s why they call ’em cowboy boots / They were made to count a band off / Two-step across the floor / Push down on a throttle / Hide a bottle, kick down doors / They’ll make you feel ten feet tall / And cool like Chris LeDoux / That’s why thеy call ’em cowboy boots,” Bentley sings on the tune, which tips its hat to the country music fan’s favorite shoe.
To accompany the track, Dierks Bentley and Ashley McBryde shared a live performance video, which was filmed in late January at Lower Broadway’s iconic Robert’s Western World in Music City.
Since his early success, Bentley has continued to claim his spot in country music with the release of eight more albums that reached the top of the Country sales charts. In addition, he’s earned a total of 21 No. 1 hits and claimed three CMA Awards, 14 GRAMMY® nominations and membership into the Grand Ole Opry.
Dierks Bentley has not announced any touring plans for 2023, but he does have a slew of dates in the books for individual shows and festivals including Country Thunder Arizona, Country Concert, Country Jam USA, and more.
He will also appear at a concert honoring the late George Jones Still Playin’ Possum.
“Nancy called me and told me there’s an event going on down in Huntsville, and I immediately said yes, without checking with anybody,” Bentley said of his conversation with Jones’ wife, Nancy Sepulvado.
“Anything she ever asked me to do, I would definitely do. She’s always been so sweet to me and you know, George he represents a part of Nashville that’s long gone. He also is George Jones, so there’s a lot to that name and to Nancy and just the kind of that old school Nashville that’s a little further away from us every day.”
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