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Dynamic Vocal Performance And Depth Of Material Mark The ‘Defining’ New Project

Toronto, Ontario (14 May 2012) – Seven albums deep and Dierks Bentley continues to grow as one of country music’s leading singer/songwriters. His latest evolution comes in the form of RISER, a project due this fall that stands as his most personal to date, via Universal Music Canada, the country’s leading music company. Written and recorded in the year following his father’s death, the album draws its title from “I’m A Riser”, a song about resilience and determination. “I’m A Riser” works as a commentary on spiritual, personal and societal recommitment, but it also applies to the competitive battlefield of the music industry. It’s particularly appropriate for an album about rejuvenation delivered by Bentley. “Life in general has a way of knocking you down,” Bentley says. “It’s different reasons for different folks – could be personal reasons, could be family reasons, your job, drugs, alcohol. That song really applies to anybody that’s lived. There have always been those moments when we have to get back up and get on our feet.  They are defining moments…breakthrough moments.” Accepting change – and growing from it – is a key theme in RISER, and it’s reflected by the tone of the album, which demonstrates a new artistic depth and intensity for Bentley. Bentley made significant reconfigurations in his creative team to shake up his sonic texture without sacrificing his commercial drive. He re-enlisted executive producer Arturo Buenahora Jr., who worked on Bentley’s first two albums; and utilized producer Ross Copperman, who co-wrote “Tip It On Back” for Bentley’s most recent album, Home. Since making a life-altering drive with his father from Phoenix to Nashville when he was 19 years old, Bentley has forged his own path in an industry built predominantly on formula.  He has mixed elements of modern country, classic country, bluegrass and rock, maintaining an unmistakable identity while constantly reinventing his sound. Bentley’s last record, Home featured the Gold single “5-1-5-0”. His seven album career has garnered 11 Grammy nominations and earned him an invitation to join the Grand Ole Opry. This summer he will perform at the Boots and Hearts Festival on August 4 in Ontario. For a short trailer on RISER and updates on when the first single will be revealed, check