Even though Dierks Bentley has lived in Nashville for a quarter-century and has his own Music City honky tonk, Whiskey Row, part of his heart still remains in his native Arizona.
That's why he's proud to shine a spotlight on the West with his latest album, The Mountain, which was written and recorded in Telluride, Colorado.
"I've got a foot in Nashville and I definitely have more of a foot than ever out West where I'm from," Dierks explains. "You know, I've been here 25 years and I love Nashville, and I love seeing all the changes happening," he says of Music City's exponential growth.
"But I'm definitely from the West," he adds, "and I feel like this album more than any other album has been a real recognition of that, that I'm not from here. I'm not from the South."
"You know, there was times that I probably would've worried about saying that, because you're trying to make it," he admits.
Once he's realized all his country music dreams, Dierks reveals he plans to head back home to Arizona.
"Yeah, I love it here," he continues, "but I feel like this album was really a chance to reflect on the mountains where I'm from, and where I will be one day when it's all over."
"I'll be hanging out in Gilbert at Whiskey Row," he continues, mentioning his honky tonk's first location. "I'll come back here from time to time."
Dierks' latest single from The Mountain, "Burning Man" with Brothers Osborne, is currently in country's top five. Next Thursday, he kicks off the Burning Man Tour in Hamilton, Ontario with Jon Pardi and newcomer Tenille Townes.
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