Dierks Bentley has a new album coming out June 8 entitled “Up On The Ridge” which is reported to have a more “bluegrass” feel to it. Dierks co-wrote five of the 12 songs and enlisted artists Tim O'Brien , Alison Krauss, Chris Thile, The Punch Brothers, Kris Kristofferson, Vince Gill, Miranda Lambert, Jamey Johnson, and Del McCoury to assist him.
“I’m a songwriter and a musician; my roots are in acoustic country and bluegrass music,” said Dierks. Bluegrass is very wide ranging, according to Dierks, and it goes from “hard core traditional” to “way out there” – it’s just as diverse as country music.
Dierks is touring smaller venues giving a preview of his new album and I had an opportunity to see him with The Travelin’ McCoury’s at The National in Richmond May 18. I wasn’t sure what to expect but from the creative opening notes of Rob McCoury’s banjo and Jason Carter’s fiddle leading into Dierks’ “Free and Easy,” followed by a brilliant rendition of “Foggy Mountain Breakdown” I knew this was going to be a magical night. The 2 other Travelin’ McCoury’s: Ron McCoury (mandolin), Alan Bartram (bass) plus Dierks’ band mates Steve Misamore (drums) and Tim Sergent (steel guitar) made up the band for the evening.
Finally Dierks and the Travelin’ McCoury’s closed the show with “Eastbound and Down” (from Smoky & the Bandit – a Jerry Reed cover). A rousing and fitting finish to an evening packed with extraordinary musicianship. I couldn’t help but notice how much they appeared to enjoy playing music together; giving a nod at a good performance, yielding the floor for a solo, challenging each other to go faster, laughing and patting one another on the back. But even more amazing was the speed of their skillful playing and the endurance required to sustain it.
Set List (The National - Richmond, VA)
* - selections from the new album "Up on the Ridge"
1. Free & Easy (with instrumental intro)
2. Foggy Mountain Breakdown
3. Fiddlin’ Around *
4. Feel That Fire
5. Rovin’ Gambler (traditional bluegrass)
6. Draw Me A Map *
7. Lot of Leavin’ Left To Do
8. Good Man Like Me
9. Up On The Ridge *
10. Settle For A Slow Down
11. Midnight Rider (Allman Brothers Band cover)
13. Señor (Tales of Yankee Power) *
15. Come A Little Closer
16. How Am I Doin’
17. All My Ex’s Live In Texas (George Strait Cover)
18. Just Breathe (Pearl Jam cover)
19. What Was I Thinkin’
20. Eastbound & Down (from Smoky & the Bandit – Jerry Reed cover)
Dierks Bentley Concert photos by CWalker (click to view)
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