01/17/2018

Dierks Bentley on New Single, 'Woman Amen': 'It's One of My More Personal Songs'

When Dierks Bentley played his new single, the deeply romantic and reverential “Woman Amen” for its intended subject, his wife Cassidy Black, she admitted that it was not her favorite selection on his forthcoming album, The Mountain.

“She’s been around me too long. I’ve come back from so many writing appointments over the past 12 years like ‘I wrote this song about you’ and she’s like, ‘Just because it’s a love song doesn’t mean it’s about me.’ She can see through things,” the country star says, laughing, while seated on a couch at West Hollywood’s Sunset Marquis.

However with convincing sincerity, Bentley says the uplifting tune “really was one of my more personal songs about her and about the way I feel…a song that talks about how I’d be lost without [Cassidy].”

The ringing, uptempo track, out today, pays homage to the love that rescued him in a world that breaks people over and over again. “I know I was saved the night that she gave this drifter’s heart a home,” he sings in the shimmering song of devotion.

Bentley co-wrote “Woman Amen” with frequent collaborators Josh Kear and Ross Copperman in Nashville in-between writing the bulk of The Mountain in Telluride and returning to the picturesque Colorado town two months later to record the set. He fell so in love with Telluride after playing the Telluride Bluegrass Festival this summer that he summoned several of his favorite songwriters, including Copperman, Natalie Hemby, Luke Dick, Jon Randall, Jon Nite and Ashley Gorley, for a five-day writing retreat there.

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