Music Critics Praise UP ON THE RIDGE

Dierks Bentley is prepping for the release of his fifth Capitol Nashville studio album, the artistically daring bluegrass-influenced UP ON THE RIDGE, out June 8. “I set out to make an album that wasn’t defined by genre and did my best to break down what people’s preconceptions were about what ‘bluegrass’ music can sound like,” explains Bentley. “It’s so awesome to see the single hit the Top 30 and climb up the country radio charts and to see fans get really excited about a fresh sound. I didn’t know what the reception would be...I just set out to make a great album. I couldn’t be prouder of the outcome...the whole process has been magical.” Much more than just a bluegrass concept album, the new disc features Bentley working with some of the finest acoustic musicians in the world. Bentley penned five of the album’s 12 tracks and artfully covered songs by such unlikely sources as Bob Dylan and U2. The award winning singer/songwriter also collaborated with musical heavyweights Alison Krauss, Kris Kristofferson, Sam Bush, Vince Gill, Miranda Lambert, Jamey Johnson and bluegrass legend Del McCoury for the album. Working with an award-winning singer/songwriter/producer Jon Randall Stewart and world-class recording engineer Gary Paczosa, Bentley has crafted an album with rooted familiarity as well as big surprises. Even before its June 8 release, the country’s top music critics are already hailing it as “masterpiece country album.” USA TODAY picked it as the stand-alone country album in their “Top 12 albums of Summer” list. People Magazine has awarded it as the “critic’s choice” giving it 3.5 out of 4 stars. Country Weekly says "At once artistic, interesting and highly listenable, this album is a landmark masterpiece for Dierks." Billboard says “...the combination of Bentley’s vision and an impressive list of collaborators results in a fascinating detour.” Washington Post calls it one of the more “remarkable major label country albums.” Music Row concludes, “The first masterpiece country album of 2010...the whole collection is brilliant.” Bentley’s promo schedule kicks off in New York City on Mon., June 7 with a five song performance of the new material on Imus In The Morning, followed by a visit to NBC’s TODAY. He will also tape a special performance for ABC’s CMA MusicFest: Country’s Night to Rock, which will air on the network later in the summer, before making his way to the Telluride Bluegrass Festival next week. Other upcoming appearances this month include a profile on CBS Sunday Morning, the one hour GAC Special Dierks Bentley: Up On The Ridge and a two song performance on Jimmy Kimmel Live.