Dierks Bentley Announces New Album “Gravel & Gold”, Shares New Song “Same Ol' Me”
American country music singer-songwriter Dierks Bentley announced his tenth studio album “Gravel & Gold” would be released on February 24, 2023.
It is his first album in five years since the 2018 album “The Mountain”.
The album comprises 14-track, featuring guest appearances from Ashley McBryde and Billy Strings.
A press release describes the album as “perspective and self-awareness at many levels from the personal to the professional. Gravel & Gold is a story of renewal, family, persistence and devotion to making the music as authentic and lasting as it possibly can be.”
“It’s been four years since I put out an album, and part of the reason for that is that I wrote and recorded two records that I didn’t feel were good enough and had to start over…twice,” Dierks Bentley explained of the album. “I’m going to be able [to] look back on it for the rest of my life and be like, yeah, that was harder than I thought it would be, but zero regrets. I had to get it right. That’s the Gravel & Gold of it all.”
- From the album, he released the opening track called “Same Ol' Me” along with a music video on January 13, 2023.
The track was written by Dierks Bentley, Luke Dick, and Jon Randall. Produced by Dierks Bentley, F. Reid Shippen, Jon Randall, and Ross Copperman.
The video was filmed at Music City’s iconic Exit/In before it closed last December.
Dierks Bentley said of the once iconic Exit/In, “Started my career playing EXIT/IN 20 years ago and got to perform in there one last time before they shut the doors in Dec. Lot of memories! Wonder if Ray Benson remembers waking me up at 4am under a bench in the dressing room? I’ve grown up a little since then, but I’m still the Same Ol' Me.”
He continued, “My first time playing Exit/In was just as meaningful to me as playing the Ryman and Bridgestone Arena. I opened for Asleep at the Wheel before I had a record deal or anything. A manager was supposed to come watch me play, but they didn’t show up. I had a few too many Busch Lights and passed out under a bench. The last thing I remember hearing was Ray Benson’s booming voice. I woke up around 4:00 am and realized I was all alone!”
He added, “It was bittersweet to be in there during the last days of December as they were closing it down. I felt honored to take a shot with the guys and toast to the history there and turn the lights off.”
- source : Spotify