Dierks Bentley announces new album release in 2022

Dierks Bentley had a schedule every two years for new studio albums, but he skipped a recent rotation, leaving his fans nearly four years old with nothing to cling to. It should end in 2022.

Speaking to Taste of Country ahead of the 2021 CMA Awards in Nashville, Bentley confirmed that he will be releasing a new album next year. From the exit The mountain (2018), the singer released “Gone” and “Beers on Me”, two singles that are so far unrelated to a full project. Don’t expect more of the same.

“A whole different sound, probably,” says Bentley, describing what will be his 10th studio album. “It leans a bit more on tradition in some ways.”

The mountain is unique in that it was primarily written and recorded in Colorado, specifically at Studio in the Clouds in Telluride. The ACM and CMA nominated album showcased its bluegrass influences in a more progressive fashion, allowing it two # 1 hits and a Top 5 on the Billboard Country distribution table. After spending much of the pandemic in Colorado, Bentley has since returned to Nashville.

“It was difficult to get out of the Mountainhe says, emphasizing the pun. “I have so much love for this album, I love the way we did it, and I still love being in these mountains. “

Either way, it won’t be part two, he says, spelling out what to expect and outlining something that falls in between. The mountain and its more progressive Black 2016 album. Ross Copperman has directed production on each of his last three studio albums, with help from Jon Randall on the most recent project. It was a change from the early days of Bentley’s career, when Brett Beavers was his favorite producer.

At the CMA Awards on Wednesday night, Bentley will bring Breland and Hardy on stage with him to sing “Beers on Me”, their Top 40 collaboration. Bentley is also nominated for Male Vocalist of the Year and Music Video of the Year for “Gone”. The 2021 CMA Awards will air on ABC at 8 p.m. ET.

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Best Country Albums of 2021 – Critics’ Choice

There were plenty of creative country albums in 2021, but not all of them hit the mark. Artists are playing more than ever with distribution methods and packaging as much as they are new sounds, so you get double and triple albums, Part 1 and Part 2, and digital EPs instead of a traditional 10 release. or 11 songs.

The bar for an EP on this list of top country albums of 2021 is higher than an LP, but one project managed to reach the Top 10. Too much music has been found to dampen the efforts of other artists, although the Alan Jackson’s debut album in years was filled with country music that we couldn’t shy away from. Where did you go has 21 songs, but somehow no filler.

More than ever, this relied on staff opinion and artistic merit to allow a certain parity between the artists of the big labels and the independents. The 10 albums listed below are unranked, although the year-end list released in the fall will crown a truly best album of 2021.

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