Bentley holds on with new single
Monday, August 12, 2013
– Dierks Bentley released the driving new single I Hold On
to country radio today in advance of his upcoming seventh studio album, "Riser."
Written by Bentley and Brett James, the song pins spiritual questions to material symbols and is delivered with building vocals. "If you asked me to sum myself up in three minutes, I'd play I Hold On for you," Bentley said. "At first listen, you might think it's about my truck or my guitar, but it's really about why I do some of the things I do and the kind of guy I am."
"The chorus is really universal...it's about faith, love and freedom...I don't think there's a country fan out there who doesn't live with those as big priorities. I hope through this song I'm able to let the fans into my heart and my mind a little more, and that they can also relate it back to themselves and their own lives."
Written and recorded in the year following his father's death, the album draws its title from I'm A Riser, a song about resilience and determination.
Before the release of the anticipated new project, Bentley will finish out the Miranda Lambert and Dierks Bentley: Locked & Reloaded Tour through October.
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