Dierks Bentley Is ‘Somewhere in Mississippi’ for Esquire
In February, Dierks Bentley was among the handful of musicians meeting at the Crossroads in Clarksdale, Miss. for a fashion photo shoot and songwriting challenge for the April issue of Esquire magazine.
The Arizona native trekked to the Shack-Up Inn for the two-day shoot with renowned photographer Danny Clinch, and at the end of the trip, he and the other four singer-songwriters, Charlie Mars, Bob Schneider, Griffin House and Ben Kweller, were put to a test. They were asked to write, perform and record an original song to include the phrase 'Somewhere in Mississippi.'
Dierks took to the task at hand and came up with a rollicking, uptempo tune featuring the lyrics, "I had only known her 'bout six days or so, when she pulled into my drive and said 'Road trip. Let's go!' Had a funny feeling, thinking we should turn around. Somewhere in Mississippi, sure enough, things went south.'
Dierks' song will be available for download for one day only on Monday (March 29), with a full EP of all the songs available April 5 at the Esquire website. Fans can also watch behind-the-scenes footage of the shoot and recording session here.
Dierks is currently gearing up for the release of his bluegrass and roots-inspired album, 'Up on the Ridge,' as well as a tour of the same name, which is set to kick off in Portland, Ore., on April 21.
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