Dierks Bentley to Release ‘Riser’ Film
Dierks Bentley is getting set to drop his seventh studio album, 'Riser,' and in a press release Monday (Feb. 3), the singer announced the release of an accompanying film.
'Dierks Bentley: Riser' chronicles the ups and downs of the two-year period during the making of the new album, which kicked off with the death of Bentley's father and culminated with the birth of his first son, Knox.
“The two phrases ‘touring musician’ and ‘family man’ were never meant to go hand-in-hand…it’s just hard. It really hurts your heart to walk out the door on your kids. It’s like the two loves of your life pulling at you – your family and your love of music,” Bentley says. “I wanted this album to be that deeper look at who I am and who I try to be, and so I guess it's the same with this film too. The first time I watched the rough edit, I actually got physically uncomfortable because it's all in there…my whole life right there on the screen for the whole world to see."
Director Wes Edwards and multiple film crews shadowed Bentley on the road, in the studio, at home, and even in the delivery room when Knox was born. The thousands of hours of tape were then edited down to capture the most complete look at Bentley his fans have ever seen.
"I knew Dierks was a dynamic performer and charismatic guy," Edwards states. "But, as a filmmaker it was a challenge to try and capture a portrait of a guy with so many different aspects to his life. He’s a guy who can bring an audience of twenty thousand to their feet and a guy you can have a beer with in a dive bar. He’s a guy that flies his own plane but uses a kitchen trash bag for luggage."
He adds, "I hope this documentary accurately captures the Dierks I’ve had the honor to get to know personally -- a guy with serious work ethic, love for his family and genuine respect for the people around him. But most of all, I hope we are able to convey a true artist at work."
'Dierks Bentley: Riser' will premiere on Palladia at 9PM ET on Feb. 22. The new album, 'Riser,' is set for release on Feb. 25.
Bentley will embark on the Riser Tour in May. He will likely debut some of the new material when he headlines at the Tropical Nights Boots in the Sand getaway, which runs from Feb. 23-27 at the Riviera Maya in Mexico. Billy Currington, Brantley Gilbert and Jana Kramer will also headline separate nights of the luxury country music getaway.