Award winning singer/songwriter Dierks Bentley will debut the lead and title track from his forthcoming bluegrass-influenced album UP ON THE RIDGE on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, tonight, Tues., April 27. The track, written by Bentley and Angelo Petraglia, features Petraglia on acoustic guitar, Sam Bush on slide mandolin and background vocals by Alison Krauss.
“This is the most fun I’ve ever had making music,” says Bentley. “The songs, the production, the collaborations...everything came together so organically and naturally...it’s been a blast. Now, we’ve got tv offers and a tour...I feel the same excitement and nervousness I felt when we were getting ready to release my first album 6 years ago!”
As anticipation builds for the artistically-daring collection, music critics are stirring with a first taste of the June 8, 2010 release. CMT’s Chet Flippo predicts it will be a “career landmark” for Bentley, and MusicRow magazine is already calling it “the first masterpiece country album of 2010.”
To preview a short film on the background of UP ON THE RIDGE, click here.
Bentley kicked off his UP ON THE RIDGE tour of 24 shows in 30 days this past weekend with sold out crowds in Portland, OR; Boulder, CO; Colorado Springs, CO; and Austin, TX. He continues on through May 22 with a final show at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium. For a full list of appearances and tour dates, as well as more info on the upcoming album, visit here.