There is no doubt that Dierks Bentley has a lot of fun making music, especially when he’s onstage. But despite the late nights playing for fans that are more like a party than a day at the office, he takes his work as a singer and songwriter seriously.
“My job is to be a poet for the common man,” he said. “That’s what Merle Haggard is. He sings [and] does things in ways that [make] you [think], ‘Man, I wish I could say that same thing to someone that means something.’”
Dierks aspired to do the same with his latest single, “I Hold On,” a track he co-wrote with Brett James. “I think on this song, I was able to really use some common images in explaining why I’m never going to walk out, never going to leave,” he said. “That’s just not who I am as a person.”
Dierks will release his new album, Riser, featuring “I Hold On,” on February 25.