"What a year" is a phrase that many people might use to describe 2020, and Dierks Bentley has now turned it into a song.
Backstage during the 2020 iHeartCountry Music Festival, the singer/songwriter opened up about all the new music he's been working on, and even revealed that he's not particularly inspired to release a full album at the moment, but does plan on releasing more songs. Bentley explained:
"The creative process is hard right now. I feel like every album is a step up from the one before for me. And this last album, The Mountain, I wrote the songs in Colorado. I went back out with my band and recorded them on this Mesa. It was a really amazing experience and was spiritual. Just because we're in a weird time right now, I don't want to rush something out there just because we have to. I mean, I gotta be honest, I'm not feeling super inspired about making a full album right now. That's why for the first time my career, I'm just thinking about singles. Just put out songs that feel great, or have something to say and not try to create a whole project at this point because ... I think it's okay too, I think it's okay just to take the moment to breathe and it's a little bit longer of a breath than we all want to take, but if you don't have something really important to say right now, then I just don't want to muddy up some of the other projects that I've put out there when I did have something to say."
Dierks also said that some of the songs he's been writing are inspired by what the world has been experiencing this year, and even wrote a song called "What A Year." He revealed, "So just been writing songs, and some of the songs are about the times we're going through. I wrote a song the other day called 'What A Year,' which kind of speaks for itself."
But not all of the music Bentley has been writing is along those lines. He explained, "But also just trying to write songs that don't directly talk about what we're dealing with right now. Cause it feels [like] people are trying to get out a little bit right now, and enjoy this time before the winter comes. And I want to do something that kind of feels like it makes them want to jam along in the car and maybe do what country music does so well, which has help us come sometimes forget what's going on around us, outside that car."
Dierks recently released his newest song "Gone," which he performed for the first time ever during this year's iHeartCountry Festival.
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