The Mountain (Dierks Bentley album)

The Mountain is the ninth studio album by American country music singer Dierks Bentley. It was released on June 8, 2018 via Capitol Records Nashville. It features the singles "Woman, Amen", "Burning Man" (a duet with Brothers Osborne) and "Living". The album was co-produced by Jon Randall and Ross Copperman.

The Mountain
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Studio album by
ReleasedJune 8, 2018 (2018-06-08)
RecordedNovember 2017
GenreCountry
Length47:13
LabelCapitol Nashville
Producer
Dierks Bentley chronology
Black
(2016)
The Mountain
(2018)
Singles from The Mountain
  1. "Woman, Amen"
    Released: January 17, 2018
  2. "Burning Man"
    Released: May 31, 2018
  3. "Living"
    Released: February 25, 2019

ContentEdit

Bentley wrote 10 of the 13 songs on the album. Most of it was written after he performed at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival in Telluride, Colorado. He recorded it at the Studio in the Clouds in that town in November 2017.[1] According to Bentley, the album mixes the bluegrass influence of his 2010 album Up on the Ridge with the rock music influence of his previous disc, 2016's Black. Serving as record producers are those two albums' respective producers, Jon Randall and Ross Copperman.[2]

The album includes two vocal collaborations: "Burning Man" featuring Brothers Osborne and "Travelin' Light" featuring Brandi Carlile. Bluegrass musicians Jerry Douglas, Sam Bush, and Tim O'Brien are also featured.

Commercial performanceEdit

The Mountain debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Country Albums and No. 3 on the US Billboard 200, with 102,000 album-equivalent units, 94,000 of which are traditional album sales.[3] The album is Dierks Bentley's ninth top 10 and the best debut sales week of his career.[4] It sold another 13,400 copies (18,200 units) in the second week.[5] It has sold 193,400 copies in the United States as of September 2019.[6]

Critical receptionEdit

Rolling Stone praised the album, particularly the single "You Can't Bring Me Down," with writer Luke Levenson commenting, "Dierks Bentley is continuing his celebration of resilience and strength with "You Can't Bring Me Down," which, following previous releases "Woman, Amen," "The Mountain," and "Living," returns the production level to its basics."[7]

Track listingEdit

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Burning Man" (featuring Brothers Osborne)
3:58
2."The Mountain"4:44
3."Living"3:42
4."Woman, Amen"
3:00
5."You Can't Bring Me Down"4:46
6."Nothing On but the Stars"
3:47
7."Goodbye in Telluride"
  • Bentley
  • Gorley
  • Copperman
  • Scooter Carusoe
3:09
8."My Religion"
3:05
9."One Way"
  • Bentley
  • Jeff Hyde
  • Laura Veltz
3:37
10."Son of the Sun"
  • Bentley
  • Nite
  • Randall
  • Copperman
3:10
11."Stranger to Myself"
3:24
12."Travelin' Light" (featuring Brandi Carlile)
  • Bentley
  • Gorley
  • Nite
3:14
13."How I'm Going Out"3:38
Total length:47:13

PersonnelEdit

Adapted from The Mountain liner notes.[8]

Musicians

  • Dierks Bentley – lead vocals (all tracks), background vocals (1–4, 7, 8)
  • Alan Bradbury – background vocals (1, 2)
  • Sam Bush – mandolin (5, 7, 12)
  • Brandi Carlile – duet vocals (12)
  • Matt Chamberlain – drums (all tracks), percussion (1, 2, 5, 9–11), programming (8)
  • Ross Copperman – acoustic guitar (3, 6, 7, 10, 11), electric guitar (3, 6, 7), background vocals (3–7, 9), keyboards (3, 4, 6, 7, 10, 11), programming (3, 4, 6, 7, 11), percussion (6, 7, 11)
  • Luke Dick – acoustic guitar (1), electric guitar (1, 2), background vocals (1, 2), percussion (1), programming (1)
  • Jerry DouglasDobro (8, 12)
  • Dan Dugmore – electric guitar (3, 10), pedal steel guitar (9, 11, 13)
  • Ian Fitchuk – bass guitar (all tracks), keyboards (1, 2, 4, 5, 10, 13), bass synthesizer (6)
  • Ben Helson – banjo (2, 5, 12), acoustic guitar (3, 4, 7–11), mandolin (4)
  • Dan Hochhalter – fiddle (2, 5, 9)
  • Jedd Hughes – electric guitar (all tracks), acoustic guitar (1, 4, 5)
  • Josh Kear – background vocals (4)
  • Jamie Kenney – keyboards (8)
  • Hillary Lindsey – background vocals (5)
  • Rob McNelley – electric guitar (1, 5–7, 10, 11)
  • Heather Morgan – background vocals (11)
  • Jon Nite – background vocals (3, 6)
  • Tim O'Brien – background vocals (1), fiddle (1), bouzouki (8)
  • John Osborne – electric guitar (1)
  • T.J. Osborne – lead vocals (1)
  • Danny Rader – acoustic guitar (6, 7), electric guitar (6, 7), keyboards (6, 7), banjo (7), bouzouki (7), programming (7)
  • Jon Randall – acoustic guitar (2–6, 9–13), mandolin (4, 5), background vocals (5, 7, 9, 10, 13)
  • F. Reid Shippen – bass synthesizer (1), programming (3, 4)

Technical

  • Arturo Buenahora Jr. – executive production
  • Ross Copperman – production
  • Pete Lyman – mastering
  • Jon Randall – production
  • F. Reid Shippen – recording, mixing

ChartsEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ Parton, Chris (April 12, 2018). "Dierks Bentley's Album 'The Mountain' to Feature Brandi Carlile, Brothers Osborne". Rolling Stone Country. Retrieved May 30, 2018.
  3. ^ Asker, Jim (June 19, 2018). "Dierks Bentley & Sugarland Debut on Top Country Albums Chart". Billboard. Retrieved July 1, 2018.
  4. ^ a b Caulfield, Keith (June 18, 2018). "Kids See Ghosts & Dierks Bentley Debut in Top 3 on Billboard 200 Albums Chart". Billboard. Retrieved June 19, 2018.
  5. ^ Bjorke, Matt (June 25, 2018). "The Top 20 Most-Consumed Country Albums: June 25, 2018". Roughstock. Retrieved July 1, 2018.
  6. ^ Bjorke, Matt (September 4, 2019). "Top 10 Country Album Sales Chart: September 4, 2019". Roughstock. Retrieved September 13, 2019.
  7. ^ Levenson, Luke (2018-05-11). "Hear Dierks Bentley's Empowering New Song 'You Can't Bring Me Down'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2020-07-28.
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