Up on the Ridge

Up on the Ridge is the fifth studio album by American country music artist Dierks Bentley. It was released on June 8, 2010, via Capitol Records Nashville. The album produced two singles on the US Billboard Hot Country Songs chart with the title track and "Draw Me a Map".

Up on the Ridge
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Studio album by
ReleasedJune 8, 2010 (2010-06-08)
GenreCountry, Bluegrass
LabelCapitol Nashville
ProducerJon Randall
Dierks Bentley chronology
Feel That Fire
Up on the Ridge
Singles from Up on the Ridge
  1. "Up on the Ridge"
    Released: April 12, 2010
  2. "Draw Me a Map"
    Released: August 23, 2010


Unlike Bentley's previous albums, this album is a bluegrass-influenced album, mixed with country and Americana.[1] It features many collaborations, including The Del McCoury Band, Alison Krauss, Chris Thile, and Miranda Lambert. Via his website, Bentley explained the reason behind Up on the Ridge, saying: “This album won’t come as a surprise to my hard core fans, they've asked me: ‘when are you going to make a bluegrass record?’ And I was just waiting for the right time. I didn't want this to be ‘Dierks Bentley and friends’ or a ‘Dierks does bluegrass’ kind of album. I wanted each song to have something special about it, and in the end I think each song really does have its own thing going on.”[2]

In an interview with Billboard Magazine, Capitol Records Nashville president and CEO Mike Dungan commented on Up on the Ridge saying that "The album was supposed to be a side project, but it's grown into something much more....He had a real sense of direction and made a vehicle for people to hopefully discover this music".[3]


The title track is the first single from this album and was sent to radio stations on April 12,[2] and debuted at #59 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for the week of May 1, 2010. The song later peaked at #21 in late July 2010, making it the first single of Bentley's career to miss the Top 20 and the second to miss the Top 10, after My Last Name (from his self titled debut album) at No.17 in 2003. The second single from the album, "Draw Me a Map," was released to country radio on August 23, 2010. It was even less successful than the title track, with a peak of #33, becoming his third-lowest charting single to date, after "What the Hell Did I Say" from his album Black, which peaked at #35 on Hot Country Songs and #46 on the Country Airplay chart.


To promote his new album, Bentley started his Up on the Ridge Tour. The 24 show tour began in Portland, Oregon on April 21, 2010, and it continued through May 22, 2010, where it ended in Nashville, Tennessee.[4]

Bentley also premiered the title song, and first single, on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on April 27, 2010.[5]



The album debuted at number nine on the U.S. Billboard 200, number two on the U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums chart, and at number one on the U.S. Billboard Bluegrass Albums chart, selling nearly 39,000 copies in its first week of release.[6] As of February 12, 2012, the album sold 244,000 copies in the US.[7]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic     [8]
American Songwriter     [9]
Country Weekly     [11]
PopMatters          [12]
Rolling Stone     [13]
Slant Magazine     [14]
Engine 145     [15]

Upon its release, Up on the Ridge received very positive reviews from most music critics.[16] At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 80, based on 7 reviews, which indicates "generally favorable reviews".[16]

Jessica Phillips with Country Weekly magazine rated the album four and a half stars out of five. She praised the sound of the album, saying that it "is built on a bedrock of bluegrass sensibility, but is colored by Dierks' various country, rock and folk influences."[11] Jonathan Keefe with Slant Magazine also rated the album with four and a half out of five stars, commenting that the album's "overall aesthetic... proves Bentley's deep respect for— and his legitimate, intuitive understanding of— country traditions, even as he uses those traditions in forward-thinking, progressive ways."[14]

Stephen Thomas Erlewine with Allmusic gave it four stars, and said it wasn't a traditional bluegrass album, saying "The very presence of a U2 song suggests that this is not a traditional bluegrass album, either in its content -- or in its approach, as he sometimes puts picking in the backseat, letting the instruments strum sweetly as he croons."[8] Wade Jessen with Billboard called it "a thrilling ride from start to finish" and called the track "Down in the Mine" "the standout track".[10]


Year Association Category Result
2010 Country Music Association Awards Album of the Year Nominated
2011 Grammy Awards Best Country Album Nominated
Academy of Country Music Awards Album of the Year Nominated

Track listingEdit

1."Up on the Ridge"Bentley, Angelo Petraglia3:34
2."Fallin' for You"Shawn Camp, Paul Kennerley3:44
3."Señor (Tales of Yankee Power)" (with The Punch Brothers featuring Chris Thile)Bob Dylan3:24
4."Rovin' Gambler" (with The Punch Brothers)Bentley, Jon Randall2:34
5."Draw Me a Map"Bentley, Randall3:31
6."Bad Angel" (featuring Miranda Lambert & Jamey Johnson)Verlon Thompson, Suzi Ragsdale4:04
7."Fiddlin' Around"John Scott Sherrill, Camp, Jeff Austin3:08
8."You're Dead to Me"Bentley, Randall, Tim O'Brien3:19
9."Pride (In the Name of Love)" (with The Punch Brothers featuring Del McCoury)Adam Clayton, Larry Mullen, Dave Evans, Paul David Hewson4:09
10."Love Grows Wild"Julie Miller, Buddy Miller2:48
11."Bottle to the Bottom" (featuring Kris Kristofferson)Kristofferson4:16
12."Down in the Mine"Bentley, Randall5:01


Chart performanceEdit


Chart (2010) Peak
US Billboard 200 9[17] 197[18]
US Billboard Top Bluegrass Albums 1[17] 1[19]
US Billboard Top Country Albums 2[17] 39[20]


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  3. ^ Lipshutz, Jason (May 25, 2010). "Dierks Bentley: Summer Album Preview 2010". Billboard. Retrieved May 26, 2010.
  4. ^ "'UP ON THE RIDGE' Tour Featuring The Travelin' McCourys and Special Guest Hayes Carll". dierks.com. March 15, 2010. Retrieved May 3, 2010.
  5. ^ "'Dierks Bentley To Debut Title Track From New Album UP ON THE RIDGE On The Tonight Show With Jay Leno On Tuesday, April 27". dierks.com. April 25, 2010. Retrieved May 3, 2010.
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  9. ^ Bockelman, Andy (June 8, 2010). "Dierks Bentley: Up on the Ridge". American Songwriter. Retrieved October 12, 2010.
  10. ^ a b Jessen, Wade (June 25, 2010). "Dierks Bentley, "Up on the Ridge"". Billboard. Retrieved October 12, 2010.
  11. ^ a b Phillips, Jessica (May 28, 2010). "Up on the Ridge : Dierks Bentley - Reviews - Country Weekly Magazine". Country Weekly. Retrieved October 12, 2010.
  12. ^ Irwin, Michael (August 17, 2010). "Dierks Bentley: Up on the Ridge < PopMatters". PopMatters. Retrieved October 12, 2010.
  13. ^ Rosen, Jody (June 8, 2010). "Up on the Ridge by Dierks Bentley". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on June 13, 2010. Retrieved October 12, 2010.
  14. ^ a b Keefe, Jonathan (May 31, 2010). "Dierks Bentley:Up on the Ridge". Slant. Retrieved June 2, 2010.
  15. ^ Boldt, Blake. "Album Review: Dierks Bentley – Up On the Ridge". Engine 145. Retrieved July 1, 2010.
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  17. ^ a b c "Chart listing for Up on the Ridge". Billboard. Retrieved October 18, 2010.
  18. ^ "Best of 2010 - Billboard Top 200". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. Retrieved December 31, 2010.
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