Tuesday, June 08, 2010
I've only had the chance to listen to a few tracks and may post a full review later, but I'll go ahead and nominate Dierks Bentley's Up On The Ridge as the musical surprise of the week. Bentley is one of those contemporary country artists so bland that the casual fan could easily get his songs confused with those of, say, Kenny Chesney or Keith Urban. It would have been easy for Bentley to keep turning out arena-country, but this time out he has opted to release pretty much a straight bluegrass record with guest appearances by Chris Thile and the Punch Brothers, Del McCoury, Miranda Lambert, and more. Bentley's cover of Bob Dylan's "Senor (Tales of Yankee Power)" (with Thile adding some vocals) is entirely credible and I can't wait to hear his version of "Pride (In The Name Of Love)". Cheers to Bentley; this album seems about as likely as Nickelback doing an album of hymns or Led Zeppelin touring again.