On Tuesday country artist Dierks Bentley released his eighth studio album, Riser. He celebrated the release with a performance in an intimate setting for press and contest winners at the iHeartRadio studio in lower Manhattan.
Radio personality and DJ Bobby Bones hosted the event and introduced Dierks to the stage. Bobby briefly interviewed Dierks, who was casually dressed in a t-shirt and jeans with a leather jacket, about the new album. Bentley explained that Riser is his most personal work he has put out. He told the audience that the album and title track is about how he had a tough year in 2013 with his father passing in June, but when his third child was born in October he brought such happiness into his life.
For the first half hour he mainly performed songs off the new album so that the audience and everyone watching and listening in on iHeartRadio could experience the songs together for the first time. After singing “Riser” he picked up the pace with a song titled “Drunk on a Plane,” which Bentley explained is about a groom being left at the alter and having non-refundable tickets to Cancun so he goes alone. After that song Bobby Bones joined Dierks on the stage to compliment the audience on knowing every word to a song only released that day.
Dierks then sang his current single “I Hold On,” which reached number 5 on the charts and is continuing to skyrocket to the top. Then, dedicating his next song to our troops, he sang a heartfelt version of ”Home.” Of course Dierks had to add some of his old hits into his performance, singing “What Was I Thinking” along with a cover of the current Avicii hit “Hey Brother.
Once the live streaming event was over Dierks was not ready to go home just yet. Bentley then performed some oldies for his biggest fans such as “Am I the Only One,” “Free and Easy” and “Come a Little Closer”. The crowd was so happy to hear their favorites and sang along with every word.
To close the show, Dierks told the audience that he hopes to see them out on tour this summer before performing “Lot of Leavin’ Left to Do”.
The hour performance was a great way to promote the new album across the country as a part of the iHeartRadio Live Series.