On May 28, Dierks Bentley released “Bourbon in Kentucky,” the lead off single for his upcoming album, “Riser.” The new album, due out this fall, is a musical diary of resilience and perseverance forged from the difficult year Dierks Bentley has had since losing his father to illness last June.
Now, just four days before the anniversary of his father’s death, Dierks Bentley has released the first single, as well as a short behind-the-scenes video. As Dierks Bentley sings the first lines about a lost relationship, “There ain’t enough bourbon in Kentucky for me to forget you. There ain’t enough matches I could strike to set afire the memory of you” in his magnetic baritone voice, listeners are instantly pulled into the story.
As the song continues with, “There ain’t enough kisses from a stranger on a long wild night, to ever make it alright if it ain’t you… In my arms, in my bed, to hell with all the rest, once you’ve had the best, nothing else will do. What’s the use” the addition of Kacey Musgraves gives the lyrics another direction to go.
Whether a listener is moved by “Bourbon in Kentucky” because of the loss of a loved one, or because of a failed romantic relationship, great lyrics such as, “There ain’t enough bourbon in Kentucky for me to forget you…bottles I could drink to make ‘em feel as empty as I do,” will help them express the very angst that drew Dierks Bentley to the song.
Dierks stated, “I love the angst of it, the aggressive lonesomeness of it.” In the video clip he shared, fans can certainly see the emotion of the song as Dierks Bentley pours his heart into the microphone. Since the song will mean different things to different people, it will be interesting to see what is done creatively when an official video is shot.
For now, fans can enjoy the teaser video via Rolling Stone, or hear the “Bourbon in Kentucky” in its entirety when they tweet the song’s release via Dierks Bentley’s home page.
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