Dierks Bentley hosted the premiere screening of his new documentary ‘Riser’ at the Rock’n Horse Saloon in Toronto on February 11th and we were lucky enough to score a couple of passes!
This was the first time Dierks had seen the film in full and the first time it was viewed by an audience (that wasn’t record executives or industry folks).
Dierks introduced the documentary and then sat down to watch it with all of us. He was noticeably nervous and after watching the documentary, we can see why. The film was honest, Dierks didn’t hold anything back.
The film starts with Dierks in his late model pickup truck (the same truck he and his father drove when he moved out to Nashville to follow his dream) driving into a remote open field in the Tennessee country side. He talks about how his life has changed over the last 2 years and how it shaped the sound we can expect to hear on his new album.
His wife is pregnant with his first son, he lost his father and he candidly speaks about the rigors of balancing a family life at home and the obligations of being a touring country superstar (our words not his!)
Dierks takes us on an all access tour of his home life, tour life and the recording process for Riser all the while relating the importance of life events that shape the music we all love. We get to see a behind-the-scenes look at the sacrifices and tough choices our favourite musicians make between the life on the road and their own families. Dierks shares private moments with his sweet daughters and he and Cassidy let viewers in on the special moments leading up to their son Knox’s birth.
One of our favourite scenes was of Dierks and his band celebrating 1 million miles on their bus, Old Goldie. They break out into a road side rendition of ‘Every Mile a Memory’!
The documentary gives fans a glimpse at the songs on Riser and from the snippets we heard, we don’t think Dierks fans will be disappointed. At one point, Miranda Lambert makes a cameo to explain that she was most excited to hear Dierks put the song “Pretty Girls and Tallboys” on the album, and now she just has to push him to release it as a single. Any song that comes highly recommended by Miranda Lambert is automatically a good song in our books.
After the doc, Dierks took the stage to answer a few Q&A’s. Dierks was really interested to see what each and everyone in the room thought. Dierks, we all loved it!
Then he took the stage to sing a few tunes. He didn’t have a set in mind, just shouted out to the crowd to ask what we all wanted to hear:
- Drunk on a Plane (from Riser!)
- Settle for a Slow Down
- Every Mile a Memory
- I Hold On
Dierks was gracious, humble, talented and a true gentleman. The film is a must watch for any country fan that will lend sentimental and emotional context to Dierks new sound.
Dierks Bentley is set to release his eighth studio album entitled Riser on February 25th.
Fans can catch the documentary on CMT!
Stay tuned for a contest to win a Dierks autographed Faster Horses Festival program coming soon!!