Women in Music 2016

Bentley Offers Love Songs, 'Guy' Songs On New Album

Shedding his neo-traditional label one song at a time, country singer Dierks Bentley says his third album, "Long Trip Alone," is a snapshot in time. The set is due Oct. 17 via Capitol Nashville.

Shedding his neo-traditional label one song at a time, country singer Dierks Bentley says his third album, "Long Trip Alone," is a snapshot in time. The set is due Oct. 17 via Capitol Nashville.

"I have certain ideas musically that continue to evolve so all of that is reflected on this record," Bentley tells Billboard.com. "I think sonically it falls somewhere between Waylon [Jennings] and U2, maybe. There are definitely some bigger songs on there that take love and expound on that subject. And there's some good Waylon groove stuff on there as well. I call them 'guy songs.' Songs that guys like myself want to drink beer to and hang out and listen to country music."

Appealing to both guys and gals has been the secret to Bentley's platinum success over the past few years. Bentley, who got married in 2005, explores relationships from a range of perspectives on the new album, from the inspirational title track to the Jerry Reed-esque "Band of Brothers" and the fun love song "That Don't Make It Easy Loving Me."

The 30-year-old artist is also looking forward to the release of his debut DVD, "Live and Loud at the Fillmore," recorded this past summer in Denver and due in late 2006 or early 2007.

"Live DVDs are so awesome," Bentley says. "I think they're kind of the new live records, and it's more appealing than just hearing a live record. This is one of the proudest things I've ever done. It looks so different from any other country DVD out there. The editing really matches what I feel is the intensity of the show. Its quick-paced [with] cool lighting." The track list includes new material and a cover of Waylon Jenning's "I Ain't Living Long Like This."

Bentley is about to return to familiar stomping grounds on tour. He says over the past four years, he's toured more than anyone else, including 250 dates last year and an expected 160 shows in 2006. But after opening big arena tours for Kenny Chesney and George Strait, Bentley will finally be a headliner on a trek that begins Friday (Sept. 29) in Jonesboro, Ark.

"I feel like we earned it but we have a long way to go," Bentley says. "But it all depends on how well this tour does this fall. If this doesn't do well, I don't know ... I don't have a plan B."