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Dierks Bentley

'Drift' Away

Dierks"Modern Day Drifter" is not just the title of Dierks Bentley's new album, it is also his lifestyle. The up-and-coming country artist is homeless, albeit by choice.

Bentley spends so many days on the road -- 300 last year -- that he has given up his Nashville houseboat to live with his band on the tour bus he refers to as the "USS Petri Dish." When he spent 10 days here recording his new Capitol album last fall, Bentley slept in the studio.

Bentley, the Academy of Country Music's reigning top new artist, thinks it is that road work that has built his fan base. Thus, he'll keep up the pace for the new album, which streets May 10. "I feel like all the hard work of the last couple of years will get a good thing started so maybe next year we can cut back a little bit on playing every county in the country," he says.

"Modern Day Drifter" was produced by Brett Beavers and features sparse production, bluegrass instrumentation and a collaboration with the Del McCoury Band. Bentley also enlisted Alison Krauss to sing on a track. First single "Lot of Leavin' Left to Do" is No. 11 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart.