A little over two years after his last album, Dierks Bentley will release his newest major label release this February.
“Riser,” Bentley’s seventh album on Capitol Nashville, will see a Feb. 25 release, Radio.com confirms. The album is his first since 2012’s “Home,” which shot to the top of the Country Albums chart after its February release.
In an interview with Billboard last July, the country star said that he “didn’t want to cover any ground that I had covered before,” opting to make the album “a little more moody,” plus “heavier and a little darker.”
In a release, Bentley said he was in a “place of grief” when he started the project, mainly due to the passing of his father. “But over the course of the next 18 months, my wife and I had our son Knox, and I ended in a place of real joy and gratefulness,” he said. “Both sides of that coin are what country music has always been about, and I hope that my fans can feel how much of myself I put into this project. It’s all out on the table, for sure.”
The singer also released the album’s cover, a simple number featuring Bentley staring straight ahead against a light background, on Instagram.
Thus far, the album has charted two singles on the Hot Country Songs chart. First single “Bourbon in Kentucky,” which features backing vocals from artist-of-the-now Kacey Musgraves, hit No. 40, while current single “I Hold On” has peaked at No. 22, also charting inside the Hot 100 at No. 94.
With “Riser,” Bentley will be looking for his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200, previously peaking at No. 3 with 2009’s “Feel the Fire.”