Dierks Bentley is one of country music’s hottest stars right now. He was recently nominated for two CMT Music Awards and will perform on iHeartRadio Country Festival on May 27 (8pm on NBC). He’s known for fun songs like Drunk on a Plane but has revealed his more serious side with singles like Riser.
Bentley recently spoke to Glamour about Riser and how he “rose up” after he lost his father. Bentley said, “When my dad passed away, Bono actually wrote me a letter. He said, ‘I don’t know how close or far away you were, but it’s just a stinker.’” Bentley thought that was a great word for it. He elaborated: “There are so many worse things happening in the world right now, so your dad passing away in his 80s? But still, it’s just a stinker. My dad was with me for my first ACM win, and now I’m nominated for seven and the song “Riser,” but in the end my son was born, so it’s this full-circle-of-life thing. I think perspective is the key because if you’re lucky, that’s the order it happens in.” Dierks Bentley will kick-off a 42-city tour this summer in Raleigh, NC on June 5.