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First impression: Dierks Bentley – Somewhere on a Beach

The country star releases the first track from his new album Black.

Dierks Bentley
Credit: Capitol Records Nashville

Dierks Bentley has been entertaining country music fans for the past 16 years and he never fails to garner attention when he releases new music. Yesterday Dierks unveiled his new single Somewhere on a Beach, his first since 2015’s Riser, which is the lead single from his forthcoming studio album Black.

Written by Michael Tyler, Jaron Boyer, Alex Palmer, Dave Kuncio and Josh Mirenda, Somewhere on a Beach is produced by Ross Copperman. Lyrically the song feels like a worthy sequel to 2014 single Drunk on a Plane, taken from Dierks’ seventh studio album Riser. Musically it’s not a million miles away from what you’d expect from the singer but it has that undeniable charm that all of his songs have.

The lighter feel of Somewhere on a Beach is likely to be a rarity when Black is released. The album is said to be an exploration of Dierks’ relationship with his wife Cassidy Black taking listeners through the ups and downs. Somewhere on a Beach suggests that narratively the song will sit early on in the album with its soulful groove finding the singer moving on from a woman that broke his heart.

Yesterday Dierks performed the song live on TV for the first time on The Ellen Show entertaining the largely female audience and mingling with them during his performance. Somewhere on a Beach has what it takes to be a major radio hit and it’s a strong release from one of the hardest working stars in country music. The only problem is that it makes me long for a day at the beach and given that the temperature is near freezing here in the UK, that’s not going to be happening for us any time soon.

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