"Making THE MOUNTAIN with my fellow songwriters and musicians was such a creatively inspiring journey and it’s been so gratifying to share the culmination of that effort with the fans in the last few days,” said Bentley. "To see people genuinely connecting with the music in the way they have is the ultimate reward. Thank you to my collaborators and thank you to the fans for opening their hearts to this album. I love that these songs are making good traveling companions."
As Bentley's momentum rolls with THE MOUNTAIN, critics continue to praise "the introspective new album," (The Tennessean).
"Marks one of the most joyful, brazen, and cohesive collections of his career." - Entertainment Weekly
“The best representation of all his skills, from being a true fan of acoustic instruments like the mandolin and banjo, to raising a glass to his partying crowds and delivering arena-sized anthems." - Associated Press
"Echoes the inspiring majesty of the Rockies. The Mumford & Sons-esque 'Woman, Amen' abounds with energy, while Brothers Osborne add flair to the rollicking 'Burning Man.' The simmering title-track and the rootsy, jubilant standout 'Travelin' Light’ exude organic authenticity." - PEOPLE Magazine
"Bentley moves so effortlessly between radio-friendly country, bluegrass and rock on his new album that his skill becomes impressive and his serenity becomes contagious. Bentley seems unflappable as he tackles a variety of styles and topics, from the seductive 'Nothing on But the Stars' to the good-natured breakup in 'Goodbye in Telluride.'" - Newsday
"Grapples with the low points of everyday existence, even when it's conjuring mental images of the sun-bleached bacchanalia Burning Man. It's full of gratitude for the past while reminding listeners that final moments can trigger new beginnings." -Rolling Stone
“THE MOUNTAIN is a bit heavier, more contemplative and — surprise — completely devoid of ditties. Yet it is not without its joyful moments, and a positive spirit imbues the tracks." - Billboard
Reaching a new creative high, Bentley co-wrote 10 of the album’s 13 new tracks that are unified by themes of presence and positivity, and range in style from textured rock to acoustic folk, feeling both rooted and expansive at the same time. The Arizona native has amassed more than one billion digital streams, countless additional nominations from the ACM, CMA and Billboard Music Awards while earning 13 GRAMMY nominations – including at least one stemming from each of his last six albums. Bentley will continue to bring an "energy-packed atmosphere" (Washington Post) to venues and amphitheaters on his 2018 MOUNTAIN HIGH TOUR throughout the summer. For more information and a list of upcoming tour dates visit www.dierks.com.