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TJ Mayes - "When Love Comes Down"

’50s era rock ’n’ roll had been long overdue for a rebirth. Thankfully, the stockpile of capable luminaries has not been in short supply over the past few years. 

07/23/2014 | Comments 0

Boare - "playdatshit"

The world is in the midst of an electronic music renaissance, and you find most of this boon of producers laying claim to the club-friendly, bass-dropping variety, holing up in the the free-flowing world of hip-hop beatmaking or pitching their tent on the out-there, boundary-pushing EDM camp.
07/23/2014 | Comments 0

Broncho - "Class Historian"

Broncho has never been hurting in the hook department. The success of the trio’s 2011 debut, Can’t Get Past the Lips, was predicated mostly on its ability to marry melodies with kinetic guitar riffs and anarchic energy. Yet we’ve heard nothing to the degree of pure pop catchiness on display in “Class Historian,” the new single from Broncho’s upcoming sophomore album, Just Enough Hip to Be Woman.
07/23/2014 | Comments 0

Manmade Objects - Monuments

No one wants to be forgotten; everyone wants some sort of legacy, a mark they leave behind as they exit this life for whatever lies beyond.

And for as long as there has been death, there have been monuments — whether austere or understated, abstract or concrete, prominent or tucked away in private — erected by the ones they loved to assure that remembrance, at least for a time.
07/15/2014 | Comments 0

Admirals - Amidst the Blue

Sometimes it helps to not be very good.

Some of the best albums and artists were born out of happy accidents owed to varying degrees of early suckage — the perfect note or chord for a song found by missing the one you are aiming for, failed mimicry of an idol bearing something entirely new and great instead.

07/09/2014 | Comments 0
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Dierks Bentley steps out of comfort zone with collaborative, acclaimed album

Alanna Conaway September 10th, 2009

Dierks Bentley hit the country music scene in 2003 with his debut, "What Was I Thinkin'," which scored the Phoenix native an immediate fan base worldwide, as well as his first No. 1 single. Six ...


Dierks Bentley hit the country music scene in 2003 with his debut, "What Was I Thinkin'," which scored the Phoenix native an immediate fan base worldwide, as well as his first No. 1 single. Six more No. 1s soon followed, including "Lot of Leavin' Left to Do," "Free and Easy (Down the Road I Go)" and "Every Mile a Memory."

His current single, "I Wanna Make You Close Your Eyes," is the third release off his latest album, February's "Feel That Fire," his most critically acclaimed work yet. With the 12-track disc, Bentley ventured out of his comfort zone by collaborating with iconic songwriters like Rodney Crowell, Rivers Rutherford, Radney Foster, Jim Lauderdale and The Warren Brothers.

"I don't know how we're going to top this one," Bentley said. "A lot of time went into making this thing because I wanted this to be our best piece of work. I didn't know how to get there, but I knew that we just had to try and put a lot of time into it."

The album's first two singles " "Feel That Fire" and "Sideways" " became back-to-back, multiweek No. 1 hits for Bentley, helping push the singer's album sales to 71,000 units its first week out. Beyond topping the country albums chart, "Feel That Fire" crossed over and netted Bentley a No. 3 slot on the all-genre Billboard Top 200 chart.

"The ultimate goal with the record was just to make something that was fun. I wanted the regular person to grab the CD and put it in their car and go, 'Wow, that's a really fun record,'" Bentley said. "Later, they can go through and hear more of the depth in a song like 'Pray,' that might help them through a hard time, or 'Beautiful World' to help inspire somebody, or 'Better Believer,' which is a song for spiritual strength." 

Bentley, who will perform 8 p.m. Thursday at the Riverwind Casino in Norman, has a reputation as one of country music's most prolific touring artists. That makes his time away from home and his family " wife Cassidy and infant daughter Evie " exceptionally hard.

"Obviously, being on the road and having Evie home is tough. I love being out here, but I always miss the girls and look forward to getting back to see them when I get home," he said. "Everyday with Evie, there's a major development, whether it's a new sound she is making or a new thing she is doing with her hands. Everyday there is something new going on, so I hate missing all of that.

"It's nice to have the technology we have today with Skype and iCameras. That really helps out a lot."

Dierks Bentley performs at 8 p.m. Thursday at Riverwind Casino, 1544 W. State Highway 9 in Norman. "Alanna Conaway

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