Up on the Ridge

Up on the Ridge

by Dierks Bentley


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Dierks Bentley drifted into predictability on his fourth album Feel That Fire, so his detour into progressive bluegrass on 2010's Up on the Ridge is a bit of shock. Ditching much of the polish and precision that encumbered Feel That Fire, Bentley strips back to acoustics and brings in a host of guests, notably the Punch Brothers, who play on a quarter of the album, Miranda Lambert, Kris Kristofferson, and Del McCoury, whose keening voice soars on a cover of U2's "Pride (In the Name of Love)." The very presence of a U2 song suggests that this is not a traditional bluegrass album, either in its content -- Bentley balances a sharp version of "n' Gambler" with a terrific rearrangement of Bob Dylan's "Senor (Tales of Yankee Power)" -- or in its approach, as he sometimes puts picking in the backseat, letting the instruments strum sweetly as he croons. These cuts may not have the snap of classic bluegrass, but they do give Up on the Ridge a sense of country crossover, illustrating that Bentley is shrewd enough to walk the line between commercial and artistic concerns, but the best testament to his skill arrives on numbers like the loping, bluesy "Bad Angel" (the Lambert duet), the sprightly "You're Dead to Me," and flinty, funny "Bottle to the Bottom" (with Kristofferson), songs that draw from tradition with a modern sensibility, illustrating Bentley's skillful synthesis of past and present.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/08/2010
Label: Capitol
UPC: 5099968541026
catalogNumber: 85410

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dierks Bentley   Primary Artist
Alison Krauss   Vocal Harmony
Sam Bush   Fiddle,Mandolin,Vocal Harmony
Larry Atamanuik   Percussion,Drums
Mike Bub   Bass,Acoustic Bass
Stuart Duncan   Fiddle,Cello,Octave Fiddle
John Gardner   Percussion,Drums
Vince Gill   Vocal Harmony
Rob Ickes   Dobro,Weissenborn
Rob McCoury   Banjo
Ronnie McCoury   Mandolin,Mandola
Tim O'Brien   Mandolin,Vocal Harmony
Scott Vestal   Banjo
Jon Randall Stewart   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Bass,Electric Guitar,Vocal Harmony
Chris Thile   Mandolin,Vocal Harmony
Sonya Isaacs   Vocal Harmony
Randy Kohrs   Weissenborn
Gabe Witcher   Fiddle,Vocal Harmony
Bryan Sutton   Acoustic Guitar,Guitar (Resonator)
Noam Pikelny   Banjo
Guthrie Trapp   Electric Guitar
Chris Eldridge   Acoustic Guitar
Chris Stapleton   Vocal Harmony
Paul Kowert   Bass
Jason Carter   Fiddle
Glen Worff   Bass

Technical Credits

Kris Kristofferson   Composer
Verlon Thompson   Composer
Bob Dylan   Composer
Dave Evans   Composer
Julie Miller   Composer
Shawn Camp   Composer
Adam Clayton   Composer
Buddy Miller   Composer
Larry Mullen   Composer
Tim O'Brien   Composer
Gary Paczosa   Engineer
John Scott Sherrill   Composer
Jon Randall Stewart   Producer
Jon Randall   Composer
Paul Hewson   Composer
Jeff Austin   Composer
Dierks Bentley   Composer
Joanna Carter   Art Direction
Sanwook "Sunny" Nam   Mastering Associate
Paul Kennedy   Composer
Suzi Ragsdale   Composer
Brandon Bell   Engineer
John Randall   Composer

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