Up on the Ridge

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Up on the Ridge
Studio album by Dierks Bentley
Released June 8, 2010 (2010-06-08)
Genre Country, bluegrass
Length 43:32
Label Capitol Nashville
Producer Jon Randall Stewart
Dierks Bentley chronology
Feel That Fire
(2009)
Up on the Ridge
(2010)
Home
(2012)
Singles from Up on the Ridge
  1. "Up on the Ridge"
    Released: April 12, 2010
  2. "Draw Me a Map"
    Released: August 23, 2010

Up on the Ridge is the fifth studio album by American country music artist Dierks Bentley. It was released on June 8, 2010 via Capitol Records Nashville. It produced two singles on the Hot Country Songs chart in 2010.

Content[edit]

Unlike Bentley's previous work, Up on the Ridge is a bluegrass-influenced album, mixed with country and Americana.[1] It features many collaborations, including The Del McCoury Band, Alison Krauss, Chris Thile, and Miranda Lambert. Via his website, Bentley explained the reason behind Up on the Ridge, saying: “This album won’t come as a surprise to my hard core fans, they've asked me: ‘when are you going to make a bluegrass record?’ And I was just waiting for the right time. I didn’t want this to be ‘Dierks Bentley and friends’ or a ‘Dierks does bluegrass’ kind of album. I wanted each song to have something special about it, and in the end I think each song really does have its own thing going on.”[2]

In an interview with Billboard Magazine, Capitol Records Nashville president and CEO Mike Dungan commented on Up on the Ridge saying that "The album was supposed to be a side project, but it's grown into something much more....He had a real sense of direction and made a vehicle for people to hopefully discover this music".[3]

Singles[edit]

The title track is the first single from this album and was sent to radio stations on April 12,[2] and debuted at #59 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for the week of May 1, 2010. The song later peaked at #21 in late July 2010, making it the first single of Bentley's career to miss the Top 20 and the second to miss the Top 10, after My Last Name (from his self titled debut album) at No.17 in 2003. The second single from the album, "Draw Me a Map," was released to country radio on August 23, 2010. It was even less successful than the title track, with a peak of #33, becoming his second-lowest charting single to date, after "Bourbon in Kentucky" from his album Riser, which peaked at #40 on Hot Country Songs and #45 on the Country Airplay chart.

Promotion[edit]

To promote his new album, Bentley started his Up on the Ridge Tour. The 24 show tour began in Portland, Oregon on April 21, 2010, and it continued through May 22, 2010 where it ended in Nashville, Tennessee.[4]

Bentley also premiered the title song, and first single, on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on April 27, 2010.[5]

Reception[edit]

Commercial[edit]

The album debuted at number nine on the U.S. Billboard 200, number two on the U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums chart, and at number one on the U.S. Billboard Bluegrass Albums chart, selling nearly 39,000 copies in its first week of release.[6] As of February 12, 2012, the album sold 244,000 copies in the US.[7]

Critical[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[8]
American Songwriter 3.5/5 stars[9]
Billboard (favorable)[10]
Country Weekly 4.5/5 stars[11]
PopMatters 8/10 stars[12]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[13]
Slant Magazine 4.5/5 stars[14]
Engine 145 3.5/5 stars[15]

Upon its release, Up on the Ridge received generally positive reviews from most music critics.[16] At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 80, based on 7 reviews, which indicates "generally favorable reviews".[16]

Jessica Phillips with Country Weekly magazine rated the album four and a half stars out of five. She praised the sound of the album, saying that it "is built on a bedrock of bluegrass sensibility, but is colored by Dierks' various country, rock and folk influences."[11] Jonathan Keefe with Slant Magazine also rated the album with four and a half out of five stars, commenting that the album's "overall aesthetic... proves Bentley's deep respect for— and his legitimate, intuitive understanding of— country traditions, even as he uses those traditions in forward-thinking, progressive ways."[14]

Stephen Thomas Erlewine with Allmusic gave it four stars, and said it wasn't a traditional bluegrass album, saying "The very presence of a U2 song suggests that this is not a traditional bluegrass album, either in its content -- or in its approach, as he sometimes puts picking in the backseat, letting the instruments strum sweetly as he croons."[8] Wade Jessen with Billboard called it "a thrilling ride from start to finish" and called the track "Down in the Mine" "the standout track".[10]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Up on the Ridge"   Bentley, Angelo Petraglia 3:34
2. "Fallin' for You"   Shawn Camp, Paul Kennerley 3:44
3. "Señor (Tales of Yankee Power)" (with The Punch Brothers featuring Chris Thile) Bob Dylan 3:24
4. "Rovin' Gambler" (with The Punch Brothers) Bentley, Jon Randall Stewart 2:34
5. "Draw Me a Map"   Bentley, Stewart 3:31
6. "Bad Angel" (featuring Miranda Lambert and Jamey Johnson) Verlon Thompson, Suzi Ragsdale 4:04
7. "Fiddlin' Around"   John Scott Sherrill, Camp, Jeff Austin 3:08
8. "You're Dead to Me"   Bentley, Stewart, Tim O'Brien 3:19
9. "Pride (In The Name Of Love)" (with The Punch Brothers featuring Del McCoury) Adam Clayton, Larry Mullen, Dave Evans, Paul David Hewson 4:09
10. "Love Grows Wild"   Julie Miller, Buddy Miller 2:48
11. "Bottle to the Bottom" (featuring Kris Kristofferson) Kristofferson 4:16
12. "Down in the Mine"   Bentley, Stewart 5:01

Personnel[edit]

Chart performance[edit]

Album[edit]

Chart (2010) Peak
position
Year-end
2010
US Billboard 200 9[17] 197[18]
US Billboard Top Bluegrass Albums 1[17] 1[19]
US Billboard Top Country Albums 2[17] 39[20]

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart
positions
US Country US
[21]
2010 "Up on the Ridge" 21 99
"Draw Me a Map" 33 108

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bentley’s at home up on the ridge with new CD". dailyprogress.com. 2010-04-30. Retrieved 2010-05-04. 
  2. ^ a b "Dierks Bentley To Release His Bluegrass-Influenced Fifth Studio Album UP ON THE RIDGE on June 8, 2010". dierks.com. 2010-04-06. Retrieved 2010-05-03. 
  3. ^ Lipshutz, Jason (2010-05-25). "Dierks Bentley: Summer Album Preview 2010". Billboard. Retrieved 2010-05-26. 
  4. ^ "'UP ON THE RIDGE' Tour Featuring The Travelin' McCourys and Special Guest Hayes Carll". dierks.com. 2010-03-15. Retrieved 2010-05-03. 
  5. ^ "'Dierks Bentley To Debut Title Track From New Album UP ON THE RIDGE On The Tonight Show With Jay Leno On Tuesday, April 27". dierks.com. 2010-04-25. Retrieved 2010-05-03. 
  6. ^ Caulfield, Keith (2010-06-16). "'Glee' Rises Past 'Twilight' To Top Billboard 200". Billboard. Retrieved 2010-10-12. 
  7. ^ "Dierks Bentley Returns 'Home' to Country". Billboard. Retrieved February 12, 2012. 
  8. ^ a b Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Up On the Ridge - Dierks Bentley". Allmusic. Retrieved 2010-10-12. 
  9. ^ Bockelman, Andy (2010-06-08). "Dierks Bentley: Up on the Ridge". American Songwriter. Retrieved 2010-10-12. 
  10. ^ a b Jessen, Wade (2010-06-25). "Dierks Bentley, "Up on the Ridge"". Billboard. Retrieved 2010-10-12. 
  11. ^ a b Phillips, Jessica (2010-05-28). "Up on the Ridge : Dierks Bentley - Reviews - Country Weekly Magazine". Country Weekly. Retrieved 2010-10-12. 
  12. ^ Irwin, Michael (2010-08-17). "Dierks Bentley: Up on the Ridge < PopMatters". PopMatters. Retrieved 2010-10-12. 
  13. ^ Rosen, Jody (2010-06-08). "Up on the Ridge by Dierks Bentley". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2010-10-12. 
  14. ^ a b Keefe, Jonathan (2010-05-31). "Dierks Bentley:Up on the Ridge". Slant. Retrieved 2010. 
  15. ^ Boldt, Blake. "Album Review: Dierks Bentley – Up On the Ridge". Engine 145. Retrieved 1 July 2010. 
  16. ^ a b "Up On The Ridge Reviews, Ratings, Credits, and More at Metacritic". Metacritic. Retrieved 2010-10-12. 
  17. ^ a b c "Chart listing for Up on the Ridge". Billboard. Retrieved 2010-10-18. 
  18. ^ "Best of 2010 - Billboard Top 200". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. Retrieved 2010-12-31. 
  19. ^ "Best of 2010 - Top Bluegrass Albums". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. Retrieved 2010-12-31. 
  20. ^ "Best of 2010 - Top Country Albums". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. Retrieved 2010-12-31. 
  21. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2011). Top Pop Singles 1955–2010. Record Research, Inc. p. 76. ISBN 0-89820-188-8.