Dierks Bentley released what may very well be his magnum opus two years ago when he released Up on the Ridge. Still a relatively young performer, he could not simply rest on those laurels for very long. This meant he would have to make a choice as to what kind of country artist he wanted to be in the future. In 2012, he has released the album Home and continued the Country and Cold Cans tour he began last years. The album took him down the most difficult path of all, playing part artist and part star. Critics have commended the album and fans have responded by rushing to the stadium with Dierks Bentley tickets to catch a leg of his latest tour.
The album has a little something for everyone. It has the classic sounds of country albums in the pre-Garth Brooks, it has the nostalgic two-step rock that took country platinum, and it has the edgier stuff that is bringing in a little more rock and roll in the form of blue grass. Dierks, as a songwriter and a performer, has learned to strike the perfect balance in his work. The title track, a patriotic ode, manages to squeeze every bit of sentiment out of the lyrics without crossing over to pandering. In a couple decades this may very well be reclassified as his best album thanks to the kind of balance he and his producer are able to maintain.
While Home is a work of precision, the Country and Cold Cans Tour is a work of fun. Earlier in the summer, the Dierks Bentley tickets were being distributed for a leg of college campuses. Dubbed his college reunion, the concerts were rocking and demonstrated just how big of a crowd this artist can attract (these were SEC football stadiums!). The tour continues in the post-grad world, finishing up on November 16, 2012 in Biloxi, Mississippi after a year full of festivals and football stadiums.