Long Trip Alone
Label: Capitol Nashville
Dierks Bentley hits his stride on Long Trip Alone, not only as a country singer, but as a songwriter (he co-wrote all 11 tunes here) and musician. The narrative alone on the honky-tonkin' "That Don't Make It Easy Loving Me" is hit worthy. As he unravels confessions of his rock star life (enjoying everything from groupies to the "fruit" of outlaw horticulture with Willie Nelson in his tour bus), you get the sense that Bentley isn't going to be living the suburban khaki slacks-and-minivan-life any time soon. "Soon As You Can" is living proof that a love song can rock (dig that outro jam).