Clearly a George Strait acolyte, newcomer Dierks Bentley comes out of the gate with a skewed, Strait-like sense of humor on the chugging album opener, "What Was I Thinkin' " and gets eerily close to the Texas troubadour's smooth way with a love ballad on the tenderhearted "I Can Only Think of You." Bentley, who co-wrote most of the songs on his debut album, reveals his way with words, his thoughtful perspective on the world, and his traditionalist's sensibility, musical and otherwise. The straightforward ballad "My Last Name" finds him reflecting on the achievements of previous generations and vowing to uphold the family honor, as rustic fiddles and acoustic guitars provide a keening counterpoint. But Bentley never lets things get too heavy: "Bartenders, Etc." is a rousing honky-tonk tribute to the booze-laden site of his nightly antics, while the propulsive "I Bought the Shoes" takes a rather sardonic look at a high-maintenance woman who walked out on him wearing footwear purchased with his credit card. Closing out on a high note, Bentley makes the most of the Del McCoury Band's guest appearance on "Train Travelin'," a moody, mid-tempo homage to the joys of riding the steel rail, supported by the McCoury fellows' high-lonesome harmonies and steady-rolling rhythm, which suggests a host of boxcars rumbling restlessly through the night. There's lots of meat on this bone, and it's a fine way to kick off what should be an interesting career.
Performance CreditsDierks Bentley Primary Artist
Del McCoury Background Vocals
Glen Duncan Fiddle
Terry Eldredge Background Vocals
Steve Brewster Drums
Jimmy Carter Bass
J.T. Corenflos Electric Guitar
Rob McCoury Banjo
Ronnie McCoury Background Vocals
Russ Pahl Banjo,Steel Guitar
Russell Terrell Background Vocals
Randy Kohrs Dobro
Bryan Sutton Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Mandolin
Lona Heid Background Vocals
Wes Hightower Background Vocals
Shad Cobb Fiddle
Rusty Danmyer Steel Guitar
James Mitchell Electric Guitar
Mike Bud Bass
Steven Sheehan Acoustic Guitar
Jason Carter Fiddle
Mike Johnson Dobro,Steel Guitar
Technical CreditsJulie Miller Composer
Harley Allen Composer
Brett Beavers Composer,Producer
Steve Bogard Composer
Buddy Miller Composer
Ken Mellons Composer
Deric Ruttan Composer
Dale Dodson Composer
Denise Jarvis Producer
Luke Wooten Engineer
Dierks Bentley Composer
Joanna Carter Art Direction
Michelle Hall Producer
Jimmy Melton Composer
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Dierks Bentley based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
I like What Was I Thinkin... but I love this CD. There are so many songs I like even better than the first single. His voice is fresh and a welcome change to some of what's getting old and overplayed on country radio. Buy this! You won't regret it.
I haven't listened to the whole album yet, but What Was I Thinkin' and My Last Name rock! Everyone should hear them at least once.
I was a fan of the "what was I thinking" before I heard the albumn and I am now a "fanatic". He is the real thing as I had a chance to catch him on the Grand Ole Opry this weekend live, great performer and a down home, down-to-earth guy
He is my favorite male country artist, His cd is one of my top favorites. He has a great voice. I got to see him in concert and it was alot of fun. And I got to meet him after and he was nice. I also got to meet his bass player Michelle Poe, And she also sang her song just one of the boys at the concert, she has a great voice and just one of the boys is a great song , i love it. I hope her cd comes out soon.
I bought this CD because I love "What Was I Thinkin' ". After, I listened to it, every song is amazing. My CDs usually come out of my CD player within a week or so, but Dierks has been in it for a month now. This CD will not let you down.
Dierks has an amazing gift, his attitude and perspective on things is gonna keep is career going strong. He is going to be around for awhile!