SINGLE REVIEW: Dierks Bentley – ‘Woman, Amen’

What do you think when you think Dierks Bentley? Getting drunk, sexy voice, deathly handsome? Well… yes, but Dierks is really shaking this stereotype male country artists have, that they only sing about tailgate booty shakers. First it was ‘Different for Girls’ and now it’s ‘Woman, Amen’ and woah(!) what a song it is. Dierks is repaving the path for the country men today and setting an example that they don’t have to be hard, strong, emotionless speciemens.

From the get go, you just know what an anthem this track is going to be, I mean, there’s chanting. Along with the rolling guitars and hearty drums, Bentley comes in instantly vulnerable with his lyrics, “I’d lose my way and I’d lose my mind, if I faced one day on my own.” As an ode to his wife, this heart-wrenchingly  romantic song explains how his wife has saved him after he’s been broken so many times. I mean what kind of a lyric is “I need all the cracks in my shattered heart, cause that’s where her love gets in”, it gives me goosebumps goddamit, maybe we should all go out and get our hearts broken, that way we create space for the luurrrve!

Written with Josh Kear and Ross Copperman, two of Nashville’s biggest songwriters, both of whom penned hits such as Lady Antebellum’s ‘Need You Now’ and Keith Urban’s ‘John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16’. ‘Woman, Amen’ is destined to be a smash and by gosh does country music need it. If more of the dudes release songs like this, maybe it will help us get out of the stupidity that is the infamous ‘tomato gate’.

It does seem like Dierks is taking this new album ‘The Mountain’ in a slightly different direction; there is more of a folk vibe going on. ‘Woman, Amen’ alone seems it’s taken inspiration from the likes of Mumford and Sons. It’s destined to bring up the whole ‘it’s not country’ debate, but personally, I’m loving the new ‘Drifter’ Dierks, anyone else? Ladies, just look at that beard! I suppose we’ll find out when ‘The Mountain’ is slated for release in Spring 2018, but for now, let’s enjoy ‘Woman, Amen’, because it’s just stunning. Dierks Bentley, I bow to you.

Shannon Hynes