Gravel & Gold

Gravel & Gold

by Dierks Bentley
Gravel & Gold

Gravel & Gold

by Dierks Bentley

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Dierks Bentley treats Gravel & Gold as something of a victory lap, celebrating the 20th anniversary of his 2003 debut album by demonstrating all the different kinds of country music he can do. Gravel & Gold is anchored with the kind of surging, arena-filling country that is his signature, but Bentley finds plenty of space for poignant ballads, bluegrass, and jokes where part of the pleasure is that you see the punchline coming. Bentley knows how to deliver clever spins on country cliches, such as the weary travelogue of "Heartbreak Drinking Tour" or when turning a tune about a truck into a love song. Bentley doesn't shy away from the fact that he's serving up a familiar recipe: he opens the album with "Same Ole Me," an acknowledgment that there are effectively no surprises on Gravel & Gold. Familiarity doesn't always breed contempt, though. Throughout the record, Bentley sounds relaxed and cozy in his comfort zone, and that sense of ease, when combined with the occasional barn burner, such as the jocular bluegrass closer "High Note" -- a bluegrass jam complete with cameos by Billy Strings, Charlie Worsham, Sam Bush, and Jerry Douglas -- is a recipe for a good time. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

Product Details

Release Date: 02/24/2023
Label: Capitol Nashville
UPC: 0602448531483
Rank: 47783

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dierks Bentley   Primary Artist,Vocals,Vocals (Background)
Ashley McBryde   Primary Artist,Vocals,Featured Artist
Billy Strings   Primary Artist,Vocals,Featured Artist,Guitar (Acoustic)
Paul Franklin   Pedal Steel
Jason Carter   Fiddle
Danny Rader   Banjo,Mandolin,Keyboards,Guitar (Acoustic),Guitar (Electric)
Craig Young   Bass
F. Reid Shippen   Vocals (Background)
Chad Cromwell   Drums,Percussion
Jon Randall   Mandolin,Percussion,Guitar (Acoustic),Guitar (Electric),Vocals (Background)
Sam Bush   Mandolin
Jerry Douglas   Dobro
Micah Wilshire   Vocals (Background)
Brent Mason   Guitar (Electric)
Sarah Buxton   Vocals (Background)
Lex Price   Bass
Brett Beavers   Vocals (Background)
Dan Dugmore   Pedal Steel,Guitar (Electric)
Andy Leftwich   Fiddle
Jedd Hughes   Guitar (Electric)
Aaron Sterling   Drums,Percussion
Rob McNelley   Guitar (Acoustic),Guitar (Electric)
Bryan Sutton   Banjo,Mandolin,Guitar (Acoustic)
Trey Keller   Vocals (Background)
Dan Hochhalter   Fiddle
Luke Dick   Vocals (Background)
Ben Helson   Guitar (Acoustic),Guitar (Electric),Vocals (Background)
Jimmy Wallace   Keyboards
Ross Copperman   Percussion,Vocals (Background)
Charlie Worsham   Mandolin,Guitar (Acoustic),Vocals (Background)
Hardy   Vocals (Background)

Technical Credits

F. Reid Shippen   Mixing,Engineer,Producer,Programming
Jason Lehning   Engineer,Recording
Jon Randall   Composer,Producer
Pete Lyman   Mastering,Mastering Engineer
Jim Beavers   Composer
Neil Thrasher   Composer
Ashley Gorley   Composer
Michael Dulaney   Composer
Tommy Lee James   Composer
Brian David Willis   Editing,Digital Editing
Brett Beavers   Composer,Producer
Casey Brown   Composer
Aaron Sterling   Programming
Dierks Bentley   Composer,Producer
Josh Osborne   Composer
Tony Martin   Composer
Jeff Hyde   Composer
Douglas Gledhill   Design,Art Direction
Luke Dick   Composer
Jeremy Spillman   Composer
Scott Johnson   Production Coordination,Production Manager
Ross Copperman   Composer,Engineer,Producer,Programming,Vocal Engineer
Charlie Worsham   Composer
Ryan Tyndell   Composer
John Osborne   Composer
Austin Atwood   Assistant,Assistant Engineer
Robby Klein   Photography
Ethan Barrette   Assistant,Assistant Engineer
Hunter Phelps   Composer
Joe Trentacosti   Assistant,Assistant Engineer
Sarah Marie Burke   A&R
Michael Hardy   Composer
Jordan Minton   Composer
Kera Jackson   Art Producer
Brandon Towles   Assistant,Assistant Engineer
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