Dierks Bentley follows up his lauded 2002 debut with an assured sophomore effort that brims with confidence in his vocals and features tougher, edgier music behind him. Bentley could have gone for the soporific mainstream middle ground, but instead he hews close to country's rough-cut school, equal parts Bakersfield and Texas, with nods to the New Traditionalist era here and there, especially in the pulsating hit single "Lot of Leavin' Left to Do" and the rugged road song "Cab of My Truck" (Marty Stuart is a pronounced influence throughout). Guitars sting and twang, echoed by flailing banjo; the fiddle saws furiously on the barnburners; and the rhythm section keeps that big bottom rock-solid. Bentley's originals reveal his eye for the telling detail and a sensitivity to commonplace experiences that resonate over the course of a lifetime. Vocally, he deploys his husky baritone with equal effectiveness on up-tempo rousers and sweet-hearted ballads, the best here being the winsome "Good Things Happen," which isn't hurt by Alison Krauss's velvety harmonies. The Del McCoury Band comes aboard too, for a loosey-goosey, shambling bluegrass take on Del's ironic, bittersweet breakup tune "Good Man like Me." Closing on a high note, Bentley offers a poignant reading of "Gonna Get There Someday," an eloquent lyric about loving, leaving, and staying true to a dream. He knows whereof he sings.
Performance CreditsDierks Bentley Primary Artist
Alison Krauss Background Vocals
Del McCoury Acoustic Guitar,Background Vocals
Steve Brewster Drums
Mike Bub Upright Bass
Jimmy Carter Bass
J.T. Corenflos Guitar,Electric Guitar
Rob McCoury Banjo
Ronnie McCoury Mandolin,Background Vocals
Gary Morse Pedal Steel Guitar,Lap Steel Guitar
Aubrey Haynie Fiddle
John Caldwell Overdubs
Russell Terrell Background Vocals
Randy Kohrs Dobro
Bryan Sutton Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Mandolin
Lona Heid Background Vocals,Sampling
Wes Hightower Background Vocals
Ryan Jones Overdubs
Michelle Poe Background Vocals
Steven Sheehan Acoustic Guitar
Rod Janzen Electric Guitar
Lona Heins Background Vocals
Jason Carter Fiddle
Technical CreditsDel McCoury Composer
Brett Beavers Composer,Producer
Steve Bogard Composer
Jamie Hartford Composer
John Scott Sherrill Composer
Del McCoury Band Composer
Wyatt Easterling Composer
Mark Nesler Composer
Jim Beavers Composer
Deric Ruttan Composer
Luke Wooten Engineer
Dierks Bentley Composer
Joanna Carter Art Direction
Leslie Richter Tracking Assistant
Steve Bagard Composer
Tony Martin Composer
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Dierks has done it again. He has made an incredible album. His vocal talents make the lyrics more captivating. "So So Long" uses play-on words and an upbeat tempo to create an enticing song. "Come A Little Closer" is a very thrilling, sensual song. "Down on Easy Street" is about a man having everything except the one thing that he needs. An exceptional CD- buy it!
I love this CD, just like I loved his first one. He has a rock edge but at the same time it's good down home country which is what I like
Dierks Bentley’s self-titled debut in 2003 yielded hits in “What Was I Thinkin'” and “How Am I Doin'.” Now, his sophomore effort with “Modern Day Drifter” on Capitol has already created quite a buzz, and the opening cut “Lot of Leavin' Left to Do” has really taken off. A driving and rolling 5-string banjo in the mix gives this song a bit of a bluegrass flavoring, and it sets the stage for a savory and delightful presentation that also includes one cut (“Good Man Like Me”) with The Del McCoury Band. The rockin’ “Cab of my Truck” is a boogying song with energy and velocity, along with some hot fiddle and dobro licks between the drivin’ electric guitars and drums. A reflective “Settle for a Slowdown” gives Bentley’s emotionally-charged vocals a chance to take center stage. “Domestic, Light and Cold” is, well you guessed it, a drinkin’ song with a cute hook. Hey, that’s country! (Joe Ross, Roseburg, OR.)
Dierks Bentley has a voice of an angel. A country angel that is. He is absolutely fabulous! I love this cd so much that words can't explain it. He's also gorgeous!!!
There's little question that Dierks Bentley has good taste, as well as a burning desire to be part of the tradition of rough, rugged, and sensitive hard country singers. In particular, he styles himself after Merle and Waylon, two influences that were apparent on his eponymous 2003 debut but come to the forefront on his 2005 follow-up, Modern Day Drifter. Even the title of the record signals Bentley's intention to be a ramblin' man for the 2000s, and the music consciously echoes not just the past, but ramblin' man classics -- the first single, "Lot of Leavin' Left to Do," is styled after Waylon's "This Time" and "Good Man Like Me" deliberately mimics Hank Snow's "I'm Movin' On." This isn't a drag on the record -- if anything slows it down, it's the occasional too-tasteful ballad, as well as such cloying, product placement-filled stabs at contemporary country as "Cab of My Truck" -- because Bentley has a nice, strong country croon and delivers this straight-ahead neo-traditionalist sound pleasantly and earnestly. He doesn't have much flair, though, as either a singer or writer. Instead of being a true ramblin' man and forging his own direction, he follows the path that Merle and Waylon created, never stamping it with much of his own personality. This makes for some good music, of course, but it's a bit of a mixed blessing that Bentley is at his best when he's following the blueprint of his heroes to a T. Next time around, maybe he can draw inspiration from the spirit of his idols and put his own unmistakable personal stamp on his music instead of just crafting his record to sound like something they might have recorded. [Modern Day Drifter was released in two editions -- a standard CD and a deluxe edition. The deluxe edition contains two bonus tracks on the CD -- a duet with Cody Canada on "Domestic, Light and Cold," which sounds nearly identical to the one on the main album, and a nice, light acoustic number called "She Won't Choose Me" -- and a bonus DVD containing a good 30-minute documentary where Bentley talks about all the songs on the record, the video for "Lot of Leavin' Left to Do," plus the making of the video it also contains three songs -- "Lot of Leavin' Left to Do," "Come a Little Closer," and "Settle for a Slowdown" -- from the album in 5.1 sound, a half-measure that's more irritating than having no songs at all in 5.1, since you wind up wondering why the whole album wasn't included in surround mixes.
Dierks is a modern day genious!! Even if your not a country music lover, one listen to this cd and you kinda begin to understand what country music is all about. He's freakin awesome,and there is no one in country music w/a better voice than good ol'dierks.
This is one of my absolute favorite CD's! I've listened to it straight through many times, and each time I enjoy it just as much as the last. Which is saying something, because I usually just skip around to my favorite songs! My favorite songs on this CD are Cab of My Truck, Settle For a Slowdown, So So Long, and Modern Day Drifter. I would definately reccomend this CD to anyone interested in country music.
Dierks Bentley's first CD really blew me away. He puts another twist on country and you never get tired of hearing his songs over and over again. I won't even name my favorites on this one because I couldn't leave one out they are all crazy good!