By Erin Duvall
A new album is on the way from Dierks Bentley. Black, which Bentley is calling a “relationship record,” will be the singer-songwriter’s eighth full-length album.
The title track has a double meaning for the upcoming ACM co-host, who been married to his wife Cassidy for 10 years.
“Some people associate red with love, but to me red is for an earlier stage of a relationship,” Bentley told Entertainment Weekly. “Black is much deeper, to me. It’s certainly the sexiest color. [And] this record has a sexiness, in a well-worn leather-jacket kind of way. It’s not glossy sexy—there’s a realness to it. The kicker is that my wife’s last name is Black.”
Bentley started work on the album in February 2015 and expects it to be released early this year.
“Everyone talks about new love all the time, but there’s so much to draw from when you’ve been in a longer relationship,” Bentley added. “It makes me stick my chest out a little bit. It’s like, ‘I know what you’ve been through, but you don’t know what it’s like over here.’ [Marriage] isn’t always commercialized as being cool, but it really is.”
The first single from the new project has not yet been announced.
Bentley will host a Twitter chat tonight at 6:30 p.m. CT. Follow him @dierksbentley to participate.
Pre-order Black here.