Country & Cold Cans (2012)

Country & Cold Cans (2012) is an extended play released on August 21 by American country singer Dierks Bentley. The recording came out under Capitol Nashville label and is available as digital download. It means there was no physical release, and the compilation is too large to be a single yet too small to become an album, but we can still call it a digital album. As for the track list, It contains four unreleased songs and one composition from his previous CD “Home”, which is titled “Tip It on Back”.

Dierks Bentley makes us feel country music with this extended play. As the EP was released in summer, we think of summer-things, like icy drinks, cutoff jeans and warm evenings with friends playing an acoustic guitar. Together with this we may recall best moments of our own summer, which makes such music vital. Dierks chooses light themes, adding a bluesy note to it, like in “Grab a Beer”, which becomes a kind of commercial, but not for one kind of beer, but for the drink itself. Listening to the song, you want go out, feel warmness with a little of cool breeze in the air and open a bottle of beer with that specific sound. Same story with “Back Porch”, which shows you a picture of a trip to the river with friends, an impromptu concert by the fire and heartwarming talks with people you love. Being a self-taught musician, raised up in an absolutely non-musical family, the artist indeed knows how to create an image of the song, because he relies on emotions.

Coming back from summer trips and beer topic, Dierks Bentley album got 12th place on US Country music chart and 54th on total US Music chart. According to customer ratings on iTunes, where the tracks were released, it’s a five star recording. The artist also held a big tour by the same title as the EP – 2012 Country&Cold Cans Tour – which started with the concert in Los Angeles on April 13 that was Friday, by the way. The singer was very positive about going to Alaska, which would “give a new meaning to the “cold cans” part”.

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