“I wrote this song out in Colorado where I really go to recharge and get closer to the source, that being nature, those mountains and the great outdoors,” Bentley explains. “I wrote this with some friends of mine that flew out there to write with me. HARDY was out there, Ross Copperman, Ashley Gorley and Luke Dick, and I had this idea, brought it to these guys and they took it to a whole new place.”
The song, which says in part, “I need a little backbone in my backbeat / I need a little lifelong in my front seat / I need the kinda moments that make my whole wide world stand still,” is deeply personal to Bentley — so personal that he didn’t think of it as a single when they wrote it.
“I never thought it’d be a single really, ‘cause it’s such a personal song talking about how sometimes the things I feel aren’t things that I think would help to sell tickets,” the 47-year-old explains. “In that way. It’s more of a personal song, but I found in the past that songs like ‘I Hold On’ that are extremely personal have always been the ones that resonate most with fans. So, I’m so excited that it’s a single and just can’t wait to see the response when it’s played on radio.”
“Gold,” Bentley’s 22nd No. 1 single, was also personal to him, but in a different way than “Something Real.”
“I think the song is a lot about just being present in the moment you’re in, and recognizing that the grass isn’t always greener, but it’s pretty good where you are, just being present where you are,” Bentley says. “It’s a message as much for me as much as anybody else about, I guess, about gratitude. I love the feel of the track. It’s got that acoustic vibe that I hope is a little bit of my sound, but also still feels big and ready for these big amphitheaters we’re playing and it’s a good kick-off to the record, I think.”
Bentley is currently on his Gravel & Gold Tour, with Jordan Davis opening for him on all dates, joined by a rotating list of support acts, including Tracy Lawrence, Elle King, Tyler Braden, Caylee Hammack, Kameron Marlowe, The Cadillac Three, The Red Clay Strays, Molly Tuttle & Golden Highway, Shane Smith & the Saints, Caitlyn Smith and Hailey Whitters, and Bentley’s own Hot Country Knights band. Find music and tour dates at Dierks.com.
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