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"Radio Friendly" Dierks Returns
on February 7, 2012
There was a time in my life that I would have meant "radio friendly" as an insult. However, making music is both an art and a business. There's nothing wrong with doing what you love and making some coins at the same time. The songs are just too good for me to resent Dierks for backing away from the bluegrass sound of "Up On The Ridge". Once again. it's a good helping of "pickup truck anthems" with loud guitars tempered with intelligent ballads that don't resort to schmaltz. Even "Home" manages to say "hey, I'm proud of my country" without resorting to the "you're either for us or against us" ugliness that certain artists used to cash in on the Iraq war not too long ago. I may not live on the main street of Nashville but as long as Brad Paisley and Dierks Bentley are around, I'll continue to drop by.