Bentley, Rucker, Nettles Talk Songwriting

Bentley, Rucker, Nettles Talk Songwriting

Dierks Bently Cover- American Songwriter

Dierks Bentley graces the cover of the country edition of American Songwriter this month. Dierks Bentley, his labelmate Darius Rucker, and Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles sat down with the mag to chat about the art of songwriting.

In his interview with the magazine, Bentley talked about what sets him apart from other country music singers…”I can’t sing stuff that is overly 'country,'” he says. “I wasn’t raised on a farm and I’m not really comfortable singing stuff that’s not who I am. But I’ve traveled and I’ve been all over this country, and I’ve found that country music isn’t about wearing a cowboy hat and growing up on a farm. It’s a lifestyle, it’s a culture, and it’s a mindset.” (Click HERE for more of Dierks Bentley’s interview.)

Rucker told American Songwriter, “Country music is where the song is, and that’s why I think you see so many singer/songwriters going there.” (Click HERE for more of Darius Rucker’s interview.)

Nettles says songwriting is like a therapy session…”The emotionally, intellectual elite… they love the darkness,” Nettles admits. “And I do too, 'cause it’s always easier to go to a dark place and work out all those dark emotions. That’s what you do: sit and go inside to try and untangle it. (Click HERE for more of Jennifer Nettles’ interview.)

American Songwriter also has MORE with music row’s songwriters, Holly Williams, and the Eli Young Band.