Dierks Bentley is a bit of an enigma. He comes out with the classic country radio song the last two times out. They were surefire hits. I don’t have a problem with that. I like country radio and I like Dierks’ songs.
Now that Dierks has released his official third single 5-1-5-0 off his latest record, though, I wanted to highlight a surprise gem on the album that might not make the single list. Check it out.
Heart of a Lonely Girl – Dierks Bentley
Heart of a Lonely Girl is certainly more in line with Dierks’ bluegrass side. This track could have been off the last album he released and I think it would have had a great chance of being a hit single just like his more traditional radio-ready songs.
The song is full of great hooks. You can sing along with this one just as you can with many of Dierks’ songs. The music on this record is definitely bluegrass influenced, though. Maybe that’s why the label and Dierks kind of kept a distance from it becoming a single. I think country fans could use a little bluegrassin their lives, though. Maybe it would be a little bit like going back to the ’80s when Ricky Skaggs was ripping up the charts every week with a bluegrass infused song.
My thoughts are that Dierks will move on from this record after 5-1-5-0 peaks on the charts this summer. We’ll probably have another new single from an upcoming album, which is fine, but this song deserved mention.
Heart of a Lonely Girl is about the relationship between a man and a woman and how it can become strained when either one is away from the other. It’s a common feeling. Maybe the guy wants to get away for a few days or either a hunting trip or maybe a golf trip with the guys. He’s away from his woman, but she needs him (and he needs her too of course). The heart of that lonely girl will do crazy things to the relationship.
Maybe it’s better to not be away for too long.
Great song from Dierks.
Now that you’ve heard it – what do you think?
CML Points: 87/100