Dierks Bentley Writes Song For Esquire's Music Issue
April 19, 2011 at 11:05 AM (PT)
CAPITOL/NASHVILLE artist DIERKS BENTLEY is featured for the second year in a row in ESQUIRE’s annual Music Issue, which hits newsstands next TUESDAY, APRIL 26th. BENTLEY was asked to write a guest column for the issue. In his piece “How to Write a Song (for a Woman),” he encourages songwriters to begin the writing process with an acoustic guitar and learn a couple chords before focusing on what he calls the foundation, which is lyrics.
DIERKS wrote, “Avoid the generic. The only reason JUSTIN BIEBER can get away with a whole chorus that uses only the words baby and ooh is because he's JUSTIN BIEBER. Specificity and originality beats cliché every time. Unless you've got DR. LUKE building you a monster track, you aren't going to be able to hide crappy lyrics behind the music.”
DIERKS joined five other musicians in DETROIT for a two-day fashion shoot with photographer DANNY CLINCH. At the end of the trip, each songwriter was challenged to write, perform and record an original song inspired by the phrase “Last Night in DETROIT.” BENTLEY’s song “Line No. 7” deals with the struggles many DETROIT workers have faced in the auto industry. The track is now available on iTUNES for download with proceeds benefitting BIG BROTHERS AND BIG SISTERS OF DETROIT.
To download “Line No. 7” and to get a behind-the-scenes clip of the shoot and recording session, visit http://www.esquire.com/detroit.