Dierks Bentley’s video for his recent single “Woman, Amen” concentrates on a story of motivation, adhering to a mother and daughter that do tireless volunteer work in the Nashville community. Bentley’s video for “The Mountain,” the title track from his new album, uses the same song strategy to tell the story about a family that was present during the 2013 Boston Marathon Bombings.
Runner Daniel Foley, who was running in his third Boston Marathon, recounts the way his family saw the horrifying affects of the bombing while they waited for him to finish the race. Instead of retreating in fear, Foley’s family summoned the power to go back to the race when Daniel ran the marathon the following year. It is a message of resilience which dovetails well with Bentley’s song – a loose, Neil Young style jam about summoning the will to conquer big obstacles in life. “It just took a little step, a right then a left, then a couple million more, who’s counting? It’s only a mountain.” As the video clip reveals, the family’s visit back to Boston was a triumphant, optimistic venture.
The Mountain, Bentley’s ninth studio album, comes out June 8th and has contributions from Brothers Osborne and Brandi Carlile. In May, Bentley is launching his headlining Mountain High Tour and in August Bentley will headline the Seven Peaks Festival in Colorado, featuring shows from Miranda Lambert as well as Brothers Osborne.