Watch: Dierks Bentley Performs “Riser” on Late Show with David Letterman


Dierks Bentley made an appearance on Letterman last night to perform “Riser” from his ACM-nominated album of the same name. What was unique about this performance though was Dierks and his band performed it acoustically. And I have to say I like this version even more than the original. This is also to me what separates Bentley from many others in mainstream country music. He can actually sing and entertain people without having to rely on bells and whistles.

Check out the performance above and be sure to weigh in about it in the comments below. 

4 thoughts on “Watch: Dierks Bentley Performs “Riser” on Late Show with David Letterman

  1. Kevin Davis February 5, 2015 / 2:22 pm

    Letterman, at the end, expressed my sentiments exactly. It’s beautiful, especially with the instrumentation — fiddle and mandolin. I love the studio version too. Dierks is a class act. This performance is one more reason to love and respect him. Travis Meadows, the songwriter, is a real gem in Nashville. I just heard “What We Ain’t Got” on the radio a few minutes ago! If Dierks releases “Riser” as the next single from the album (which would be the fifth single!), then we could have another Meadows song on the radio!

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  2. Raymond February 5, 2015 / 2:28 pm

    I have to say I hope Dierks success with this album will make him keep up good material like this. I don’t wanna here 5-1-5-0 or Tip It On Back cause both were really sub-par. I’m looking forward to see how well Say You Do does cause I hope it becomes his third straight number 1. One can hope.

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  3. Applejack February 5, 2015 / 5:50 pm

    Well done.


  4. Zack February 5, 2015 / 10:41 pm

    That was awesome! I have always liked Dierks a lot and his shows are awesome as well. He is truly a class act who actually cares about his music. Up On The Ridge is still one of my favorite albums ever. I have always appreciated the fact that he has tried his best to push quality music not just on his albums but on radio as well. I remember after Drunk On A Plane peaked they were considering both Say You Do and Pretty Girls for the next single. Instead of trying to push arguably the weakest track off his album to radio he went with the excellent ballad Say You Do. Hopefully Riser closes out the album era for him

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