Dierks Bentley Dedicates “Riser” to Charleston, South Carolina


While visiting New York to play the FarmsBorough Festival this weekend, Dierks Bentley and his tour mates, Maddie & Tae, stopped by ABC’s Good Morning America for a live performance. Though having Maddie & Tae join Dierks for a collaboration on his hit “Free and Easy (Down the Road I Go)” was a crowd-pleasing moment, nothing was as appreciated as the introduction to Dierks’ new single “Riser“.

“Riser,” the title track and fifth single off Dierks’ latest album, is a song of encouragement about fighting through the darkness to find the light on the other side. The chorus explains:

I’m a riser. I’m a get up off the ground, don’t run and hider. Pushing comes a-shovin’, hey I’m a fighter. When darkness comes to town, I’m a lighter, a get out aliver, out of the fire, survivor.

In discussing the meaning of the song, Dierks told GMA’s Robin Roberts:

It started off as a personal song because of my dad passing away, but it’s become . . . everyone’s going through something right now, they got people counting on them.

Applying the moving song to current events and sharing where Dierks’ thoughts and prayers are directed as of late, he added:

Certainly thinking about all the folks in Charleston, South Carolina right now, what they’re going through. I can’t think of any group in our nation right now that’s facing more difficulties. If there’s any risers out there, they’re leading the way. So, this song’s definitely for them today.

Very well said, Dierks, and we agree. There is nobody in our country facing such adversity as the people of Charleston at this time, and our thoughts are with those who are proving to be the most inspirational risers out there at the moment.

Watch Dierks Bentley’s tribute to Charleston, South Carolina here: