Dierks Bentley is lost in the pain of a breakup, at least in his newly-released "Bourbon In Kentucky" music video. The single, which peaked late last year, is lifted from the singer's "Riser" album, out Tuesday (Feb. 25).
Serving as the album's lead-in, Bentley turns to bourbon to quench the sorrow and heartbreak. A former lover's image playfully peppers his memories and is a subdued focal point of his slow decent into depression. The clip takes a literal interpretation: as it opens, his body is seen floating along the surface of the dark-faced sea. It progresses to include shots of him sitting in is car, as it quickly fills with the overwhelming liquid, and him in his crumbling apartment. His life is falling apart at the seams.
Contextually, however, the song and video serve as a tribute to Bentley's late father, who passed away in 2012. This song was written and recorded that same year.
As happens with country music, this song can speak to anyone of all walks of life -- whether they are dealing with the untimely death of a parent or child or are dealing with a breakup, every fan can find a connection to the lyrics. "There's not enough bourbon in Kentucky to forget you," he laments on the chorus. While she does not make an appearance, critics darling Kacey Musgraves lends her smooth voice to the harmonies, making the story even more haunting.
By the end of the video, Bentley seems to come to terms with his lot in life. He sets fire to a photograph and the blaze gathers around his feet. The rain powers down and he's left to his own machinations.
As a followup, Bentley released his inspiring "I Hold On" track, which currently sits within the Top 10 at radio.
Check out the video above.
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