Dierks Bentley Reveals Keith Urban’s ‘Catch-and-Release’ Policy That Inspired Him to Share New Music

by Matthew Wilson
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Just because he released a new song, Dierks Bentley said fans shouldn’t expect an album anytime soon. The country singer said he adopted a “catch-and-release” style to his music. Fellow musician Keith Urban inspired the approach.

“He goes, ‘You know, I’m not a huge hunter or fisherman, but I do have a catch and release policy,'” Bentley told Taste of Country Nights. “He’s like, ‘I catch a hit and I release it.'”

Bentley recently released his new single “Gone” for fans, which may have been partially inspired by his time away due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Given everything that’s going on in the world, Bentley admits it’s been hard for him to focus on his music right now.

“It’s hard to be super inspired right now,” Bentley said. “I live with a lot of anxiety, even though I live in the mountains and get to do all this outdoor stuff. I’m anxious about the fall and I’m anxious about our fans and COVID and what it looks like. It’s hard to make music when you’re coming from that place.”

Dierks Bentley Has Been Social Distancing in Colorado

When touring got canceled due to the pandemic, Bentley moved with his family out to Colorado. So far, the singer has been enjoying his role as a father and family man. He told the Bobby Bones Show that he took up skateboarding as a hobby because his son was interested.

Bentley started posting some of his skateboarding attempts to social media. But he still has a while to go before he reaches Tony Hawk level. Bentley has also had family paintball fights such as the one where they celebrated his son’s seventh birthday. Right now, the family is preparing the house for Halloween.

Though he isn’t currently touring, Bentley said he’s still paying his band and crew a full salary. He has plans to move back to Nashville after the pandemic is over.