Dierks Bentley has given fans a taste of what's to come from his upcoming album this week with the release of its first single, 'Am I the Only One.' The fun party tune will have you ready for summer, but that was the furthest weather condition when the songwriters -- Bentley, Jim Beavers and Jon Randall -- penned the song.
"We wrote this tune one day out at some land Dierks has in Leiper's Fork, Tennessee," Beavers tells Taste of Country. "All that is out there is a tent-like structure on top of a hill. We call it 'Up on the Ridge' [same name as Dierks' last album] for obvious reasons. It was cold that day, and we huddled around this little space heater, trying to keep our hands warm and guitars in tune. Although we are all buddies, this was the first time Dierks, Jon and I had all written together."
Beavers entered the writing session with an idea already in his head: "Am I the only one who wants to have fun tonight?"
"I had no idea what it meant or what it could be about," Beavers says, who is also a co-writer on Bentley's 'Sideways.' "The guys quickly jumped on it, and we decided to try to write a modern day 'All My Rowdy Friends Have Settled Down' tune."
The song's chorus does just that as Bentley sings:
“Am I the only one who wants to have fun tonight? / Is there anybody out there wants to have a cold beer and kick it to the morning light? / If I have to raise hell all by myself, I will, but y’all, that ain’t right / Yeah it’s time to get it on / Am I the only one that wants to have fun tonight?”
"Everything from there just kind of flowed out so easily," Bentley says. "We came up with the storyline and injected some of my actual real friends' names into the song."
"We had a lot of fun coming up with what names to use in the first verse," adds Beavers. "We quickly learned that not all names necessarily rhyme with radio-friendly lyrics."
"Well Wildman Willie said, 'I’d like to really,' but ‘Idol’ was on TV / And Ray had a date with his wife / And Nate quit drinking, but he didn’t tell me," Bentley sings in the opening verse.
"This song really helps get the party started as soon as we hit the stage," Bentley says. "It's been fun to play live, and I can't wait to hear what the fans think when they hear the record."