“Woman, Amen,” the first single off of Dierks Bentley‘s ninth studio album, The Mountain, is an inspiring proclamation of love for his wife, Cassidy Black. Bentley co-wrote the song with writers Ross Copperman and Josh Kear.
The Mountain, which was largely written and recorded in Telluride, Colo., takes on themes of the mountainous, expansive West, both aesthetically and as a metaphor for self-reflection and spiritual growth. “Woman, Amen” is no exception: It’s a sweeping, cavernous song with lots of “woah-oh-oh”s echoing through the background. However, in part because it’s difficult to belt out this kind of ballad at 10,000 feet, “Woman, Amen” was actually recorded not in Telluride, but in Nashville.
Below, Bentley chats with The Boot about the story behind “Woman, Amen.”
I wrote “Woman, Amen” with the same guy I wrote “Drunk on a Plane” with. Josh Kear brought that idea to me. I heard it, and I just thought, “I don’t know what that is, but I love it.” It was the same thing when I first heard “Drunk on a Plane” — I love drinking, and I love planes — and with “Woman, Amen” I had that same feeling of, I don’t know what that is, but let’s just write it.
I loved the message. It’s very direct, and very honest for me in my relationship with my wife. I feel more grateful for her every year that goes along. I get so caught up in the music, and she helps steer me through all the work and being out on the road, and just helping me be the man that I am. She has more vision in some ways — as most women do.
I think it’s a good way to start the album. The album is a big, inclusive thing, with all these songs about living, or the mountains, the sun, lots of nature and landscape and fields. But this all starts at home, with her.
Dierks Bentley + Cassidy Black’s Cutest Moments