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The Song Remembers When: Dierks Bentley – “Black”

We take you behind the scenes and explore the making of one of our favorite tunes with The Song Remembers When…


In 2017, Dierks Bentley released the title track to his eight studio album, Black. That song would peak just shy of #1 in the spring of that year. Dierks co-wrote the song with Ashley Gorley and Ross Copperman – a couple of Nashville’s finest songwriters.

Ashley said that Dierks called him at six in the morning singing something he had started. They had a writing session that day, so he knew Dierks was already on to something.

It was an idea that Dierks had in his back pocket for a long time about his wife, Cassidy. He was hesitant to write it because often good ideas don’t pan out, and you just drop them and you move on, but he knew that if anyone could make it work, it was these two songwriters.

So, the word “Black” is not only his wife’s name, but he said that it captured the vibe that he was going for – dark, mysterious and sexy, or in “Dierks speak,” “a dark, well-worn, black leather jacket.”

Of course, Cassidy loved the song, and Dierks even convinced her to spend two frigid cold days in Iceland to shoot the music video with him. Now, that is love!

It is also this week’s The Song Remembers When – Dierks Bentley and “Black.”


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