LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 07: Recording artist Dierks Bentley performs onstage during ACM Presents: An All-Star Salute To The Troops at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 7, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images for ACM)

Dierks Bentley’s album The Mountain is one of the top five albums nominated for the Academy of Country Music’s Album of the year honor, and he recently spoke to us about the nomination and the album itself.

When talking about the Album of the Year honor this year, Dierks sizes up the other projects in the category saying, “Kacey [Musgraves] made like a crazy, consistently [great album]; there’s a theme to that album and Eric [Church] always makes great albums and Dan and Shay… So, to be in that category I think is awesome those are all great records.”

He tells us of The Mountain, “I know what went into ours and I don’t want to brag about it but it was what I hoped it would be. We did the work and then we left the door open hoping that the magic would come and then it did. You know, I’ve gone through other albums where there’s like a typo in the liner notes and I’m like, ‘How can you miss a typo in your liner notes, this is your one album’ because we uber focus on everything. And I felt like there is nothing we didn’t do to make it the best that it could be and I’m proud of it and probably the most proud of every album I’ve made. Not only has it been a great album, but the singles themselves have been great cliff notes for the album.”

Bentley’s has already scored two number one songs from the record including “Woman, Amen” and his collaboration with the Brothers Osborne, “Burning Man.”

His current single is called “Living.”

Other Album of the Year nominees for the ACM this year are Kacey Musgraves, Golden Hour, Eric Church, Desperate Man, Chris Stapleton, From a Room Vol. 2, and Dan + Shay’s self-titled project.

The 2019 Academy of Country Music Awards will air live on Sunday, April 7, 2019 from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

-Nancy Brooks