Recommendation XXIII: Dierks Bentley w/ Sarah Buxton

…And we’re back.  My summer’s going pretty well for me so far: I’m just hoping that I can look back at it and say that I didn’t waste it like past summers.  Too many days come by when I feel I could’ve done more and done something more productive (beside working, of course).  I hope I can get outside more and spend less time online (I admit, I’m lazy and I could’ve made more posts on here lol, but I’m a to-be-junior in college, so give me a break: I could do much worse).  Alright, alright.  ‘Nuff small talk…Imma gonna get to the music!  Lately, I’ve been listening to my local alternative/independent rock station at home, and sometimes, my local country stations (but they suck, for the most part, as we all know), so I’m sticking to the rock station because it sounds better ;), but that isn’t a segue into the following paragraphs (or maybe it is?), but anyway…

My twenty-third recommendation is: Dierks Bentley’s (with Sarah Buxton) “Sweet & Wild” from his 2008 Greatest Hits – Every Mile a Memory album.  These days, Dierks is pretty well known amongst country fans because he’s gotten really big now quickly since his debut single, “What Was I Thinkin’?” came out years ago, so he’s one of the bigger, currently popular artists I’ve discussed on this site so far.  With him, I’m pretty much hit-and-miss with his music, but I really appreciate his respect towards real traditional country music and the history.  I gotta admit: I was a big fan of Dierks’s when he first came out: I loved his debut single, and then the honky-tonker, “How Am I Doin’?”, and then the Waylon-ish, “Lot of Leavin’ Left to Do”, but I began to lose interest in him because it seemed like he wanted to be a rock-star sex symbol (like Kenny Chesney) or something (and also the fact that my sister is obsessed with him, contributed a lot to it haha).  My favorite song of his’ is actually “Settle for a Slowdown” because it’s just an awesome song through and through, though after that, I really didn’t like his choice of singles because they seemed to become less country-sounding (with one exception, of course) and it turned me off even more.  I didn’t care to hear his music much anymore.

With “Sweet & Wild”, I was browsing through YouTube at school in May and I came across a video of their performance on the Today Show and I saw that Sarah Buxton was collaborating on this with him, so I was interested to hear it.  Much to my surprise, I really really liked it (and I hated to admit it, but I loved it).  The instrumentation pulls you in with the banjo, steel guitar, drum, and electric guitar and the lyrics and vocals gravitate you even more into the love song.  I think it’s really cool that Sarah was part of the song (I consider it more of a collaboration than a “duet” because she sings more background vocals/harmonies in it and about only one verse alone than a “duet”.  I wish they had equal lead-vocals.  Would’ve been even greater IMO, but it’s fine).  The production is very contemporary country with a slight traditional feel to it (I think it’s the excellent usage of steel guitar laced throughout that does it) and it makes you want to listen forever because it’s so pleasant to the ears.  It’s a song about the first feelings of love that a couple felt for one another when they first came together.  I didn’t find out ’til later that Radney Foster had co-written and recorded this song himself on a past record (Sarah sang harmony with him too!  His version sounds great as well).  I’m all for supporting songwriters/alternative artists like him, so that made the song even more impossible to dislike lol.

I’ve heard the song several times on XM Radio coming back home and I assumed it was a radio single, but I’ve looked online for an announcement but haven’t seen anything, so as of this moment, it’s still unreleased.  Though I may not be crazy about Dierks, on this blog, I can’t help but recommend great music I stumble across or have known for some time because it needs to be heard (back at school, I even began to open my ears slightly more towards Keith Urban and Carrie Underwood‘s music, which could be good or bad, depending on your opinions of them lol.  I don’t listen to radio there so it was easier to not get sick of their songs).  This song would make an exciting single, and it would give Sarah Buxton for exposure (I’m still on the fence with her too, but her vocals are perfect for this song, so I’m liking her more).  So you gotta check it out!

Thanks for reading!

Buy the song here on iTunes now!

Here are the full lyrics to “Sweet & Wild”, written by Jay Clementi & Radney Foster:

That first kiss shook me up
It rattled my cage with a tender touch
Sweet and wild
Girl, I could not get enough

The grass was cool, we lost our minds
Sharing secrets and a bottle of wine
Lazy night, cotton dress
Giving into a warm caress
Sweet and wild
Girl, I could not get enough
Sweet and wild
The taste of your love

The taste of your love
Gentle on my mind
Taste of your love
Sweet and wild as berries
From the summer vine

I know the stars saw the spark
Hopes and dreams tangled in the dark
Sweet and wild
The taste of your love

Yeah, the taste of your love
Gentle on my mind
Taste of your love
Sweet and wild as berries
From the summer vine

Every breath fanned the flame
Your warm body drove me insane

I know it’s been years and miles
I see that fire flickerin’ in your smile

Sweet and wild,
Girl, I still can’t get enough

Sweet and wild
Boy, I still can’t get enough

Sweet and wild
The taste of your love

Yeah, oooh
Sweet and wild
The taste of your love

Yeah, oooh
Sweet and wild

Yeah oooh.
(Oh, sweet and wild)
(The taste of your love)

Yeah, oooh
(Sweet and wild)

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http://www.dierks.com/

http://www.sarahbuxton.com/

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9 Comments

  1. I’m actually a big fan of both Dierks and Sarah, but I’m not really liking this song all that much. Something about it I don’t like, I’m not quite sure what it is though. It’s not bad but I don’t know I’ll have to listen again to pinpoint what it is I don’t like about it.

  2. Haha ok. One thing in the song I’m not too crazy about is the male background vocals (not Dierks’)…the one that makes it sound pop. It says “hey, hey” or something like that.

  3. Yeah I don’t know what it says exactly but I think that’s what I don’t like about it.

    P.S. I know you like Rebecca Lynn Howard, what did you think of her new album?

  4. I really like Rebecca, so I did check out song clips from her new album a few days ago and I was disappointed. The only one I really liked was the radio single (forgot the name, something about singing because she loves it). That one actually sounds country while the others sound too soul/groove-ish. I think she should sing what she wants to but that album is just not for me.

  5. Hmm I actually really liked her move towards that soul / groove sound I thought her voice suited it really well. I do hope though that should she release another album that she goes back towards a more traditional sound. I honestly think she’s the one of the most talented vocalists in nashville today. It’s a shame she’s ignored by radio.

  6. Ah, I just got back from a trip so I haven’t been able to reply ’til now lol…

    I think her voice still sounded really good. I’m just not really digging it for some reason. I think it’s just because I’m more used to the traditional/-ish RLH? She is amazing and very underrated. My most favorite song of her’s would have to be “No One’ll Ever Love Me”. I actually did a recommendation on that too.

  7. I liked their performance of this on the Opry a month or so ago. I have studio recording, but have only listened to it once. So, I’ll have to check it out again. I think I liked it though.

  8. I hear it on xm too. Sometimes, I hear songs on Highway 16 that don’t end up being official singles. I heard Vince Gill’s “These Days” on their Traffic Report countdown and thought it was a single, but I don’t think it ever was. Strange.

    I’m a pretty consistant Dierks fan, but I haven’t lked everything either: “Long Trip Alone” and “Every Mile A Memory.” Those Two songs seemd, as you said, that he was trying to be a rock star or something. I liked “Come A LIttle Closer” because it reminded me of Conway Twitty. Otherwise, I don’t know if I would have liked it.

    Have you Heard “So So Long”? Fun stuff.

  9. They performed it on the Opry? That’s cool.

    I’ve been hearing the song on my local radio station too, so I’m wondering if it’s the new single or not. I love XM!

    CALC was pretty good, but the video kinda messed it up for me. It wasn’t made to appeal to my demographic, unfortunately haha. It did sound kinda Conway-ish!


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