ESPN Music: University of Mississippi

Dierks Bentley to release EP, play in SEC

August, 17, 2012
Dierks BentleyJerod Harris/WireImageDierks Bentley is part of ESPN's college football coverage.
Country singer Dierks Bentley on Tuesday is releasing a four-song EP titled "Country & Cold Cans" on iTunes to celebrate the end of summer.

And to kick off the promotion, Bentley will perform concerts on three Southeastern Conference campuses next week: University of Georgia (Monday), University of South Carolina (Tuesday) and University of Mississippi (Wednesday). You can buy tickets on his website here.

The four songs in the EP are "Country & Cold Cans," "Grab A Beer," "Back Porch" and "Summer on Fire." Playbook is exclusively streaming "Summer on Fire," which is also playing on ESPN programming this month.

Playbook had a chance to talk with Bentley before he hit the road.

Are you crazy? You just released your seventh album, "Home," in February. Now you have this one. Isn't it going to be competing against the other?

"It's definitely not normal. People are asking me, 'What's the angle?' There is no angle. We had this collection of songs. We wanted to record some new songs and see how it turns out. What did they want me to do, sit on it for the next year? By the time we're working on the next record, the songs would be old to me. So why not give it to the fans? It's all about having a good time and having fun going into the fall, especially when it comes to college football. It's going to be a fun album for that."

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