During his June 26 stop on Good Morning America, Dierks Bentley took a moment to dedicate one of his most personal and heartfelt songs, “Riser”, to a town recently shaken by tragedy.
Although Bentley’s current single came from his own experiences with loss and pain, the country star felt a special connection with the residents of Charleston, who are still grieving the June 17 shooting at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church where nine people lost their lives.
“The song started off as kind of a personal song about my dad passing away,” he said to anchor Robin Roberts, “but everyone’s going through something right now, and they’ve got people counting on them.”
“[I’m] thinking about all the folks in Charleston, South Carolina, right now, what they’re going through,” he continued. “I can’t think of any group in our nation right now that’s facing more difficulties, and if there are any ‘risers’ out there, they’re out there leading the way. So this song is definitely for them today.”
Bentley was in New York City to play a headlining set at the first ever FarmBorough Music Festival on Randall’s Island.