While celebrating the number one success of their collaboration “Burning Man” this week in Nashville, Dierks Bentley shared the key to his and Brothers Osborne’s success: Music and friendship.

“When you release songs to radio it’s like the cliff notes of your album and ‘Burning Man’ is one of the most important pieces of The Mountain,” said Bentley. “When you do a collaboration it’s a leap of faith but there is no one else that could have done what these guys did on this song. We were in direct communication with no one else involved you know…John walks in with his guitar and amp…I’ve just been really lucky to work with people like these guys where it’s all about the music and friendship. It’s rare to find that outside of Nashville and a really unique thing that is happening in Country music right now.”

TJ Osborne concurs, “When he sent us the song it was done and already sounded awesome. I’m such a fan of Dierks and when I listened to the demo, it already sounded like a Dierks hit and it took me a minute to really make it mine. To take that risk on us with something that already sounded great was all on Dierks.”

The collaboration won the ACM’s Musical Event of the Year at the recent ACM Awards in Las Vegas.

-Nancy Brooks