Video Review: Dierks Bentley “Up On The Ridge”

Dierks Bentley glances to the side as he drives his car. He and his band perform in a field in the afternoon. His dog sits next to him in the truck and looks out the window. A twentysomething man carries the American flag as he leads his friends in the field.

A campfire burns at night while Bentley plays his guitar. Lit in cobalt, the group of friends run in the field. A twentysomething woman and second twentysomething man dance together. She gazes at him while she rests her head on his shoulder. A third twentysomething man and second twentysomething woman make out. The group of friends dance and join Bentley. In the morning, the twentysomething waves the American flag as he runs.

Rating: 1.5/5

The twentysomething man sits by the campfire and says he’s interning in D.C. in the fall. The twentysomething woman says she wants to go to New York. The second twentysomething man holds her hand. He wanted to go with her. Most of their friend group had dropped after they started dating. They both wanted to live in a place where no one cared. The twentysomething man says he wants to change policy and how people live in America. The twentysomething woman starts to say, “what about” and stops herself. It was useless.

The third twentysomething man and second twentysomething woman make out. She says she isn’t sure about marriage. He takes her hand and says it’s what they’ve always planned. She tells him she’s not ready and steps back. He wouldn’t do anything with their friends around. His nostrils flare as he says they are meant to be. She shakes her head and says it’s best if they break up.

A fourth twentysomething woman looks at her friends. They grew up together. However, it seems as though they didn’t know each other at all. The field was bonding them, keeping them from straying from one another. The third twentysomething man scared her a bit. The twentysomething man was only concerned about himself. The second twentysomething man was sweet and decent. However, the town’s point of view was driving him out of it. She taps the twentysomething man on the shoulder and says they should clean up. He waves his flag and shouts “USA!”

Director: N/A Year: 2010

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S9v_KgxOcu8

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Pam Avoledo spends her time binge-watching classic teen dramas and stands firm in her pro-Leyton stance. She also received her journalism degree in 2006 from Oakland University. Her work has been published in the White Wall Review, Sledgehammer Lit ,Greatest City Collective & 45 Magazine . Fevers of the Mind, and forthcoming in Daily Drunk Mag\'s Kirstofia anthology.