On Thursday, the Drunk On A Plane singer, made his long awaited return in a big way, releasing his new single “Gone”, his first release as a solo artist in the two years following his last album, The Mountain. In the time since his last album Bentley released an album with his long time parody/ tribute band Hot Country Knights, and teamed up with Maddie & Tae on their song, Lay Here With Me. Bentley has been absent from the country music scene over the past few months retreating from social media as well as not performing at either the ACM’s or CMT Awards. Fans were obviously excited when he first teased the new single on Monday.
On Gone, Bentley sings about disconnecting from the world in the aftermath of a breakup. In the tune written by Ben Johnson, Nicole Galyon. And Niko Moon, Bentley laments that despite being physically distant from his Ex his mind has not actually moved on from his former love, Bentley laments that he’s “Been a million places but they’re up in my (his) head overdrinking overthinking ever since you (she) left”. The track features a mix of classic and modern production from David Garcia, working with Bentley for the first time. Bentley has been known to pay homage to the Traditional Country scene while also incorporating a little Bluegrass into his repertoire (sometimes even a full album’s worth). Garcia does a nice job allowing the song to breath above the percussive elements in the production, which allows Bentley’s voice and the lyrics to own this song. All in all, this is a strong return from Bentley and leaves intrigue and excitement for what he does next. It remains to be seen if this release is a one off or a part of Bentley’s next project.