Dierks Bentley Snags Suzi Ragsdale Tune

Suzi Ragsdale, whose latest two-CD set, Best Regards/Less of the Same, continues to garner airplay at Americana radio, will have one of her songs featured on multi-platinum singer Dierks Bentley's upcoming CD, Up on the Ridge, set for release on June 8 by Capitol Nashville.

Ragsdale's track (co-written by Verlon Thompson), "Bad Angel," features Dierks Bentley joined by special guest vocalists Miranda Lambert and Jamey Johnson, two other powerhouses of country music. The song originally appeared on the Ragsdale/Thompson album, Out of Our Hands.

"I feel like I've found the proverbial magic lamp and the genie has granted my three wishes: Dierks, Miranda and Jamey," said Ragsdale upon hearing her song for the first time as it was performed on the new CD.

Up on the Ridge is being described as steeped in the bluegrass and roots music that moved Bentley to become a country musician in the first place. The title track has been released to country radio as the album's first single. Produced by Jon Randall Stewart, other special guests on the new CD include Kris Kristofferson, Alison Krauss, Vince Gill, Sam Bush, Stuart Duncan and the Del McCoury Band.

At a recent advance listening party for the new CD on Nashville's Music Row, celebrated music journalist Robert Oermann declared: "The bluesy 'Bad Angel,' featuring hair-raising, triple-whammy vocals by Dierks Bentley, Miranda Lambert and Jamey Johnson, is already a contender for Vocal Collaboration of the Year, in my opinion. I never wanted it to end."

In addition to the Dierks Bentley track, a previously unreleased Suzi Ragsdale/Darrell Scott song, "Candles in the Rain (Childless Mothers)," has been recorded by Darrell Scott for his upcoming album, A Crooked Road, to be released on May 25.

Besides cooking up some great songs, Ragsdale continues to excel at another place she does some heavy cooking in the kitchen. In May, the gourmet chef will tape a segment of Lorianne Crook's "Celebrity Kitchen" TV show for later airing on the RFD Network. Suzi will prepare Halibut and Grilled Eggplant Caponata en Papillote.

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