Dierks Bentley, "Burning Man"
The lead-off track from Bentley's upcoming The Mountain may not be a single yet, but it sure needs to be. A hard-charging rocker, "Burning Man" is a high-water mark for Bentley – his most affecting song since 2015's magnificent "Riser." "Burning Man" builds on that ballad's theme of evolution, as Bentley assesses his place in the world as a 40-something troubadour: "I'm a little bit steady / but a little bit rolling stone." Brothers Osborne also turn up, with singer TJ offering a verse and guitarist John delivering a solo as white-hot as the song's title suggests. Insert fire emoji here. J.H.