Following the Number One success of “Somewhere on a Beach,” Dierks Bentley has released “Different for Girls” from his album Black. Accompanied by his duet partner Elle King, Bentley visited The Late Show with Stephen Colbert last night to perform their meditative collaboration.
Written by Shane McAnally and J.T. Harding, “Different for Girls” aims to illustrate from both perspectives some of the disparate ways the sexes handle the emotional avalanche of a breakup. For the tune’s late night debut, King is nearly out of frame until the first chorus when her harmony parts begin and — in contrast to their CMT Awards performance of the song — sings without her banjo slung around her shoulder. Bentley and band are steady as ever, imitating the darker mood suggested by the stage lighting.
For King’s part, the duet may well be the first of many country releases to bear her name.
“I don’t ever want to go back to pop or rock, and I think country is way more rock & roll than the rock world anyway,” the “Ex’s & Oh’s” singer told reporters during CMA Music Festival. “I can barely keep up [drinking] with everyone, and that is really saying something.”
Bentley has tour dates lined up all summer, including festival stops like a July 9th performance at Common Grounds Music Festival in Lansing, Michigan and headlining his own Somewhere on a Beach tour with guests Randy Houser and Cam.