“In the short time he has been performing his brand of alt-country/indie-folk music, Illinois-based singer-songwriter Dylan Michael Bentley has been heralded as an incredibly gifted songwriter...”
“On his latest effort, Change in the Wind, Bentley has weaved together 10 tracks that bring to light the folk traditions in which he was influenced by when he was young but at the same time, his compositions have a slight amount of stomp and grit to them as well.”
“Dylan Michael Bentley is due to release his new album 'Change in the Wind'...
Though this is his seventh album, Bentley assures there is no change in sound, however the production and quality have improved greatly. "I brought in a professional sound engineer to ensure the integrity of the content on the album." Bentley claims. "I'm not doing something entirely removed from everything I've done previously, I'm just strengthening and hopefully evolving it."”
“Bentley’s yearning, Neil Young-esque voice will... pique the interest of new fans. Bentley’s got a way with a harmonica, an enthusiasm for traditional songwriting, and tons of motivation. I look forward to see where he goes from here.”
“Dylan Michael Bentley could be the next great artist to come out of Central Illinois”
“Bentley’s an incredibly gifted songwriter. Wise beyond his 23 years, already sober and determined to find truth through his music... races along with the intensity of a locomotive at full speed”
“Bentley still has that raw and restless touch. With a background of wailing harp and prominent acoustic strums and slaps, Bentley sings about running away from doubt and yourself.”
“... a breath of fresh air in the large, over populated world of singer songwriters. Dylan Michael Bentley has a bright future and defiantly stands out as a rising talent.”
“Although he is...young, Bentley’s music speaks volumes... provides a poignant look into life in not only the Midwest, but America as a whole”
“Putting his heart on his sleeve... with a fitting sense of urgency..."”
“... great Americana songwriter...”
“One of the best young songwriting talents (Illinois) has. Period.”
“Technically, Dylan Michael Bentley is a singer songwriter, but that seems like an unfair label... Bentley strums with as much conviction as he sings... The Bob Dylan, Conor Oberst influences are there, but Bentley is never not unique.”
“... resembles Bright Eyes... conjuring intimacy through minimal instrumentation, unvarnished vocals, and relatively straight-forward accounts unencumbered by metaphor or simile... we're a captive audience for his romantic guitar flourish and charming lyrical delivery.”
“Dylan Michael Bentley: The Mouth of the Midwest”
“Central Illinois singer-songwriter Dylan Michael Bentley goes where the wind blows him. Another phrase to describe him could be that he lives “like a rolling stone.”
Bentley plays constantly throughout the area, impressing new audiences all the time with a great level of maturity and talent, especially for someone as young as he is.”
“A unique voice is making it's way on the music scene... Named after Bob Dylan and true to his namesake...”
"The pinnacle of the endeavor so far will happen Dec. 23 when the group conducts the Dylan Michael Bentley album release show... Bentley... is releasing his album "What I made of Myself"...
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