Okay, folks, get your eagle ears ready, because this is going to be a fun head-to-head comparison. First, the background, via a series of tweets by Jason Isbell, formerly of Drive-By Truckers:
Dierks Bentley actually did respond to this via his own account:
Okay, so now that we’ve got all that laid out on the table, I can summarize: Jason Isbell hears Dierks Bentley’s latest song, “Home” and hears similarities to the arrangement of his song “In A Razor Town,” from his first solo album, Sirens of the Ditch. He tweets to his 15,000 followers, who then spread the word to Dierks Bentley’s 205,000 followers, and then briefly there’s a Twitterfight brewing between a mainstream country hitmaker and one of the better alt-country songwriters working today. All par for the course for a January Friday night. And I, as readers of this site surely know, am not one to “cry plagiarism,” but I decided to listen to the two songs side by side and judge for myself where any similarities may lie. And though I don’t think anyone “stole” anything, so to speak, there appear to be elements of the same melody to be heard in either track.
What do you think? It doesn’t seem as blatant to me as when Son Volt completely rewrote Counting Crows’ “Goodnight Elizabeth” for their American Central Dust track “Exiles.” But to these ears, it’s there nonetheless.