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Dierks Bentley
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Bentley in April 2010
Background information
Birth nameFrederick Dierks Bentley
Born (1975-11-20) November 20, 1975 (age 43) [1]
Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.
Genres Country
Occupation(s)Musician, singer, songwriter
InstrumentsVocals, guitar, banjo
Years active2001–present
LabelsDangling Rope, Capitol Nashville
Associated acts
Website dierks.com

Frederick Dierks Bentley [2] (born November 20, 1975 [1] ) is an American country music singer and songwriter. In 2003, he signed to Capitol Nashville and released his eponymous debut album. Both it and its follow-up, 2005's Modern Day Drifter , are certified platinum in the United States. A third album, 2006's Long Trip Alone , is certified gold. It was followed in mid-2008 by a greatest hits package. His fourth album, Feel That Fire was released in February 2009. A bluegrass album, Up on the Ridge , was released on June 8, 2010; a sixth album, Home , followed in February 2012, as did a seventh one, Riser , in 2014. Bentley's eighth album, entitled Black , was released in May 2016. [3] His ninth and most recent studio album, The Mountain , was released on June 8, 2018.

Country music, also known as country and western, and hillbilly music, is a genre of popular music that originated in the southern United States in the early 1920s. It takes its roots from genres such as folk music and blues.

Capitol Records Nashville is a major United States-based record label located in Nashville, Tennessee operating as part of the Universal Music Group Nashville. From 1991 to 1995, Capitol Nashville was known as Liberty Records, before returning to the Capitol Nashville name in 1995. While under the Liberty name, the label operated short-lived sister label Patriot Records from 1994 to 1995. In 1999, EMI launched Virgin Records Nashville but by 2001, Capitol absorbed the short-lived label. In 2010, the label launched sister label EMI Nashville. On March 23, 2011, Alan Jackson signed with Capitol's EMI Nashville division in conjunction with his own ACR Records label.

<i>Dierks Bentley</i> (album) 2003 studio album by Dierks Bentley

Dierks Bentley is the debut studio album by American country music singer Dierks Bentley. It was released on August 19, 2003 via Capitol Records Nashville. It produced three singles with "What Was I Thinkin'", "My Last Name", and "How Am I Doin'". The first one became Bentley's first number one hit on the US Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart. The album sold 1.1 million copies in the US.

Contents

Bentley's studio albums have accounted for 25 singles on the Hot Country Songs and Country Airplay charts, of which 16 have reached number one: his debut single "What Was I Thinkin'", "Come a Little Closer", "Settle for a Slowdown", "Every Mile a Memory", "Free and Easy (Down the Road I Go)", "Feel That Fire", "Sideways", "Am I the Only One", "Home", "5-1-5-0", "I Hold On", "Drunk on a Plane", "Say You Do", "Somewhere on a Beach", "Different for Girls" and "Woman, Amen". Seven more of his singles have reached the top 5.

Hot Country Songs Weekly chart published by Billboard

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Country Airplay is a chart published weekly by Billboard magazine in the United States since January 20, 1990.

What Was I Thinkin 2003 single by Dierks Bentley

"What Was I Thinkin'" is a song co-written and recorded by American country music artist Dierks Bentley. It was released in April 2003 as his debut single and the first from his 2003 self-titled debut album. The song also became his first number one hit on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs chart in September 2003.

Early life

Bentley was born on November 20, 1975, [1] in Phoenix, as the son of Leon Fife Bentley (August 16, 1923 – June 1, 2012), a bank vice-president, and Catherine Childs. His father was born in Glasgow, Missouri, to Richard Thomas and Mary Cecile Fife Bentley, and was a First Lieutenant in World War II. His middle name, Dierks (which he now uses as his first name publicly), is also his maternal great-grandmother's surname. He attended Culver Academies in Indiana and graduated from The Lawrenceville School in New Jersey in 1993. [4] Afterward, he spent a year at the University of Vermont (UVM) before transferring to Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, where he graduated in 1997. [5] [6]

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Music career

2003–05: Dierks Bentley and Modern Day Drifter

Bentley worked at The Nashville Network (now Paramount Network), researching old footage of country performances. In 2003, Capitol Nashville released Bentley's self-titled debut album. The album's first single, "What Was I Thinkin'," reached number one on the US Billboard Hot Country Songs charts [7] later that year. The next two singles from that album, "My Last Name" and "How Am I Doin'," reached number 17 [7] and number 4, [7] respectively. The album was certified Platinum by the RIAA.

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<i>Billboard</i> (magazine) American music magazine

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My Last Name 2003 single by Dierks Bentley

"My Last Name" is a song co-written and recorded by American country music artist Dierks Bentley. It was released in October 2003 as the second single from his 2003 self-titled debut album. This is Bentley's first single to miss the Top 10 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, reaching a peak of #17, and his only one until 2010's "Up on the Ridge," which peaked at #21.

Bentley's second album, Modern Day Drifter , was released in 2005. It spawned two number one singles with "Come a Little Closer [7] and "Settle for a Slowdown" [7] and the number three hit "Lot of Leavin' Left to Do." [7] The album was also certified platinum.

<i>Modern Day Drifter</i> 2005 studio album by Dierks Bentley

Modern Day Drifter is the second studio album by American country music artist Dierks Bentley. It was released on May 10, 2005 via Capitol Records Nashville. The album produced three singles on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs chart with the number 3 hit "Lot of Leavin' Left to Do" and the number ones "Come a Little Closer" and "Settle for a Slowdown". The album was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and has sold over 1.5 million copies in the United States.

Come a Little Closer (Dierks Bentley song) 2005 single by Dierks Bentley

"Come a Little Closer" is a song co-written and recorded by American country music artist Dierks Bentley. It was released in July 2005 as the second single from his 2005 album Modern Day Drifter. The song went to number one on the U.S. Country chart and held that position for the chart weeks of December 3 and December 10, 2005. On the chart for December 17, the song fell to number two when Joe Nichols' "Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off" replaced it at the top spot. The song then returned to number 1 for a third and final week on the chart dated December 24. The song was written by Bentley and Brett Beavers.

Settle for a Slowdown 2006 single by Dierks Bentley

"Settle for a Slowdown" is a song co-written and recorded by American country music artist Dierks Bentley. It was released in January 2006 as the third and final single from his second studioalbum, Modern Day Drifter. The song becoming Bentley's third #1 single on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. It was written by Bentley with Brett Beavers and Tony Martin.

In 2005, Bentley won the CMA Award for the Horizon Award (now Best New Artist) and was invited to be a member of the Grand Ole Opry. [8] The induction took place on October 1, 2005. Bentley stands as the third youngest member after Carrie Underwood and Josh Turner.

Country Music Association US music industry organization

The Country Music Association (CMA) was founded in 1958 in Nashville, Tennessee. It originally consisted of 233 members and was the first trade organization formed to promote a music genre. The objectives of the organization are to guide and enhance the development of Country Music throughout the world; to demonstrate it as a viable medium to advertisers, consumers, and media; and to provide a unity of purpose for the Country Music industry. However the CMA may be best known to most country music fans for its annual Country Music Association Awards broadcast live on network television each fall.

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Carrie Underwood American country music singer

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2006–08: Long Trip Alone and Greatest Hits/Every Mile a Memory 2003–2008

Dierks Bentley performing in Saginaw, Michigan, March 31, 2007 Dierks 5.jpg
Dierks Bentley performing in Saginaw, Michigan, March 31, 2007

On June 10, 2006, Bentley released his third album, Long Trip Alone . The album produced two number one hits with "Every Mile a Memory" [7] in 2006 and "Free and Easy (Down the Road I Go)" [7] in 2007. The title track reached No. 10 on the country charts, [7] while the fourth single, "Trying to Stop Your Leaving," peaked at number 5. [7]

In 2007, Bentley released a live DVD titled Live and Loud at the Fillmore, which was filmed in Denver, Colorado.

In a March 2008 interview, Bentley said he would let his fans be the executive producers of his first greatest hits album, Greatest Hits/Every Mile a Memory 2003–2008 . The album was released on May 6, 2008. [9] An album cut, "Sweet & Wild," reached No. 51 on the Hot Country Songs chart. [7] The song was an uncredited duet with fellow country singer Sarah Buxton.

2009–10: Feel That Fire and Up on the Ridge

Bentley opening for Brad Paisley at Scotiabank Place in Ottawa, Ontario, February 14, 2009 Dierks Bentley-14 Feb-2009.jpg
Bentley opening for Brad Paisley at Scotiabank Place in Ottawa, Ontario, February 14, 2009

Bentley's fourth studio album, [10] Feel That Fire , [11] was released in February 2009. Its title track, co-written by Brett Beavers and The Warren Brothers, became Bentley’s sixth number one hit [7] in February 2009. The album’s second single, "Sideways," became his seventh number one hit [7] in summer 2009. The third and final single, "I Wanna Make You Close Your Eyes," peaked at number 2. [7]

Bentley released his fifth studio album, Up on the Ridge , on June 8, 2010. The title track was released to iTunes on April 20, 2010. The song peaked at number 21 on the US Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, [7] becoming Bentley's first single to miss the Top 10 since "My Last Name." The second single from the album, "Draw Me a Map," reached number 33. [7]

2012–13: Home and Country & Cold Cans EP

Bently meeting with service members before a concert during Military Appreciation Day in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, May 8, 2013 Dierks Bentley meets with service members before his concert for the Players Championship at the Tournament Players Club Sawgrass during Military Appreciation Day in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., May 8, 2013 130508-N-TC587-036.jpg
Bently meeting with service members before a concert during Military Appreciation Day in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, May 8, 2013

Bentley's sixth album, Home , was released on February 7, 2012, led by the single, "Am I the Only One" which reached No. 1 on the Billboard Country Singles. [7] [12] [13] The second single off the album is "Home", which was co-written by Bentley, Brett Beavers, and Dan Wilson (musician) also reached No. 1 [7] on March 24, 2012. A third single, "5-1-5-0", was released shortly after "Home" fell from number one on the country chart. [7] Dierks has been quoted by American Songwriter explaining “I wrote too many songs. I wrote 70. I wrote a lot. There’s 64 that are never going to see the light of day. That’s 64 days that I can’t get back.” [14]

On August 21, 2012, Bentley released the Country & Cold Cans EP on iTunes. It includes five songs, including a radio edit of the track "Tip It On Back" from his album Home . Bentley paid for the studio time to record the EP himself. [15] On October 23, Bentley and Miranda Lambert announced the co-headlined 33-show Locked and Reloaded Tour, that began on January 17, 2013. [16]

2014–15: Riser

Bentley's seventh album, Riser , was released on February 25, 2014. [17] The album's first single, "Bourbon in Kentucky", was released to country radio on June 10, 2013. It peaked at number 45 on the Billboard Country Airplay chart, [18] becoming Bentley's lowest charting single to date. The album's second single, "I Hold On", was released on August 26, 2013. It became his first number one on the Country Airplay chart [18] in April 2014 and also his eleventh overall to do so. The third single, "Drunk on a Plane", followed that same month. It reached number one on Country Airplay in August 2014 and was also a strong commercial hit, reaching number 27 on the Billboard Hot 100. [7] The album's fourth single, "Say You Do", was released on October 6, 2014. It reached at number one on Country Airplay in May 2015. The title track became the album's fifth single in June 2015.

Bentley along with Eric Paslay are featured on Charles Kelley's debut solo single, "The Driver" which was released on September 28, 2015. The song received a Grammy nomination for Best Country Duo/Group Performance for the 58th Annual Grammy Awards. [19]

2016–2017: Black

Bentley released his eighth album, Black , on May 27, 2016. [20] The album's first single, "Somewhere on a Beach", was released on January 25, 2016. [21]

Bentley co-hosted the 51st Academy of Country Music Awards on April 3, 2016, where he was also nominated for Male Vocalist of the Year and Video of the Year. [22]

Bentley released a series of four short films for songs from Black, with episode one being the song "I'll Be the Moon" featuring Maren Morris. The following episode serves as the video for "What the Hell Did I Say". [23] The album's second single, "Different for Girls" featuring Elle King, was released to country radio on June 6, 2016. [24] It reached at number one on Country Airplay in October 2016. The album's title track was released to country radio as the third single on November 14, 2016. [25]

He was also selected as one of 30 artists to perform on "Forever Country", a mash-up track of Take Me Home, Country Roads, On the Road Again and I Will Always Love You which celebrates 50 years of the CMA Awards. [26]

2018–present: The Mountain

The Mountain is the ninth studio album recorded by Bentley. It was released on June 8, 2018, via Capitol Records Nashville. The first single from the album was "Women, Amen", which peaked at #1. The second single from the album was "Burning Man" which also peaked at #1. The third and current single from the album is Living.

Personal life

Bentley married Cassidy Black on December 17, 2005, in Mexico. [27] They live in Nashville, with their three children, dogs Jake (who has appeared in a few of Dierks' album covers and videos (died July 10, 2016)) and George. [28] The couple has two daughters, Evalyn "Evie" Day Bentley, born on October 4, 2008; [29] Jordan Catherine Bentley, born on December 25, 2010; [30] and son, Knox Bentley, born on October 9, 2013. [31] Evie makes a vocal appearance on the song, "Thinking of You", from Bentley's 2012 album Home. [32]

Bentley holds a private pilot license and owns a Cirrus SR22T. [33]

Tours

Headlining

Co-headlining

Supporting

Discography

Studio albums

Awards and nominations

Grammy Awards

YearRecipient/NomineeAwardResult
2007 "Every Mile a Memory" Best Male Country Vocal Performance Nominated
Best Country Song Nominated
2008 "Long Trip Alone"Best Male Country Vocal PerformanceNominated
Best Country SongNominated
Long Trip Alone Best Country Album Nominated
Live & Loud At The Fillmore Best Long Form Music Video Nominated
2010 "Beautiful World" (featuring Patty Griffin) Best Country Collaboration with Vocals Nominated
2011 Up on the RidgeBest Country AlbumNominated
"Bad Angel" (with Miranda Lambert and Jamey Johnson)Best Country Collaboration with VocalsNominated
"Pride (In the Name of Love)" (with Punch Brothers & Del McCoury)Nominated
2013 "Home" Best Country Solo Performance Nominated
2015 RiserBest Country AlbumNominated
2016 "The Driver" (with Charles Kelley and Eric Paslay) [19] Best Country Duo/Group Performance Nominated
2017 "Different for Girls" (with Elle King) Best Country Duo/Group Performance Nominated

Country Music Association Awards

YearRecipient/NomineeAwardResult
2005Dierks BentleyHorizon AwardWon
2010Male VocalistNominated
Up on the RidgeAlbum of the YearNominated
"Bad Angel" (with Miranda Lambert and Jamey Johnson)Musical EventNominated
2012"Home"Song of the YearNominated
Single of the YearNominated
HomeAlbum of the YearNominated
2014Dierks BentleyMale Vocalist of the YearNominated
Riser Album of the YearNominated
"I Hold On"Song of the YearNominated
"Drunk on a Plane"Single of the YearNominated
Video of the YearWon [34]
2015Dierks BentleyMale Vocalist of the YearNominated
2016Male Vocalist of the YearNominated
Black Album of the YearNominated
"Different for Girls" (with Elle King)Vocal Event of the YearWon
2017Dierks BentleyMale Vocalist of the YearNominated

Other awards

YearOrganizationAwardResult
2004 CMT Music Awards Breakthrough Video of the Year; "What Was I Thinkin'"Won
ACM Awards Top New ArtistWon
2009CMT Music AwardsCMT Performance of the Year — "Country Boy" with Alan Jackson, George Strait, and Brad Paisley Won
2012 American Country Awards Album of the Year — Home Nominated
2016 People's Choice Awards Favorite Male Country ArtistNominated
2017 iHeartRadio Music Awards Country Song of the Year — " Somewhere on a Beach "Won
Billboard Music Awards Top Country Collaboration — " Different For Girls " with Elle King Nominated
Academy of Country Music Awards Male Vocalist of the YearNominated
Album of the Year — Black Nominated
Vocal event of the Year — " Different For Girls " with Elle King Nominated
CMT Music Awards Video of the Year — " Different For Girls " with Elle King Nominated
Collaborative Video of the Year — " Different For Girls " with Elle King Nominated
2018 Academy of Country Music Awards Merle Haggard Spirit AwardWon

Film and television

YearSeriesRoleNotes
2009The Rise of KahneHimselfA biography of NASCAR driver, Kasey Kahne. Bentley is featured in the DVD during an event benefiting the Kasey Kahne Foundation. [35]
2012 Weeds HimselfSang the theme song for Season 8 Episode 9 of Showtime (TV network)
2014 CMT Crossroads Himself OneRepublic aired on March 14
2016–2017 Academy of Country Music Awards Himself/Co-HostAlongside with Luke Bryan, replacing Blake Shelton
2018 The Voice HimselfSeason 15 Finale Results

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