Dierks Bentley

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Dierks Bentley
Bentley in April 2010
Background information
Born(1975-11-20) November 20, 1975 (age 39)[1]
Phoenix, Arizona, United States
OriginTempe, Arizona, United States
GenresCountry, Bluegrass
InstrumentsVocals, guitar
Years active2003–present
LabelsDangling Rope, Capitol Nashville
Associated actsBrett Beavers, Deric Ruttan, The Warren Brothers, Lee Kernaghan, Harley Allen
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Dierks Bentley
Bentley in April 2010
Background information
Born(1975-11-20) November 20, 1975 (age 39)[1]
Phoenix, Arizona, United States
OriginTempe, Arizona, United States
GenresCountry, Bluegrass
InstrumentsVocals, guitar
Years active2003–present
LabelsDangling Rope, Capitol Nashville
Associated actsBrett Beavers, Deric Ruttan, The Warren Brothers, Lee Kernaghan, Harley Allen

Dierks Bentley (born November 20, 1975[1]) is an American country music singer and songwriter who has been signed to Capitol Records Nashville since 2003. That year, he released his self-titled 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 studio album, Up on the Ridge, was released on June 8, 2010, and then a sixth album, Home, followed in February 2012, as did a seventh one, Riser, in 2014.

Bentley's studio albums have accounted for eighteen singles on the country singles chart, of which twelve have reached No. 1: his debut single "What Was I Thinkin'", as well as "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", and "Drunk on a Plane". Four more of his singles have reached the Top 5.

Early life[edit]

Frederick Dierks Bentley was born on November 20, 1975[1] in Phoenix, Arizona as the son of Leon Fife Bentley, 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 and graduated from The Lawrenceville School in 1993.[2] Afterward, he spent a year at the University of Vermont before transferring to Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, where he graduated in 1997.[3][4] He was initiated into the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity while he was at Vermont.

Music career[edit]

Dierks Bentley opening for Brad Paisley 14 Feb 2009 at Scotiabank Place, Ottawa

Dierks Bentley and Modern Day Drifter[edit]

Bentley worked at The Nashville Network (now Spike TV), 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 Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks charts[5] later that year. The next two singles from that album, "My Last Name" and "How Am I Doin'," reached No. 17[5] and No. 4,[5] respectively.The album was certified Platinum by the RIAA.

Bentley's second Capitol album, Modern Day Drifter, was released in 2005. It spawned two Number One singles, "Settle for a Slowdown"[5] and "Come a Little Closer,"[5] and the Top 5 hit, "Lot of Leavin' Left to Do."[5] The album was also certified platinum.

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.[6] The induction took place on October 1, 2005. Bentley stands as the third youngest member after Carrie Underwood and Josh Turner.

Long Trip Alone and Greatest Hits/Every Mile a Memory 2003–2008[edit]

Bentley performing in Saginaw, Michigan, March 31, 2007

On June 10, 2006, Bentley released his third album, Long Trip Alone. The album produced two No. 1 hits, "Every Mile a Memory"[5] in 2006 and "Free and Easy (Down the Road I Go)"[5] in 2007. The title track reached No. 10 on the country charts.[5] The fourth single from the album, "Trying to Stop Your Leaving," peaked at No. 5.[5]

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.[7] An album cut, "Sweet & Wild," reached No. 51 on the Hot Country Songs chart.[5] The song was an uncredited duet with fellow country singer Sarah Buxton.

Feel That Fire and Up on the Ridge[edit]

Bentley's fourth[3] studio album, Feel That Fire,[8] was released in February 2009. Its title track, co-written by Brett Beavers and The Warren Brothers, reached Top 40 in October 2008 and became his sixth Number One[5] in February 2009. The second single from the album, "Sideways," was released on March 2, 2009 and went on to become his seventh Number One[5] in the summer of 2009. The album's third and final single, "I Wanna Make You Close Your Eyes," was released on September 13, and peaked at No. 2.[5]

Bentley released his sixth 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 No. 21 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart[5] and became Bentley's first single to miss the Top 10 since "My Last Name." The album's second single, "Draw Me a Map," was released to radio on August 23, 2010 and peaked at No. 33.[5]

Home and Country & Cold Cans EP[edit]

Bentley's seventh 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.[5][9][10] The second single off the album is "Home", which also reached No. 1[5] on March 24, 2012. A third single, "5-1-5-0", was released shortly after "Home" fell from Number One on the country chart.[5] 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.”[11]

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.[12] On October 23, Bentley and Miranda Lambert announced the co-headlined 33-show Locked & Reloaded Tour, beginning on January 17, 2013.[13]


Bentley's eighth album, Riser, was released on February 25, 2014.[14] 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,[15] 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[15] 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 Hot 100.[5] The album's fourth single, "Say You Do", was released to country radio on October 6, 2014.

Personal life[edit]

Bentley married Cassidy Black on December 17, 2005, in Mexico.[16] They live in Nashville, Tennessee, with their dogs Jake (who has appeared in a few of Dierks' videos) and George.[17] The couple welcomed their first child, Evelyn Day Bentley (nicknamed "Evie"), on October 4, 2008.[18] Evie makes a vocal appearance on the song "Thinking of You." [19] Their second daughter, Jordan Catherine Bentley, was born December 25, 2010.[20] Their son Knox was born on October 9, 2013.

On June 2, 2012, Bentley announced his father had died the previous day.

Bentley holds a private pilot license and owns a Cirrus SR22.[21]




Awards and nominations[edit]

Grammy Awards[edit]

2007"Every Mile a Memory"Best Male Country Vocal PerformanceNominated
Best Country SongNominated
2008"Long Trip Alone"Best Male Country Vocal PerformanceNominated
Best Country SongNominated
Long Trip AloneBest Country AlbumNominated
2010"Beautiful World" (feat. Patty Griffin)Best Country Collaboration with VocalsNominated
2011Up on the RidgeBest Country AlbumNominated
"Bad Angel" (with Miranda Lambert and Jamey Johnson)Best Country Collaboration with VocalsNominated
"Pride (In the Name of Love)"Nominated
2013"Home"Best Country Solo PerformanceNominated
2015RiserBest Country AlbumPending

Other Awards[edit]

2004CMT Music AwardsBreakthrough Video of the Year; "What Was I Thinkin'"Won
ACM AwardsTop New ArtistWon
2005CMA AwardsHorizon AwardWon
2009CMT Music AwardsCMT Performance of the Year — "Country Boy"Won[A]
2010CMA AwardsMale VocalistNominated
Album of the Year — Up on the RidgeNominated
Musical Event - "Bad Angel" (with Miranda Lambert and Jamey Johnson)Nominated
2012CMA AwardsSingle of the YearNominated
Album of the YearNominated
Song of the YearNominated
American Country AwardsAlbum of the Year — "Home"Nominated
2014CMA AwardsMale Vocalist of the YearNominated
Album of the Year — RiserNominated
Song of the Year — "I Hold On" (writer)Nominated
Single of the Year — "Drunk on a Plane"Nominated
Video of the Year — "Drunk on a Plane"Won[23]

Film and television[edit]


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