World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

Dierks Bentley

Article Id: WHEBN0002104801
Reproduction Date:

Title: Dierks Bentley  
Author: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Language: English
Subject: Home (Dierks Bentley album), Home (Dierks Bentley song), 2014 in country music, 53rd Annual Grammy Awards, 2012 in country music
Collection: 1975 Births, 21St-Century American Singers, American Country Guitarists, American Country Singers, American Country Singer-Songwriters, American Country Songwriters, American Male Singers, American Male Singer-Songwriters, American Male Songwriters, Capitol Records Artists, Country Musicians from Arizona, Grand Ole Opry Members, Lawrenceville School Alumni, Living People, Musicians from Arizona, Musicians from Phoenix, Arizona, People from Tempe, Arizona, Vanderbilt University Alumni
Publisher: World Heritage Encyclopedia

Dierks Bentley

Dierks Bentley
Bentley in April 2010
Background information
Born (1975-11-20) November 20, 1975 [1]
Phoenix, Arizona, United States
Origin Tempe, Arizona, United States
Genres Country, Bluegrass
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Years active 2003–present
Labels Dangling Rope, Capitol Nashville
Associated acts Brett Beavers, Deric Ruttan, The Warren Brothers, Lee Kernaghan, Harley Allen
Website .com.dierkswww

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 1
  • Music career 2
    • Dierks Bentley and Modern Day Drifter 2.1
    • Long Trip Alone and Greatest Hits/Every Mile a Memory 2003–2008 2.2
    • Feel That Fire and Up on the Ridge 2.3
    • Home and Country & Cold Cans EP 2.4
    • Riser 2.5
  • Personal life 3
  • Tours 4
  • Discography 5
    • Albums 5.1
  • Awards and nominations 6
    • Grammy Awards 6.1
    • Other Awards 6.2
  • Film and television 7
  • References 8
  • External links 9

Early life

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

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

Dierks Bentley and Modern Day Drifter

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

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

Bentley's fourth[1] 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

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

Bentley married Cassidy Black on December 17, 2005, in

  • Official website

External links

  1. ^ a b c Jeffries, David. "allmusic ((( Dierks Bentley > Biography )))".  
  2. ^ "NOTABLE ALUMNI". The Lawrenceville School. Retrieved October 16, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Dierks Bentley Opens Up About His Childhood and Finds a Fan in Bruce Springsteen". 2011-03-22. Retrieved 2014-02-25. 
  4. ^ "Country music star Dierks Bentley jumps into hockey with both boots - ESPN". 2011-05-24. Retrieved 2014-02-25. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t "Dierks Bentley Album & Song Chart History - Country Songs".  
  6. ^ "Opry Member List PDF". April 23, 2012. Retrieved June 29, 2012. 
  7. ^ [2]
  8. ^ "Dierks Bentley In Studio Performance at Sessions@AOL".  
  9. ^ "Dierks Bentley Goes No. 1 With ‘Am I the Only One’". 2011-08-22. Retrieved 2014-02-25. 
  10. ^ McDonnell, Brandy (2011-09-08). "Dierks Bentley, Joe Walsh, Jerrod Niemann and Eli Young Band to play OKC Zoo Amphitheatre's Family Jam Oct. 14 | News OK". Retrieved 2014-02-25. 
  11. ^ Evan Schlansky (February 24, 2012). "Great Quotations: Dierks Bentley". American Songwriter. Archived from the original on 2012-06-06. Retrieved 6 June 2012. 
  12. ^ "Dierks Bentley's 'Country & Cold Cans' EP: Hear 'Back Porch' here -- EXCLUSIVE". Entertainment Weekly. August 15, 2012. Retrieved December 19, 2012. 
  13. ^ "Miranda Lambert, Dierks Bentley Announce 2013 Locked & Reloaded Tour". Taste of Country. October 23, 2012. Retrieved December 20, 2012. 
  14. ^ Whitaker, Sterling (January 6, 2014). "Dierks Bentley Sets Release Date for ‘Riser’". The Boot. Retrieved January 6, 2014. 
  15. ^ a b "Dierks Bentley Album & Song Chart History - Country Airplay".  
  16. ^ "News : Dierks Bentley Elopes to Mexico". CMT. 2005-12-21. Retrieved 2014-02-25. 
  17. ^ "Dierks Bentley: Baby Bliss".  
  18. ^ "Country Star Dierks Bentley Welcomes Daughter".  
  19. ^ "Dierks Bentley "I'm Thinking of You" with daughter Evie at Ryman 'Home' Show". YouTube. 2012-02-03. Retrieved 2014-08-11. 
  20. ^ "Dierks Bentley Welcomes Daughter Jordan Catherine".  
  21. ^ Tammy Ragusa (2012-10-03). "Dierks Bentley Gets His Wings". Country Weekly. Retrieved 2014-08-11. 
  22. ^ Nicholson, Jessica (May 13, 2013). "Dierks Bentley Readies New Album".  
  23. ^ "Dierks Bentley, Keith Urban + Miranda Lambert Are Early 2014 CMA Awards Winners". Taste of Country. November 5, 2014. Retrieved November 5, 2014. 
  24. ^ "2009 CMT Music Awards : Winners".  
  25. ^ [3]


  • Narrated and appeared in The Rise of Kahne (2009), a biography of NASCAR driver, Kasey Kahne. Bentley is featured in the DVD during an event benefiting the Kasey Kahne Foundation.[25]
  • Sang the theme song for Season 8 Episode 9 of Showtime's television series Weeds.

Film and television

  • A^ Award is shared with Brad Paisley.[24]
Year Organization Award Result
2004 CMT Music Awards Breakthrough Video of the Year; "What Was I Thinkin'" Won
ACM Awards Top New Artist Won
2005 CMA Awards Horizon Award Won
2009 CMT Music Awards CMT Performance of the Year — "Country Boy" Won[A]
2010 CMA Awards Male Vocalist Nominated
Album of the Year — Up on the Ridge Nominated
Musical Event - "Bad Angel" (with Miranda Lambert and Jamey Johnson) Nominated
2012 CMA Awards Single of the Year Nominated
Album of the Year Nominated
Song of the Year Nominated
American Country Awards Album of the Year — "Home" Nominated
2014 CMA Awards Male Vocalist of the Year Nominated
Album of the Year — Riser Nominated
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]

Other Awards

Year Recipient Award Result
2007 "Every Mile a Memory" Best Male Country Vocal Performance Nominated
Best Country Song Nominated
2008 "Long Trip Alone" Best Male Country Vocal Performance Nominated
Best Country Song Nominated
Long Trip Alone Best Country Album Nominated
2010 "Beautiful World" (feat. Patty Griffin) Best Country Collaboration with Vocals Nominated
2011 Up on the Ridge Best Country Album Nominated
"Bad Angel" (with Miranda Lambert and Jamey Johnson) Best Country Collaboration with Vocals Nominated
"Pride (In the Name of Love)" Nominated
2013 "Home" Best Country Solo Performance Nominated
2015 Riser Best Country Album Pending

Grammy Awards

Awards and nominations




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

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

Their son Knox was born on October 9, 2013. [20] Their second daughter, Jordan Catherine Bentley, was born December 25, 2010.[19] Evie makes a vocal appearance on the song "Thinking of You." [18] The couple welcomed their first child, Evelyn Day Bentley (nicknamed "Evie"), on October 4, 2008.[17]

This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.

Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from World eBook Library are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.