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Dierks Bentley

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Growing up in a non-musical family in Phoenix, Arizona, country singer Dierks Bentley got his country music education on his own, listening to records. A love of the music inspired him to move to Nashville at the age of 19, but he quickly grew discouraged by the lack of public and professional interest coming his way. It all changed when he walked into the Station Inn, a bar where the bluegrass faithful hung out. An all-night jam session recharged his batteries and he again started pursuing gigs. He landed a job at the TNN television network doing research on classic country music, and by night he worked on his demos. Capitol Records finally heard the artist, signed him, and released his self-titled debut, Dierks Bentley, in 2003. It yielded the impossibly catchy single "What Was I Thinkin'?" Bringing his love of Merle Haggard and Waylon Jennings more to the forefront, Modern Day Drifter followed two years later and became a Top Ten hit. In 2006, he returned with Long Trip Alone, a more polished effort that was commercial but not crass. Greatest Hits: Every Mile a Memory arrived in 2008. Although it was perhaps a bit early in his career for a compilation, it did contain his key charting singles and added in fan-selected live tracks as a bonus, making it a nice summation of Bentley's work up to that point. His fourth album, Feel That Fire, was released in early 2009, followed by the bluegrass-themed Up on the Ridge in 2010. Bentley's sixth album, Home, released in 2012, featured a dozen new songs that the singer road-tested on tour. It was an eclectic and varied affair, with guest spots from Little Big Town's Karen Fairchild as well as Tim O'Brien and Sam Bush, among others. Capitol issued his self-funded EP, Country and Cold Cans, that summer, and before long he had begun sessions for what would be his seventh full-length release for the label in 11 years. "Bourbon in Kentucky," a duet with Kacey Musgraves, was the first single from the sessions, but it flopped upon its June 2013 release, going no further than number 40 on the Billboard Country charts. A second single, "I Hold On," quickly followed and went into the Top Ten, but the lack of success of "Bourbon in Kentucky" was a factor in pushing back the release of Riser; it didn't appear until February 2014. Bentley rebounded with Riser, however. The album debuted at number one on Billboard's Country charts -- it went to six on the Top 200 -- and generated three major hits: "I Hold On" and "Drunk on a Plane," which both peaked at three on the U.S. Hot Country chart and went platinum, and "Say You Do" which topped out at five. The title track sustained momentum on radio in 2015, and in early 2016, he returned with "Somewhere on a Beach," the first single from his eighth album, Black. It topped Billboard's country charts just prior to the May 2016 release of Black. ~ David Jeffries & Steve Leggett
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Albums by
Dierks Bentley

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    Black

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    Home

    12 songs

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    Up on the Ridge

    12 songs

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    Feel That Fire

    13 songs

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    Dierks Bentley

    12 songs

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    Riser

    11 songs

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    Long Trip Alone

    1 song

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    I Hold On - Album Commentary

    1 song

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    Riser Album Overview - Album Commentary

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    I Hold On

    1 song

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    Bourbon In Kentucky

    5 songs

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    Country & Cold Cans

    1 song

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    I Wanna Make You Close Your Eyes (Acoustic Version)

    17 songs

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    Greatest Hits: Every Mile a Memory

    12 songs

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    Modern Day Drifter

    1 song

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    Home

    1 song

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    Every Mile A Memory

    1 song

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    Lot Of Leavin' Left To Do

    1 song

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    Feel That Fire

    1 song

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    Am I the Only One

    1 song

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    Pick Up

    1 song

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    What the Hell Did I Say

    1 song

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    I'll Be the Moon

    1 song

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    Somewhere on a Beach

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Top Songs by
Dierks Bentley

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  2.   What Was I Thinkin'
  3.   5-1-5-0
  4.   Sideways
  5.   Drunk on a Plane
  6.   Home
  7.   Tip It on Back
  8.   Am I the Only One
  9.   Free and Easy (Down the Road I Go)
  10.   Come a Little Closer
  11.   Somewhere on a Beach
  12.   I Hold On
  13.   Say You Do
  14.   Settle for a Slowdown
  15.   Different for Girls
  16.   I Wanna Make You Close Your Eyes
  17.   Riser
  18.   How Am I Doin'
  19.   Feel That Fire
  20.   Every Mile a Memory
  21.   Country & Cold Cans
  22.   Grab A Beer
  23.   Long Trip Alone
  24.   Domestic, Light and Cold
  25.   Trying to Stop Your Leaving
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Stations & Shows Featuring
Dierks Bentley

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    Dierks Bentley: DNA

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    Cruisin' Country

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    Slacker 20: CMA Awards

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    Top 50 Country Songs of 2014

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    Country Hits

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    New Country

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    55 Greatest Country Songs of the Century

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    Party Country

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    The Country Vault

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    Eli Young Band: I Am The DJ

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    Country: '90s and Today

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    Outlaw Country

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    Country 4th Of July

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    Jon Pardi: I Am The DJ

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    Country Summer

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    She Thinks My Tractor's Sexy

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    Downhome Cookin'

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    Weekly Country Countdown

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    Luke Bryan: I Am The DJ

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    Top 50 Songs of 2014

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    Luke Bryan: DNA

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    Country Love

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    Tyler Farr: I Am The DJ

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    New Country

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