Bentley in 2010
|Birth name||Frederick Dierks Bentley|
|Born||November 20, 1975|
Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.
|Occupation(s)||Musician, singer, songwriter|
|Instruments||Vocals, guitar, banjo|
|Labels||Dangling Rope, Capitol Nashville|
|Associated acts||Hot Country Knights|
Frederick Dierks Bentley (born November 20, 1975) 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. His ninth and most recent studio album, The Mountain, was released on June 8, 2018.
Bentley's studio albums have accounted for 25 singles on the Hot Country Songs and Country Airplay charts, of which 17 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", "Woman, Amen" and "Living". Seven more of his singles have reached the top 5.
Bentley was born on November 20, 1975, 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. Afterward, he spent a year at the University of Vermont (UVM) before transferring to Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, where he graduated in 1997.
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 later that year. The next two singles from that album, "My Last Name" and "How Am I Doin'," reached number 17 and number 4, respectively. The album was certified Platinum by the RIAA.
Bentley's second album, Modern Day Drifter, was released in 2005. It spawned two number one singles with "Come a Little Closer” and "Settle for a Slowdown" and the number three hit "Lot of Leavin' Left to Do." 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. The induction took place on October 1, 2005. Bentley stands as the third youngest member after Carrie Underwood and Josh Turner.
2006–08: Long Trip Alone and Greatest Hits/Every Mile a Memory 2003–2008
On June 10, 2006, Bentley released his third album, Long Trip Alone. The album produced two number one hits with "Every Mile a Memory" in 2006 and "Free and Easy (Down the Road I Go)" in 2007. The title track reached No. 10 on the country charts, while the fourth single, "Trying to Stop Your Leaving," peaked at number 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. An album cut, "Sweet & Wild," reached No. 51 on the Hot Country Songs chart. The song was an uncredited duet with fellow country singer Sarah Buxton.
2009–10: Feel That Fire and Up on the Ridge
Bentley's fourth studio album, Feel That Fire, was released in February 2009. Its title track, co-written by Brett Beavers and The Warren Brothers, became Bentley’s sixth number one hit in February 2009. The album’s second single, "Sideways," became his seventh number one hit in summer 2009. The third and final single, "I Wanna Make You Close Your Eyes," peaked at number 2.
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, 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.
2012–13: Home and Country & Cold Cans EP
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. The second single off the album is "Home", which was co-written by Bentley, Brett Beavers, and Dan Wilson (musician) also reached No. 1 on March 24, 2012. A third single, "5-1-5-0", was released shortly after "Home" fell from number one on the country chart. 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.”
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. On October 23, Bentley and Miranda Lambert announced the co-headlined 33-show Locked and Reloaded Tour, that began on January 17, 2013.
Bentley's seventh album, Riser, was released on February 25, 2014. 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, 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 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. 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.
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". The album's second single, "Different for Girls" featuring Elle King, was released to country radio on June 6, 2016. 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.
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.
2018–present: The Mountain and Hot Country Knights
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 (Mediabase only). The third and final single, "Living" also went #1.
Bentley's side project, a 90s country cover band named Hot Country Knights, signed on with Bentley's label Universal Music Group Nashville as a separate recording act in 2020. The act consists of his road band, all of whom operate under stage names. It released its debut single "Pick Her Up" on January 23, 2020. Bentley wrote the song with Jim Beavers and Brett Beavers, and features guest vocals from Travis Tritt.
Dierks released a new single, "Gone", on 10/22/2020. This serves as the lead single from his upcoming 10th Studio Album.
Bentley married Cassidy Black on December 17, 2005, in Mexico. They live in Nashville, with their three children, and dog George. The couple has two daughters, Evalyn "Evie" Day Bentley, born on October 4, 2008; Jordan Catherine Bentley, born on December 25, 2010; and son, Knox Bentley, born on October 9, 2013. Evie makes a vocal appearance on the song, "Thinking of You", from Bentley's 2012 album Home.
- 2006: High Times and Hangovers Tour
- 2007: Locked and Loaded Tour
- 2007: Free and Easy Summer Tour
- 2008: Throttle Wide Open Tour
- 2010: Up On The Ridge Tour
- 2011: Jägermeister Tour
- 2011: Country and Cold Cans
- 2012: Country and Cold Cans (Festivals)
- 2014: Riser Tour
- 2015: Sounds of Summer Tour
- 2016: Somewhere on a Beach Tour
- 2017: What The Hell World Tour
- 2018: Mountain High Tour
- 2019: Burning Man Tour
- 2013: Locked and Re-Loaded Tour – w/ Miranda Lambert
- 2004: Guitars, Tiki Bars and a Whole Lotta Love Tour – Kenny Chesney
- 2006: The Road and The Radio Tour – Kenny Chesney
- 2009: Paisley Party Tour – Brad Paisley
- 2009: American Saturday Night Tour – Brad Paisley
- Studio albums
- Dierks Bentley (2003)
- Modern Day Drifter (2005)
- Long Trip Alone (2006)
- Feel That Fire (2009)
- Up on the Ridge (2010)
- Home (2012)
- Riser (2014)
- Black (2016)
- The Mountain (2018)
- As Part of Hot Country Knights
- The K Is Silent (2020)
Awards and nominations
|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|
|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 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)" (with Punch Brothers & Del McCoury)||Nominated|
|2013||"Home"||Best Country Solo Performance||Nominated|
|2015||Riser||Best Country Album||Nominated|
|2016||"The Driver" (with Charles Kelley and Eric Paslay)||Best Country Duo/Group Performance||Nominated|
|2017||"Different for Girls" (with Elle King)||Best Country Duo/Group Performance||Nominated|
|2004||Dierks Bentley||Horizon Award||Nominated|
|2006||Male Vocalist of the Year||Nominated|
|2007||Long Trip Alone||Album of the Year||Nominated|
|2010||Dierks Bentley||Male Vocalist||Nominated|
|Up on the Ridge||Album of the Year||Nominated|
|"Bad Angel" (with Miranda Lambert and Jamey Johnson)||Musical Event||Nominated|
|2012||"Home"||Song of the Year||Nominated|
|Single of the Year||Nominated|
|Home||Album of the Year||Nominated|
|2014||Dierks Bentley||Male Vocalist of the Year||Nominated|
|Riser||Album of the Year||Nominated|
|"I Hold On"||Song of the Year||Nominated|
|"Drunk on a Plane"||Single of the Year||Nominated|
|Music Video of the Year||Won|
|2015||Dierks Bentley||Male Vocalist of the Year||Nominated|
|2016||Male Vocalist of the Year||Nominated|
|Black||Album of the Year||Nominated|
|"Different for Girls" (with Elle King)||Musical Event of the Year||Won|
|"Somewhere on a Beach"||Music Video of the Year||Nominated|
|2017||Dierks Bentley||Male Vocalist of the Year||Nominated|
|The Mountain||Album of the Year||Nominated|
|"Burning Man" feat. Brothers Osborne||Musical Event of the Year||Nominated|
|2019||Single of the Year||Nominated|
|Music Video of the Year||Nominated|
|Dierks Bentley||Male Vocalist of the Year||Nominated|
|2004||CMT Music Awards||Breakthrough Video of the Year; "What Was I Thinkin'"||Won|
|Academy of Country Music Awards||Top New Artist||Won|
|2006||Academy of Country Music Awards||Top Male Vocalist||Nominated|
|2009||CMT Music Awards||CMT Performance of the Year — "Country Boy" with Alan Jackson, George Strait, and Brad Paisley||Won|
|2011||Academy of Country Music Awards||Album of the Year - Up on the Ridge||Nominated|
|2012||Academy of Country Music Awards||Song of the Year - "Home"||Nominated|
|American Country Awards||Album of the Year — Home||Nominated|
|2015||Academy of Country Music Awards||Video of the Year - "Drunk on a Plane"||Won|
|Album of the Year - Riser||Nominated|
|Single Record of the Year - "Drunk on a Plane"||Nominated|
|Song of the Year - "I Hold On"||Nominated|
|Vocal Event of the Year - "The South"||Nominated|
|Male Vocalist of the Year||Nominated|
|2016||Academy of Country Music Awards||Video of the Year - "Riser"||Nominated|
|Male Vocalist of the Year||Nominated|
|People's Choice Awards||Favorite Male Country Artist||Nominated|
|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 Year||Nominated|
|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 Award||Won|
|Video of the Year - "Black"||Nominated|
|2019||Academy of Country Music Awards||Music Event of the Year - "Burning Man" feat. Brothers Osborne||Won|
|Male Artist of the Year||Nominated|
|Album of the Year - The Mountain||Nominated|
|Video of the Year - "Burning Man" feat. Brothers Osborne||Nominated|
|2020||Academy of Country Music Awards||Male Artist of the Year||Won|
Film and television
|2009||The Rise of Kahne||Himself||A biography of NASCAR driver, Kasey Kahne. Bentley is featured in the DVD during an event benefiting the Kasey Kahne Foundation.|
|2010||Live From the Artists Den||Himself||Live performance at the Ravenswood Billboard Factory in Chicago, IL|
|2012||Weeds||Himself||Sang 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-Host||Alongside with Luke Bryan, replacing Blake Shelton|
|2018||The Voice||Himself||Season 15 Finale Results|
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