Born in 1975, Dierks Bentley is a country singer and songwriter from Phoenix, Arizona. Currently signed with Capitol Nashville, Bentley released his first album in 2001. His first major label album was a self-titled effort, released in 2003, under Capitol Nashville. The single “What Was I Thinkin’?” from this album topped the country music charts and made Bentley an instant sensation in the genre.
His next album, Modern Day Drifter, was released in 2005. This was also a huge hit and was certified Platinum. Since then, Bentley has released seven more albums, with the most recent one being, Black, which came out in 2016.
Currently, the country star is preparing to perform at various venues across the US as part of his “What The Hell World Tour”. The tour has filled up huge venues with crowds of more than 25,000 gathered to listen to his music.
Dierks Bentley tickets have been selling out faster than ever in this country music star’s career.
Early Life and Musical Influences
Dierks Bentley grew up in a non-musical family in Phoenix, Arizona. He developed an interest in music through listening to records. At the age of 19, he moved to Nashville to pursue his interest further. However, a lack of professional and public interest towards him discouraged him. Everything changed when he went to Station Inn, a bar which was a known hangout spot for the bluegrass faithful. After receiving some encouragement, he started pursuing gigs again and landed a job at the TNN television Network. At night, he used to work on his demos. He finally got his demo heard at Capitol Records, and was subsequently signed on with the label
His work has been influenced by various genre which include rock and roll and bluegrass. His personal life, marriage and the loss of his father has also had an effect on his music. His insistence on paying attention to details has made him one of the most relatable stars in the industry.
Breakthrough, Discography and Recognition
His first major breakthrough came with the song “What Was I Thinkin’” from his self-titled album. “My Last Name” and “How Am I Doin’” also charted from this album, which was soon certified Platinum.
His second album, Modern Day Drifter, was also a big hit as it spawned two chart toppers – “Settle for a Slowdown” and “Come a Little Closer”, along with the top 5 hit “Lot of Leavin’ Left to Do”. In 2005, Bentley won the CMA Award for Best New Artist. He was also inducted as a member of the Grand Ole Opry in 2005.
Bentley’s third album, Long Trip Alone, was released in 2006 and had number one hits, “Every Mile a Memory” and “Free and Easy (Down the Road I Go)”. After his third album’s success, Bentley released his first greatest hits album called Greatest Hits/Every Mile a Memory 2003-2008. The album was released in May 2008.
The fourth studio album by this country star got him further recognition. Feel The Fire was released in February 2009 and its title track became the sixth number one hit for Bentley. “Sideways” is another single from the album that became the seventh number one hit in 2009.
In 2010, Dierks Bentley released Up on the Ridge and featured the popular singles “Up on the Ridge” and “Draw Me a Map”.
Bentley released his seventh album, Home, in 2012 with the first single “Am I the Only One” reaching number one on the Billboard Country Singles. The second single “Home” also peaked at number one.
In 2014, Dierks Bentley released his eighth album called Riser. “I Hold On” and “Drunk on a Plane” from this album peaked at number one and made Bentley a strong commercial draw with country audiences all over the US.
In May of 2016, Bentley released his ninth album, called Black. In recent months, the singer has started releasing a series of short films for songs from this album.
Awards and Accolades
Over the years, Bentley has enjoyed many honors and awards. He has been nominated for the Grammy Award a total of 13 times. He has also been nominated for the Country Music Association Awards in various categories and has won the Horizon Award in 2005. Other awards for Bentley include a CMT Award for Breakthrough Video of the Year, ACM Award for Top New Artist in 2004 and an iHeartRadio Music Award for Country Song of the Year for “Somewhere on the Beach”.
Bentley has made several appearances in film and television shows and also co-hosted the 51st Academy of Country Music Awards in 2016.
The Tours of Dierks Bentley
Over the span of his career, Bentley has headlined 12 tours, including the ongoing 2017 What The Hell World Tour. He has co-headlined a tour with Miranda Lambert in 2013 and has been a supporting artist on four tours including two with Brad Paisley.
Speaking about his love for performing live, Bentley says,
"Playing the live shows is my favorite thing above everything. I love live music—that's why I do anything. It started off being pretty good in the beginning, even when I was playing for free beer. But I think there was a time when I viewed records more as a way to further my career as far as the tour; the albums were really like the jet fuel for the plane, and the plane was the tour.”
For an artist who puts his heart and soul into every single performance, you should definitely check out his live shows.
Dierks Bentley tour tickets are now available for his What The Hell World Tour, with shows in Durant and Las Vegas in November and December. Don’t miss out!