Take a look at the hometowns of most country artists and you’ll find most of today’s hit-makers come from Georgia, Texas, Oklahoma or Tennessee with a few hailing from Arkansas and the Carolinas. But Dierks Bentley is proud to have been born in Phoenix, Arizona. However, it didn’t take long for his love of country music to lead him to its mecca. Dierks moved to Nashville and, after graduating from the city’s Vanderbilt University, immersed himself in Music City’s vibrant nightlife.
Like most aspiring talents, he spent years paying his dues before inking a record deal. His self-titled debut album was released in 2003 on Capitol Records Nashville, and he shot to the top of the charts right away with his very first single, “What Was I Thinkin.’” Two subsequent singles—“My Last Name” and “How Am I Doin’”—helped push the album to platinum status and Dierks was on his way.
In 2005, Dierks solidified his success with his sophomore album, “Modern Day Drifter.” The project yielded two No. 1 hits with “Settle for a Slowdown” and the sultry “Come a Little Closer.” “Lot of Leavin’ Left to Do” finished in the top five spot. That same year, Dierks earned the CMA’s Horizon Award for best new artist and was also inducted into the Grand Ole Opry.
Since then, Dierks has continued to churn out such memorable hits as “Every Mile a Memory,” “Free and Easy (Down the Road I Go),” “Feel That Fire,” “Sideways,” “Am I the Only One,” “5-1-5-0,” “Home,” “Drunk on a Plane,” “Riser,” “I Hold On” and “Different for Girls.” Dierks’ 10th album, “The Mountain,” is due out in 2018 and fans are getting a first taste with the single “Woman, Amen.”
In addition to his love of country music, Dierks is also an aviation enthusiast who holds a pilot’s license and often flies himself to shows. That allows him to spend more time at home in Nashville with his family. He and his wife, Cassidy, have three children—daughters Evelyn (“Evie”) Day and Jordan Catherine, and son Knox.