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Dierks Bentley Turns Down ‘Celebrity Apprentice’

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After Trace Adkins placed second on Donald Trump’s NBC reality competition show, ‘Celebrity Apprentice,’ there was only one name that came to mind when asked to recommend a country star to succeed him: John Rich. And after John Rich won his season of the show, the one name he insisted to ‘the Donald’ could be as passionate a competitor as he was: Dierks Bentley. But it doesn’t look like the ‘Am I the Only One’ singer will be the guy to carry on Nashville’s ‘Apprentice’ torch.

“I was actually asked,” Dierks reveals to Seattle’s KMPS radio. “I considered it for a long time, and I was flattered to be asked. But at the end of the day, I love playing music — it’s what excites me creatively. Writing songs, making records and touring is everything to me. That’s the dream, and the dream takes up a lot of time. With two kids and a wife, my plate’s pretty full.”

Dierks’ plate is indeed full with the announcement this week of his Country & Cold Cans Tour, a 22-city trek that kicks off October 6 in Lacrosse, Wis. Opening acts include Jerrod Niemann and the Eli Young Band for the first leg of the tour.

Dierks’ latest single, ‘Am I the Only One,’ is currently in the Top 3 on the country charts, with lyrics that illustrate a “country cutie with a rock ‘n roll bootie.” KPMS’ morning team asked the Arizona native just what a “rock ‘n roll bootie” looks like, leaving him at a bit of a loss for words. Listen to their entire interview with the singer/songwriter here.

Dierks’ sixth studio album is expected to be released this fall.

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