Dierks Bentley Earns 11th No. 1 Hit With ‘I Hold On’
Dierks Bentley is certainly riding high these days. The Arizona native has earned his 11th No. 1 hit, for his debut single, 'I Hold On,' from his latest album, 'Riser.'
“I was just sitting in my truck looking over at the passenger seat where my dad sat almost 20 years ago when we drove from Phoenix to Nashville at the beginning of this honky tonk dream. He would love that a song inspired from that road trip made it to the top of the country charts,” Bentley recalls.
"I've said from the beginning, if you want to know who I am in three minutes and thirty seconds, play this song," he continues. "The fact that country radio and the fans got on board for this one, and that I'm getting such great feedback to the entire album is so overwhelming. There are a lot of songs on this album I want to get to as singles, and there is no better way to do that than to start off with a big hit. I am really grateful that country radio continues to like what I'm doing and supports me and my music."
The 38-year-old co-wrote half of the songs on 'Riser,' which debuted at the top of the charts when it was released last month.
“I think every record I’ve made has always been a Polaroid snapshot of where I was at that place in time when I made it,” he notes. “But this particular album just has a lot of scenery in the picture. There’s a lot that’s gone on the last two years -- more so than any other time in my life. I mean, you look at some of the bookends of making this record . . . my dad passing away at the start of the process, and then my son, Knox, being born at the end of the process. So it was unexpected.”