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Dierks Bentley

Dierks Bentley

Dierks Bentley actually goes by his middle name; his first name is Frederick. Born in Arizona, Bentley spent his high school years at boarding schools and completed a year of college in Vermont, before transferring to Vanderbilt University in Music City. He worked at the Nashville Network (TNN, now Spike TV) before signing with Capitol Nashville and releasing his self-titled debut — the album that spawned his No. 1 single, “What Was I Thinkin’” and went platinum — in 2003. Two years later, Bentley married his wife Cassidy, received the CMA Horizon Award (now New Artist of the Year) and was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry; he’s one of the youngest members of the prestigious organization. The singer has been known to infuse his music with bluegrass sounds, and in 2010, he released a true bluegrass album, ‘Up on the Ridge,’ which features many collaborations and hit No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Bluegrass Albums chart. Bentley also has his pilot’s license and owns his own plane — so his role as a pilot in the hilarious, award-winning “Drunk on a Plane” video wasn’t such a far-fetched idea.

Dierks Bentley ACM charity motorcycle ride and concert 2015
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Dierks Bentley to Host ACM Charity Motorcycle Ride, Concert

The weekend of the 50th ACM Awards keeps getting bigger. Dierks Bentley has been announced as the host of the ACM Charity Motorcycle Ride and Concert, to be held on April 18.

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2015 ACM Awards Male Vocalist of the Year
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POLL: Who Should Win Male Vocalist of the Year at the 2015 ACM Awards?

Six of country music's leading men are nominated for Male Vocalist of the Year at the 2015 ACM Awards, all with hit albums, hot singles and legions of fans to their names. So, who do you think will take home the trophy

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2015 ACM Award Album of the Year
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POLL: Who Should Win Album of the Year at the 2015 ACM Awards?

Album of the Year is one of the biggest ACM Awards -- and there are some major contenders this year. Some of country's biggest stars, including Jason Aldean and Miranda Lambert, will go head to head for the coveted title.

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2015 ACM Awards Song of the Year
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POLL: Who Should Win Song of the Year at the 2015 ACM Awards?

The ACM Award for Song of the Year recognizes the tune's writer, publisher and artist -- and this year, there were more than enough top-notch songs to make the country music world go 'round. With contenders like Luke Bryan, Kacey Musgraves and Eric Church up in the category in 2015, it's a tough draw. Who do you think will be crowned the winner?

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2015 ACM Awards Single Record of the Year nominees
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POLL: Who Should Win Single Record of the Year at the 2015 ACM Awards?

With a pool of nominees that includes Miranda Lambert, Dierks Bentley and Kenny Chesney, Single Record of the Year at the 2015 ACM Awards is a serious competition. Lee Brice and Florida Georgia Line round out the nominees, so without further ado, let's look at the songs in the running.

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2015 ACM Awards Video of the Year
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POLL: Who Should Win Video of the Year at the 2015 ACM Awards?

The 2015 ACM Awards are just around the corner, and fans are wondering who will take home trophies -- and who will go home empty handed. This year's Video of the Year category features several country superstars, and the nominated videos' themes range from hilariously ridiculous to deeply emotional.

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2015 ACM Awards Vocal Event of the Year
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POLL: Who Should Win Vocal Event of the Year at the 2015 ACM Awards?

Some of country's biggest stars are up for Vocal Event of the Year at the 2015 ACM Awards. Miranda Lambert, who won the category last year with Keith Urban, is looking to defend her title, this time with Carrie Underwood and their sassy hit "Somethin' Bad," but this year's roster of possible winners is jam packed.

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2015 ACM Party for a Cause Lineup
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Dierks Bentley, Miranda Lambert, Sam Hunt and More Announced for 2015 ACM Party for a Cause

The Lone Star State is going to find itself with an influx of stars at the third annual ACM Party for a Cause -- country stars, that is. With a lineup featuring Dierks Bentley, Miranda Lambert, Sam Hunt and more, Texas may as well be re-named the All-Star State for the weekend.

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2015 Watershed Music Festival lineup
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Watershed Festival Announces 2015 Lineup

The Watershed Festival has announced its 2015 lineup, with big acts including Dierks Bentley, Florida Georgia Line and Carrie Underwood.

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Dierks Bentley Hot Country Knights
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Dierks Bentley’s Hot Country Knights Share the Stage With Miranda Lambert + More at CRS [WATCH]

Dierks Bentley's '90s country cover band, Hot Country Knights, made its debut at the 2015 Country Radio Seminar on Wednesday night (Feb. 25) -- and they called on some famous friends to help make the show one to remember.

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