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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.

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Dierks Bentley, Maren Morris Sing ‘I’ll Be the Moon’ at Red Rocks [WATCH]

Dierks Bentley surprised his Red Rocks Amphitheater audience with an appearance by Maren Morris.

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13 Years Ago: Dierks Bentley Earns First No. 1 Hit With ‘What Was I Thinkin”

On Sept. 27, 2003, Dierks Bentley earned his first No. 1 hit, with his debut single, "What Was I Thinkin'."

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Dierks Bentley Finds Satisfaction in Awards Nominations

Dierks Bentley says he is satisfied with just being nominated for awards and is most grateful for his Album of the Year nod at the 2016 CMA Awards.

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Dierks Bentley Puts Music & Miles for Kids Fundraiser on Hiatus

Dierks Bentley is taking a break from his annual Music & Miles for Kids fundraiser.

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Keith Urban, Dierks Bentley and Little Big Town Cover David Bowie [WATCH]

Little Big Town, Dierks Bentley and Keith Urban performed David Bowie's "Heroes" as part of the 'Stand Up to Cancer' TV special.

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What Jobs Did Country Stars Have Before They Got Famous?

Country stars live glamorous lives, but it hasn't always been glitz and glory for your favorite artists.

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Before They Were Famous: Country Stars’ Worst Jobs

They may be stars now, but some of country music's most popular performers really paid their dues in their early days.

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Dierks Bentley, Keith Urban and Little Big Town Will Honor David Bowie on ‘Stand Up to Cancer’ TV Special

Little Big Town, Dierks Bentley and Keith Urban will join forces for a very special performance during the Sept. 9 'Stand Up to Cancer' TV broadcast event.

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Our Favorite Country Music Pets

A photo gallery of the cutest pets in country music.

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Keith Urban, Blake Shelton and More to Honor Glen Campbell at 2016 ACM Honors

A number of country stars have been booked for a Glen Campbell tribute at the 2016 ACM Honors.

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