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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 Offers Advice to Songwriters: ‘Write Every Day’

Dierks Bentley knows a thing or two about writing songs: The Arizona native has penned several of his chart-topping hits, including "What Was I Thinkin'," "Free and Easy (Down the Road I Go)," "Home" and "Drunk on a Plane," among others. But before he became a successful singer-songwriter, he was just another aspiring artist, who looked to others for advice.

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Country Stars’ Best Selfies [PICTURES]

Truth: No one can beat Ellen Degeneres' famous (and star-packed) selfie at the 2014 Oscars. But country artists are pretty darn good at selfies, and they have fun taking them.

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Country Stars Plan Benefit Concerts for 2015 CMA Music Festival Week

Dierks Bentley, Clay Walker and the Oak Ridge Boys will be unofficially kicking off the the 2015 CMA Music Festival with benefit concerts in downtown Nashville.

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News Roundup: Little Kid Steals the Show at Luke Bryan Concert, Dierks Bentley and Peyton Manning Sing Johnny Cash

The Boot rounds up today's top stories from our news partners.

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How Old Do These Country Stars Look?

It seems like most country stars look quite a bit younger than their actual age, so we're putting that theory to the test.

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2015 Golden Boot Awards: Vote Now for Music Video of the Year

A readers' poll to determine the Music Video of the Year winner in The Boot's annual Golden Boot Awards.

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2016 ACM Party for a Cause Details Announced

The 2015 ACM Awards are only a day past, but details are already emerging for next year's ACM Party for a Cause.

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Dierks Bentley Performs ‘Riser’ at 2015 ACM Awards [WATCH]

Dierks Bentley performed "Riser" at the 2015 ACM Awards. Taking an elevated stage solo, with his band in the background, he started singing acoustically, before the full band joined in.

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Dierks Bentley Wins the 2015 ACM Award for Video of the Year

Dierks Bentley's "Drunk on a Plane" music video has won the Video of the Year trophy at the 2015 ACM Awards.

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12 Years Ago: Dierks Bentley Makes His Grand Ole Opry Debut

Twelve years ago today, on April 18, 2003, Dierks Bentley made his debut on the Grand Ole Opry, fulfilling a dream he had held since childhood.

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