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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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Hear Dierks Bentley’s ‘Hold the Light’, From the Upcoming Movie ‘Only the Brave’

Dierks Bentley has released a new song, "Hold the Light," that will be part of the soundtrack for the upcoming movie 'Only the Brave'.

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Dierks Bentley Stunned By U2’s ‘Drunk on a Plane’ Cover [WATCH]

Dierks Bentley has shared footage of U2 performing a snippet of his song "Drunk on a Plane" during one of their concerts.

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14 Years Ago: Dierks Bentley’s Major-Label Debut Album Is Released

On Aug. 19, 2003, Dierks Bentley's eponymous major-label freshman album was released on Capitol Records.

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Watch Dierks Bentley, Cole Swindell Team Up at CMA Fest 2017 in 360-Degree View

See Dierks Bentley and Cole Swindell perform "Flatliner" at the 2017 CMA Music Festival in a special 360-degree video!

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For Dierks Bentley, Everyone on the Road Is Family

Dierks Bentley discusses the importance of his opening acts as well as his band and crew.

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Story Behind the Song: Dierks Bentley, ‘Black’

Dierks Bentley shares the story behind his hit single, "Black."

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