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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 Grand Ole Opry debut
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14 Years Ago: Dierks Bentley Makes His Grand Ole Opry Debut

On April 18, 2003, Dierks Bentley made his debut on the Grand Ole Opry.

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Watch Dierks Bentley Cover Haggard’s ‘If We Make It Through December’ at Tribute

See video of Dierks Bentley performing "If We Make It Through December" by Merle Haggard.

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Dierks Bentley’s Wife Cassidy Running 2017 Boston Marathon for Nashville Charity

Dierks Bentley's wife Cassidy is running the 2017 Boston Marathon and raising money for Safe Haven, a Nashville homeless shelter.

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Male bonding reigned supreme as Dierks Bentley and Luke Bryan took the stage to open up the 2017 ACM Awards.

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Dierks Bentley Performs ‘Black’ at 2017 ACM Awards

Dierks Bentley performed at the 2017 ACM Awards on Sunday night (April 2).

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Cole Swindell, Dierks Bentley Share ‘Flatliner’ at 2017 ACM Awards

Cole Swindell and Dierks Bentley took the 2017 ACM Awards stage on Sunday night (April 2) to perform “Flatliner.”

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Luke Bryan, Dierks Bentley Tease Big 2017 ACMs Opening, Surprise Collaboration

Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley say fans won't want to miss the opening of the 2017 ACM Awards -- and tease a special collaboration.

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