Frederick Dierks Bentley (born November 20, 1975) is an American singer and songwriter. In 2003, he signed to Capitol Nashville and released his eponymous debut album. Both it and its follow-up, 2005's Modern Day Drifter, are certified platinum in the United States. A third album, 2006's Long Trip Alone, is certified gold. It was followed in mid-2008 by a greatest hits package. His fourth album, Feel That Fire was released in February 2009. A bluegrass studio album, Up on the Ridge, was released on June 8, 2010, and then a sixth album, Home, followed in February 2012, as did a seventh one, Riser, in 2014. Bentley's eighth and latest album, entitled Black was released in May 2016.
Bentley in April 2010
|Birth name||Frederick Dierks Bentley|
November 20, 1975 |
Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.
|Origin||Tempe, Arizona, U.S.|
Bentley's studio albums have accounted for 25 singles on the Hot Country Songs and Country Airplay charts, of which 15 have reached number one: his debut single "What Was I Thinkin'", "Come a Little Closer", "Settle for a Slowdown", "Every Mile a Memory", "Free and Easy (Down the Road I Go)", "Feel That Fire", "Sideways", "Am I the Only One", "Home", "5-1-5-0", "I Hold On", "Drunk on a Plane", "Say You Do", "Somewhere on a Beach" and "Different for Girls". Four more of his singles have reached the top 5.
Bentley was born on November 20, 1975 in Phoenix, Arizona as the son of Leon Fife Bentley (August 16, 1923 – June 1, 2012), a bank vice-president, and Catherine Childs. His father was born in Glasgow, Missouri, to Richard Thomas and Mary Cecile Fife Bentley, and was a First Lieutenant in World War II. His middle name, Dierks (which he now uses as his first name publicly), is also his maternal great-grandmother's surname. He attended Culver Academies and graduated from The Lawrenceville School in 1993. Afterward, he spent a year at the University of Vermont (UVM) before transferring to Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, where he graduated in 1997.
2003–05: Dierks Bentley and Modern Day DrifterEdit
Bentley worked at The Nashville Network (now Spike TV), researching old footage of country performances. In 2003, Capitol Nashville released Bentley's self-titled debut album. The album's first single, "What Was I Thinkin'," reached number one on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts later that year. The next two singles from that album, "My Last Name" and "How Am I Doin'," reached No. 17 and No. 4, respectively.The album was certified Platinum by the RIAA.
Bentley's second Capitol album, Modern Day Drifter, was released in 2005. It spawned two number one singles, "Settle for a Slowdown" and "Come a Little Closer," and the top 5 hit, "Lot of Leavin' Left to Do." The album was also certified platinum.
In 2005, Bentley won the CMA Award for the Horizon Award (now Best New Artist) and was invited to be a member of the Grand Ole Opry. The induction took place on October 1, 2005. Bentley stands as the third youngest member after Carrie Underwood and Josh Turner.
2006–08: Long Trip Alone and Greatest Hits/Every Mile a Memory 2003–2008Edit
On June 10, 2006, Bentley released his third album, Long Trip Alone. The album produced two No. 1 hits, "Every Mile a Memory" in 2006 and "Free and Easy (Down the Road I Go)" in 2007. The title track reached No. 10 on the country charts. The fourth single from the album, "Trying to Stop Your Leaving," peaked at No. 5.
In 2007, Bentley released a live DVD titled Live and Loud at the Fillmore, which was filmed in Denver, Colorado.
In a March 2008 interview, Bentley said he would let his fans be the executive producers of his first greatest hits album, Greatest Hits/Every Mile a Memory 2003–2008. The album was released on May 6, 2008. An album cut, "Sweet & Wild," reached No. 51 on the Hot Country Songs chart. The song was an uncredited duet with fellow country singer Sarah Buxton.
2009–10: Feel That Fire and Up on the RidgeEdit
Bentley's fourth  studio album, Feel That Fire, was released in February 2009. Its title track, co-written by Brett Beavers and The Warren Brothers, reached top 40 in October 2008 and became his sixth number one in February 2009. The second single from the album, "Sideways," was released on March 2, 2009 and went on to become his seventh number one in the summer of 2009. The album's third and final single, "I Wanna Make You Close Your Eyes," was released on September 13, and peaked at No. 2.
Bentley released his sixth studio album, Up on the Ridge, on June 8, 2010. The title track was released to iTunes on April 20, 2010. The song peaked at No. 21 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart and became Bentley's first single to miss the top 10 since "My Last Name." The album's second single, "Draw Me a Map," was released to radio on August 23, 2010 and peaked at No. 33.
2012–13: Home and Country & Cold Cans EPEdit
Bentley's seventh album, Home, was released on February 7, 2012, led by the single, "Am I the Only One" which reached No. 1 on the Billboard Country Singles. The second single off the album is "Home", which was co-written by Bentley, Brett Beavers, and Dan Wilson (musician) also reached No. 1 on March 24, 2012. A third single, "5-1-5-0", was released shortly after "Home" fell from number one on the country chart. Dierks has been quoted by American Songwriter explaining “I wrote too many songs. I wrote 70. I wrote a lot. There’s 64 that are never going to see the light of day. That’s 64 days that I can’t get back.”
On August 21, 2012, Bentley released the Country & Cold Cans EP on iTunes. It includes five songs, including a radio edit of the track "Tip It On Back" from his album Home. Bentley paid for the studio time to record the EP himself. On October 23, Bentley and Miranda Lambert announced the co-headlined 33-show Locked and Reloaded Tour, that began on January 17, 2013.
Bentley's eighth album, Riser, was released on February 25, 2014. The album's first single, "Bourbon in Kentucky", was released to country radio on June 10, 2013. It peaked at number 45 on the Billboard Country Airplay chart, becoming Bentley's lowest charting single to date. The album's second single, "I Hold On", was released on August 26, 2013. It became his first number one on the Country Airplay chart in April 2014 and also his eleventh overall to do so. The third single, "Drunk on a Plane", followed that same month. It reached number one on Country Airplay in August 2014 and was also a strong commercial hit, reaching number 27 on the Billboard Hot 100. The album's fourth single, "Say You Do", was released on October 6, 2014. It reached at number one on Country Airplay in May 2015. The title track became the album's fifth single in June 2015.
Bentley along with Eric Paslay are featured on Charles Kelley's debut solo single, "The Driver" which was released on September 28, 2015. The song received a Grammy nomination for Best Country Duo/Group Performance for the 58th Annual Grammy Awards.
Bentley has begun releasing a series of four short films for songs from Black, with episode one being the song "I'll Be the Moon" featuring Maren Morris. The following episode serves as the video for "What the Hell Did I Say". The album's second single, "Different for Girls" featuring Elle King, was released to country radio on June 6, 2016. It reached at number one on Country Airplay in October 2016. The album's title track was released to country radio as the third single on November 14, 2016.
He was also selected as one of 30 artists to perform on "Forever Country", a mash-up track of Take Me Home, Country Roads, On the Road Again and I Will Always Love You which celebrates 50 years of the CMA Awards.
Bentley married Cassidy Black on December 17, 2005, in Mexico. They live in Nashville, with their dogs Jake (who has appeared in a few of Dierks' album covers and videos (died July 10, 2016)) and George. The couple have two daughters, born in 2008 and 2010, and a son born in 2013. The oldest child makes a vocal appearance on the song "Thinking of You."  Their son Knox was born on October 9, 2013.
On June 2, 2012, Bentley announced his father had died the previous day.
- 2006: High Times and Hangovers Tour
- 2007: Locked and Loaded Tour
- 2007: Free and Easy Summer Tour
- 2008: Throttle Wide Open Tour
- 2010: Up On The Ridge Tour
- 2011: Jägermeister Tour
- 2011: Country and Cold Cans
- 2012: Country and Cold Cans (Festivals)
- 2014: Riser Tour
- 2015: Sounds of Summer Tour
- 2016: Somewhere on a Beach Tour
- 2017: What The Hell World Tour
- 2013: Locked and Re-Loaded Tour – w/ Miranda Lambert
Awards and nominationsEdit
|2007||"Every Mile a Memory"||Best Male Country Vocal Performance||Nominated|
|Best Country Song||Nominated|
|2008||"Long Trip Alone"||Best Male Country Vocal Performance||Nominated|
|Best Country Song||Nominated|
|Long Trip Alone||Best Country Album||Nominated|
|2010||"Beautiful World" (featuring Patty Griffin)||Best Country Collaboration with Vocals||Nominated|
|2011||Up on the Ridge||Best Country Album||Nominated|
|"Bad Angel" (with Miranda Lambert and Jamey Johnson)||Best Country Collaboration with Vocals||Nominated|
|"Pride (In the Name of Love)" (with Punch Brothers & Del McCoury)||Nominated|
|2013||"Home"||Best Country Solo Performance||Nominated|
|2015||Riser||Best Country Album||Nominated|
|2016||"The Driver" (with Charles Kelley and Eric Paslay)||Best Country Duo/Group Performance||Nominated|
|2017||"Different for Girls" (with Elle King)||Best Country Duo/Group Performance||Nominated|
|2005||Dierks Bentley||Horizon Award||Won|
|2010||Dierks Bentley||Male Vocalist||Nominated|
|Up on the Ridge||Album of the Year||Nominated|
|"Bad Angel" (with Miranda Lambert and Jamey Johnson)||Musical Event||Nominated|
|2012||"Home"||Song of the Year||Nominated|
|Single of the Year||Nominated|
|Home||Album of the Year||Nominated|
|2014||Dierks Bentley||Male Vocalist of the Year||Nominated|
|Riser||Album of the Year||Nominated|
|"I Hold On"||Song of the Year||Nominated|
|"Drunk on a Plane"||Single of the Year||Nominated|
|Video of the Year||Won|
|2015||Dierks Bentley||Male Vocalist of the Year||Nominated|
|2016||Dierks Bentley||Male Vocalist of the Year||Nominated|
|Black||Album of the Year||Nominated|
|"Different for Girls" (with Elle King)||Vocal Event of the Year||Won|
|2017||Dierks Bentley||Male Vocalist of the Year||Nominated|
|2004||CMT Music Awards||Breakthrough Video of the Year; "What Was I Thinkin'"||Won|
|ACM Awards||Top New Artist||Won|
|2009||CMT Music Awards||CMT Performance of the Year — "Country Boy" with Alan Jackson, George Strait, and Brad Paisley||Won|
|2012||American Country Awards||Album of the Year — Home||Nominated|
|2016||People's Choice Awards||Favorite Male Country Artist||Nominated|
|2017||iHeartRadio Music Awards||Country Song of the Year — "Somewhere on a Beach"||Won|
|Billboard Music Awards||Top Country Collaboration — "Different For Girls" with Elle King||Nominated|
|Academy of Country Music Awards||Male Vocalist of the Year||Nominated|
|Album of the Year — Black||Nominated|
|Vocal event of the Year — "Different For Girls" with Elle King||Nominated|
|CMT Music Awards||Video of the Year — "Different For Girls" with Elle King||Nominated|
|Collaborative Video of the Year — "Different For Girls" with Elle King||Nominated|
Film and televisionEdit
|2009||The Rise of Kahne||Himself||A biography of NASCAR driver, Kasey Kahne. Bentley is featured in the DVD during an event benefiting the Kasey Kahne Foundation.|
|2012||Weeds||Himself||Sang the theme song for Season 8 Episode 9 of Showtime (TV network)|
|2014||CMT Crossroads||Himself||OneRepublic aired on March 14|
|2016–present||Academy of Country Music Awards||Himself/Co-Host||Alongside with Luke Bryan, replacing Blake Shelton|
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