Dierks Bentley sings “Rovin’ Gambler”
Dierks Bentley grew up in Phoenix Arizona. He did not come from a musical family so he began his own musical journey by listening to records. He moved to Nashville when he was 19 years old. The lack of professional and public interest in his music, however, made him grow discouraged. It would only take an all-night jam session at the Station Inn that would change it all for him.
This reinspiration led him to begin booking more gigs and eventually landed a job at the TNN television network doing research on classic country music. Bentley remained focus on his job during office hours and would work on his demos at night. In 2003 he was picked up by Capitol Records and released his first self-titled album. His hit “What Was I Thinkin’?” was among the tracks on his record.
Modern Day Drifter followed two years later and was influenced by his love for Merle Haggard and Waylon Jenningsmore. It became a Top Ten Hit. In 2006, he returned with Long Trip Alone, it was more commercial but not crass. Greatest Hits: Every Mile a Memory arrived in 2008, although it seemed perhaps a bit early in his career for a compilation. His fourth album, Feel That Fire, was released in early 2009, which was followed by the bluegrass-themed Up on the Ridge in 2010.
Bentley road tested a dozen new songs on tour and this compilation lead to the artist’s sixth album, Home in 2012. It was an eclectic and featured guest spots from Little Big Town‘s Karen Fairchild as well as Tim O’Brien and Sam Bush, among others. Capitol issued his self-funded EP, Country and Cold Cans, that summer. He had begun sessions for what would be his seventh full-length release for the label in 11 years. “Bourbon in Kentucky,” a duet with Kacey Musgraves, was the first single from the sessions. It ended up being a flop upon its June 2013 release and didn’t go further than number 40 on the Billboard Country charts. A second single, “I Hold On,” quickly followed, making it into the Top Ten, but the lack of success of “Bourbon in Kentucky” was a factor in pushing back the release of Riser which didn’t appear until February 2014. Bentley rebounded with this album release however. The album debuted at number one on Billboard’s Country charts, went to six on the Top 200, and generated three major hits: “I Hold On” and “Drunk on a Plane,” which both peaked at three on the U.S. Hot Country chart and went platinum, and “Say You Do” which topped out at five. The title track sustained momentum on radio in 2015. In early 2016 he returned with “Somewhere on a Beach,” the first single from his eighth album, Black. Both the single and album topped Billboard’s country charts with Black also landing the number two spot on the Top 200. Bentley returned in early 2018 with “Women, Amen,” the lead single from his album The Mountain. To find out more, visit https://www.dierks.com/bio.