Saturday, February 26, 2011

DB DVR Alert - GACTV's "The Music Inside - Waylon Jennings: Breaking the Myth"

I remember waiting for Dierks Bentley on a cold Thursday night in March 2009 by his bus after he performed at Wild Bill's in Atlanta, Georgia. When he finally appeared, he was gracious as always and signed autographs and took pictures with about 20 fans. What I remembered most is that he told us he had to get on the bus and get back to Nashville because the next day he was going to see Jessi Colter. The excitment in his eyes and voice and smile on his face, was undeniable.

Jessi Colter, Waylon Jennings widow, is the woman behind 'The Music Inside: A Collaboration Dedicated to Waylon Jennings, Vol. 1' which was released February 8, 2011. Volume 2 is scheduled for a June 14 release, the day before what would have been Waylon's 74th birthday. Volume 3 is slated to be unveiled in fall 2011, the day prior to Waylon and Jessi's 42nd wedding anniversary.

While Dierks is not included in Volume 1, he is slated for a slot in an  upcoming Volume in the series.

GACTV is airing a special, "The Music Inside - Waylon Jennings: Breaking the Myth," several times this weekend starting tonight at 9 pm.  The show follows the making of a tribute album to one of the greatest country music icons of our time. Artists as varied as Kris Kristofferson, Alabama, Jamey Johnson, Dierks Bentley, Randy Houser, Pat Green, and Jennings' widow Jessi Colter perform and pay tribute to Waylon's most celebrated songs. Alabama lead singer Randy Owens says "What an opportunity for us to go back in the studio, play and record live like we used to, and pay tribute to a TRUE legend in music...not in country music...in music period."

Set your DVRs now!  Click here to see a sneak video preview.  Get a quick glimpe of Dierks at the 1:49 minute mark.


Air Times:
February 26, 2011 9:00 PM ET
February 27, 2011 1:00 AM ET
February 27, 2011 11:00 AM ET
February 27, 2011 7:00 PM ET
March 19, 2011 9:00 PM ET

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Friends Lady A and Dierks Bentley in Webisode Wednesday

Dierks Bentley invited his friends from Lady Antebellum (Charles Kelly, Hillary Scott and Dave Haywood) to perform in LA the night before the Grammy's as a part of his Troubadour tryst, "Dierks Bentely and Friends." The group won a Grammy the next night for one of the songs in the video below:


Sunday, February 20, 2011

Dierks Debuts NASCAR version of "Sideways", Live from Daytona on FOX

In case you missed the introduction of the Daytona 500 on FOX, Dierks Bentley's new NASCAR version of his number one song, "Sideways," was the opening theme song of the broadcast today. Dierks has been commissioned by FOX Sports TV to use the song throughout the entire season, and he debuted the song live from the Daytona 500 today.  Below is the broadcast beginning, and the second video is Dierks actually performing on stage.  Listen closely to the new lyrics!






Friday, February 18, 2011

Dierks at The Troubadour: DB Congress Rep Review by Beth

"Dierks Bentley and Hollywood seem to be synonymous with a great show and this year was no exception. Hearing about this show I recalled what a great time I had at the 2008 pre-Grammy show [at the Knitting Factory] and was excited to find out what would be in store for us this time around.

The Troubadour is, to me, the essence of a vintage, Hollywood music venue -- intimate, it’s got a good vibe and it holds a fun history. With maybe 20 feet between the stage and the bar at the back of the room we knew it would be a cozy show and a set list packed with great music.

The show started off with a few of Dierks’ own songs but then he began mixing things up for the night with only one rule -- “one for the fans, one for the legends.” Shows like this are always a fun departure from the ‘normal’ show as there are no rules or set lists. With each special guest strolling out on stage, some had a plan and some, like Zac Brown, figured it out once they were out there but that’s what made it fun and kept it interesting. ‘Crossroads’ with Sam Bush was a definite highlight to the night along with the humorous ‘Diamonds Make Babies.’

Zac Brown, Dierks, Miranda Lambert

Brian Layson, Dierks, Sam Bush
I don’t like to sound clich├ęd; however, Dierks’ guest choice is a testament to the fact that you can bring artists from different genres and not just make it work but make it spectacular. Where else on earth would you find Dierks Bentley on stage with Del McCoury, the Travelin’ McCourys and Dan Auerbach from the Black Keys? It’s a kind of unique thing that only Dierks can seem to pull off and I enjoy it immensely.

Travelin' McCourys and Dierks

Dierks and Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys



Blake Shelton and Dierks: Should Miranda be worried? 


Miranda and Dierks

I will always love these shows because they are random, eclectic and fun. I am grateful Dierks still enjoys doing things like this because they are, in my opinion, some of his best shows and I’d like to think the fans enjoy them just as much as he does."


Blog and Photos by:
~Elizabeth Longnecker
DB Congress Rep, Washington

DBTV - Episode 6 - Troubadour

Dierks Bentley hosted a special pre-Grammy bash with about a dozen of his musically talented friends at The Troubadour in Los Angeles, CA on February 12, 2011.  This week's DBTV includes Miranda Lambert, Lady A, Zac Brown, Hayley Williams of Paramore, Blake Shelton, Garett Hedlund (Country Strong) Del McCoury, Sam Bush  and more. 

Watch all the way to the end when Dierks grabs the camera and shoots the crowd.  You'll see DB Congress reps Michele, Beth, Janet, Tamra, Monica and Debbie all on the front row!  Check back in a few days to see blogs from their perspective of the evening!

Monday, February 14, 2011

Early Dierks Pics From Grammy Rehearsals

Any NCIS fans out there? Dierks Bentley posed with Pauley Perrette (ABBY) during the Grammy Rehearsals.  "Me & @dierksbentley at #Grammys rehearsal! " she posted on her Twitter page on Feb. 11th.


Below that, DB autographs a guitar backstage.  Keep checking back this week for a full Troubador blog and Grammy recap.

Happy Valentine's Day From DB Congress!

Happy Valentines Day Balloo images
Love Grows Wild is one of my favorite songs on Dierks Bentley's Up On The Ridge Album.  On this 2011 Valentine's Day, my mind wandered straight to this verse:

Gave up all those valentines
Now I just want the one that's mine
I will say I love you so
When I do it,  you will know
Darling I will never go

Chorus:
Wild things grow on less than a little
And darling I know it'll be
You and me right down in the middle
Where love grows wild

Lyrics by Julie and Buddy Miller
Sung by Dierks Bentley

Such a catchy tune!  On behalf of all the DB Congress reps, we hope everyone has a Happy V-Day!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Dierks Performs at HBO Headquarters

Dierks Bentley, Big Kenny and Rivers Rutherford played at the HBO headquarters in Santa Monica, CA for the Academy of Country Music Nashville Screenwriters Conference Guitar Pull.  The ACM posted this video on their You Tube page.

"As a songwriter you just want your songs to reach as many people as possible whether through country radio and award shows like the ACMs but also tv and movies are great.  I'd be honored to have one of my songs ever in a movie or tv show.  It would be the coolest things as a songwriter." ~
Dierks Bentley

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Drummer, Steve Misamore, Opens Doors For Dierks Bentley

Steve Misamore has played drums for Dierks Bentley since the beginning.  He says it's a dream job.  Many DB fans might be surprised to know it was Steve who opened some industry doors for Dierks in 1999 that lead to the success he has today.  You can hear Steve play drums on Feel That Fire from the same album name, and on Free and Easy (Down The Road I Go) on the Long Trip Alone record.  Road Dawg Online interviewed Steve in the video below.

Road Dawg Online Interview with Steve Misamore (RoadDawg Online is an all-access pass to the world of touring drummers).

"Steve Misamore has been through it all with Dierks Bentley; from playing the bars in Nashville, to getting Dierks' demo CD to record execs, to packing sold-out arenas. In this RoadDawg interview, Steve dishes on his influences, his move to Nashville, the audition process and life on the road with Dierks."

Friday, February 11, 2011

Dierks Bentley Remembers 10 Grammy Winning Country Classics

Reposted from CMT.com:

Dierks Bentley is up for three Grammy Awards in recognition of Up on the Ridge, the bluegrass-influenced project he released last year. Along with a nod for best country album, Bentley is rooted in two slots in the category of best country collaboration with vocals: one for "Bad Angel," featuring Miranda Lambert and Jamey Johnson, and the other for "Pride (In the Name of Love)," featuring Del McCoury and the Punch Brothers.


"With this record in particular, it seems fitting to be a part of the Grammys because it's an album that encapsulates a lot of different types of music under the country music umbrella," Bentley tells CMT.com. "For me, personally, it's really exciting. It's exciting for my producer, the musicians and all the writers and collaborators on this album. I think it's a fitting way to end this album, just being nominated. It's nice to come back and have one last chance to visit Up on the Ridge and do it in the setting of the Grammys."
With the Grammy Awards scheduled to air Sunday night (Feb. 13) on CBS, Bentley shares his personal thoughts about 10 Grammy-winning country classics.

"El Paso," Marty Robbins

1960, Best Country & Western Performance

A great storytelling song by one of the greatest voices of all time in country music. It's a lost art, to have a song that really pulls you in like that.



"Foggy Mountain Breakdown," Flatt & Scruggs

1968, Best Country Performance, Duo or Group -- Vocal or Instrumental

Earl Scruggs invented the three-finger style of banjo picking that was never better played than on a song like "Foggy Mountain Breakdown." That three-finger roll is on great display there. It probably blew people's minds when they first heard that. It's not every day that somebody invents a style of playing like Earl did. It's a very deserving song.



"Folsom Prison Blues," Johnny Cash

1968, Best Country Vocal Performance, Male

That's one of the most-played songs of any bar or state fair in America. (laughs) It took me a long time to get that one out of my set list. We played it so many times. It's probably the most recognizable Johnny Cash song there is out there. It encapsulates what is so great about country songs, which is storytelling. It has that dark element to it, which draws people in.



"Forever and Ever, Amen," Randy Travis

1987, Best Country Song (Songwriters: Don Schlitz and Paul Overstreet)

What a great country voice singing a great country song. In the love song category, that's a song about never-ending devotion. You hear that pure country sound coming out at a time when country had been popped up a little bit. Here comes a guy that's a real traditional country singer with a great country love song. It was a turning point in country music.



"From the Bottle to the Bottom," Kris Kristofferson and Rita Coolidge

1973, Best Country Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group

A total innovator -- Kris Kristofferson and his writing. To think about the kind of country songs that were out in the 1970s, no one was writing the way Kristofferson was writing. The alliteration and the poetic style of writing ... but also the realness of it. It's about a real down-and-outer. It's a style of writing that he unleashed upon Nashville that nobody else had done before.



"Gentle on My Mind," Glen Campbell

1967, Best Country & Western Solo Vocal Performance, Male

1967, Best Country & Western Recording

1967, Best Country & Western Song (Songwriter: John Hartford)

1967, Best Folk Performance (for Hartford's version)

It's a great John Hartford song. I love that song so much because it allowed Hartford the financial freedom to be [himself] the rest of his life. How do you write something like that? It's so out there as a writing style. He definitely wasn't trying to write a hit. He was just writing a great song. You can tell when you listen to it, it's a song that came from his heart. It has a little bit of that left-fieldness that makes it one-of-a-kind.



"He Stopped Loving Her Today," George Jones

1980, Best Country Vocal Performance, Male

It's a song that a lot of people consider to be one of the greatest songs of all time. When it comes to great country songwriting, the best songs always leave a little twist in there for you, that you don't expect to see coming. "He Stopped Loving Her Today" is the example of the best twist, the best turn, that you can do. He did that punch you're not expecting, and he does it better than anybody. You take a great song and mix the greatest voice with it, you're going to get a Grammy.



"High Lonesome Sound," Vince Gill and Alison Krauss & Union Station

1996, Best Country Collaboration With Vocals

What a great collaboration. The harmony in that song touches anybody in any genre of music. Whether they're a country or bluegrass fan, or a rock and pop fan, you hear that and you can't help but be moved by the hauntingness of the vocals and the content of the song.



"O Death," Ralph Stanley

2001, Best Male Country Vocal Performance

Dr. Ralph represents that mountain music, that unpolished version of bluegrass. To hear someone sing so starkly like that, it's a really cool thing. And it talks about a subject matter that we all try to avoid. And he takes it straight on and talks about it! (laughs) It's a one-of-a-kind song.



"On the Road Again," Willie Nelson

1980, Best Country Song (Songwriter: Willie Nelson)

Willie Nelson at his best. It's very personal. It's about Willie and it's about his lifestyle. You wonder if other people would be able to connect with it, but people really do. They get to wear Willie's shoes a little bit and feel the vibe of the road through that song. I see myself in that song a lot. Even before I was traveling around, I just loved that song.

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Dierks Bentley Gears Up for Grammy Awards and Concert at The Troubadour

Dierks Bentley Gears Up for Grammy Awards and Concert at The Troubadour

Dierks Bentley has three Grammy nominations at this Sunday's ceremony in Los Angeles including two mentions in the Best Country Collaboration with Vocal category: "Bad Angel" with Jamey Johnson and Miranda Lambert and "Pride (In the Name of Love)" with Del McCoury and The Punch Brothers. "I'm gonna split the votes and have no chance of winning," Dierks jokes. "No, it's really cool. You know, I voted and to go down and see your name twice and to kind of have to choose between one of your two collaborations is really cool."

Dierks is also playing a pre-Grammy show at The Troubadour in Los Angeles on Saturday night, February 12th, with a few special guests. Members of Lady Antebellum are expected to be on hand, and Dierks is reaching out to artists beyond country music as well. He says, "Just trying to get some different people out from different genres and see what happens and give my fans out there a unique kind of show that will never happen again. So, we're working on collaborations and making it a lot of fun."


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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

DBTV Episode 5

In Dierks Bentley's DBTV Episode #5, he's loading up "Goldie" and heading to the studio in Asheville, NC and then on to Dallas for the Bud Light Hotel Super Bowl Sunday performance.



DB Congress Featured New Rep of the Week: Kimberly Fischer, New York

New Dierks Bentley Congress representative, Kimberly Fischer just joined the 'congrass' last week.  But she didn't always like country music.  She gives our president all the credit...
"I used to hate country music. I live on Long Island and pretty much no one here listens to it. Then I went to school in upstate NY and was surrounded by it. I still was not a fan though.  Then during my spring break I went on a trip with a group of students to Louisiana to help and clean up from Hurricane Katrina. I was going to be stuck in a van for about 25 hours each way with people that listened to nothing but country music. I was not looking forward to it.
But then I found myself starting to enjoy the music that was playing during the ride down. One of the songs that played pretty frequently and quickly became my favorite was this one called ‘What Was I Thinkin’ by this guy named Dierks Bentley. On the ride back up to school I was getting high-fived for knowing artists to certain songs. And when we were back home I went out and bought Dierks Bentley’s first two albums. I was hooked. I could not get enough of his music – or any country music. I even ended up seeing Dierks in concert which was my first country concert ever.
I recently was able to see all four of his NYC shows. During the first night I was lucky enough to have Dierks sing to me! I was wearing a long sleeved shirt over a white tank top and he even took off my long sleeved shirt!
I am now a huge country music fan and I credit Dierks Bentley for being the artist who first really got me to realize just how great country music is.
I will be seeing him again in March. Can’t wait for his new album! By the way, in the past month we just got a country radio station on Long Island so hopefully Dierks will soon have a whole new group of fans!"
Kimberly is second from the left at the Bowry Ballroom, NYC.

Dierks Bentley: 'I make decisions on the fly'


Dierks Bentley: 'I make decisions on the fly'


Posted on February 7, 2011 by Cindy Watts (The Tennessean)

Dierks Bentley has built an enviable country career with songs that range from toe-tappers to sultry ballads. But last year he threw country music for a loop when he stepped out of his commercially viable comfort zone and into the world of bluegrass with the album Up on the Ridge. The record has been a critical coup, resulting in the best reviews of his career and multiple awards show nominations. At the Grammys, the father of two is up for three awards, with two nods in best country collaboration with vocals and a mention in the best country album category.

• (Up on the Ridge) wasn't a career move. It was just a record of passion. In the country world, there's a lot of fluff that goes on and it can be more about the game than it is about the music. And this was a chance for me to work with the musicians I love and write songs we love.

• I stepped off the escalator of country music and just did something that didn't make a lot of sense to anybody.

• When I looked back on what I learned making Up on the Ridge, it is what a great town Nashville is. To make a record like this and have it be nominated for CMA album of the year and be No. 1 on the bluegrass charts for several weeks and be part of the Grammys, just all the love I've felt has reminded me of why I love Nashville so much and what a great town this is to be creative in.

• I make decisions on the fly without thinking about the implications.

• I always wanted to make a bluegrass record, and I didn't want to do it at the end of my career but in the middle.

• It really made me realize that my music has always been a blend of both of those (country and bluegrass) worlds.

• Writing for me changes with every record.

• There are some guys in town that are really smart and have it all figured out. They find two or three people and they write songs with them and they save a lot of time just writing with the same people over and over again. My style of writing is more like a shotgun blast. I write with all sorts of people, maybe they've had hits, maybe they've not.

• I probably have written more songs on my albums than anyone I know except maybe Taylor Swift. But I really discovered making the Ridge record that it's fun to listen to other songs, and I enjoyed it. There are a lot of great songs out there, and I just wanted to find something that complements the (next) record and works well in the framing of what you've already written. So I really have reached back into the community.

• Someone told me a while back, make sure you pick a hit you can live with because you're going to sing it the rest of your life.

• I think we set a model from the beginning that a lot of people followed, which was touring and touring hard and even passing up some big tours opening for 30 minutes and instead going out and playing two and a half hours in small bars. We really liked the audience in our face and being part of the show. It made us honest.

• It's the biggest cliche in country music, but the fans are my biggest takeaway. You try and not take yourself too seriously with what you do, but I take myself really seriously when I'm on stage. I know that people are there because this music is part of their lives.

• I try to avoid looking at people as part of a label or as part of a call sign for a radio station. I just like being around good people.

• I love the fact that I can be a man and be a little boy. I get to go on the road and play Xbox with the guys in the band and drink beers and play music and rock out, and then I get to come home and have a real life with real responsibilities and be a father. A man can still go be a boy, but a boy can't go out there and be a man.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Dierks Bentley's Thinkin' 'bout a Country Dance

When searching for any mention of Dierks Bentley's name on Twitter tonight, I found this:

"@DierksBentley's "What Was I Thinking" is featured in our new #wii #dance game, @Country_Dance. Just 1 of 27 hot #country songs in the game!"

So I had to Re-Tweet and reply: "*Guess you were thinking $$!"  Their response? "lol."

GameMill Entertainment announced Feb 2nd, the full set list of chart topping hits for Country Dance, available April 5, 2011 on Wii. Country Dance compiles an all-star list of CMA winners, Grammy nominees and Nashville legends that will have hips shaking and toes tapping.

Full set list includes:
•Alan Jackson, "Chattahoochee"
•Miley Cyrus, "Hoedown Throwdown"
•Brooks & Dunn, "Boot Scootin' Boogie"
•Billy Ray Cyrus, "Achy Breaky"
•Toby Keith, "A Little Less Talk"
•Dierks Bentley, "What Was I Thinking"
•Darius Rucker, "Alright"
•Gretchen Wilson, "Redneck Woman"
•Laura Bell Bundy, "Giddy On Up"
•Randy Travis, "Forever and Ever Amen"
•Tracy Byrd, "Watermelon Crawl"
•Josh Turner, "Why Don't We Just Dance"
•Luke Brian, "Ran is A Good Thing"
•Mary Chapin Carpenter, "I Feel Lucky"
•Jerrod Niemann, "Lover Lover"
•Josh Thompson, "Beer on the Table"
•Easton Corbin, "A Little More Country Than That"

Previously Announced Tracks:
•Carrie Underwood, "Cowboy Casanova"
•Brad Paisley, "Water"
•Sugarland, "Stuck Like Glue"
•Trace Adkins, "Honky Tonk Badonkadonk"
•Tim McGraw, "Just to See You Smile"
•Zac Brown Band, "Chicken Fried"
•Rascal Flatts, "Life is A Highway"
•Blake Shelton, "All About Tonight"
•Miranda Lambert, "White Liar"
•Johnny Cash, "Ring of Fire"

Country Dance lets players dance along to some of their favorite country tunes this Spring on Wii. Players will earn points moving their Wii Remote and replicating the onscreen dance moves as closely as possible. Country Dance allows players to customize their characters' look and challenge friends and family in a dance-off duel.

For more information about Country Dance, please visit http://www.game-mill/.com or follow Country Dance on twitter @Country_Dance.

Video/Audio From Dierks Bentley's Live Studio Stream - Part 3

For those of you who didn't catch the live stream, all those who did watched in silence while chat-typing for most of the week, with an occasional few seconds or minutes of audio.  So the spectators took to "naming" all the people they were seeing in the studio--collectively known as The Wolf Pack, and the fans were an extension of the Wolf Pack.  Dierks was dubbed, "Stubbs."

"I hate saying good-bye! We will never forget Blackbeard, Frobee, Sean Connery,  Blow Dryer Guy..":.



"Camera Guy, GOTR (Guy on the Right), and JR's 2 snowmen joke":



"You can hear it talk, you can hear it sing (acoustic jam)":



"Saying the final good-bye to Wolf Pack":


*Special thanks to Janet Lowe, New Jersey DB Congress Rep, for capturing and sharing all the memories!

Video/Audio From Dierks Bentley's Live Studio Stream - Part 2

More videos of Dierks Bentley's live studio stream from Janet are below. But first, here's the post on dierks.com today:

30,000 Fans Log On To Watch Dierks Record 15 Songs In Five Days

Dierks was not alone while recording his 6th studio album. Over 30,000 fans joined him in the studio via 24hr. webcam! Dierks just wrapped his marathon studio session this past Friday in Ashville and recorded 15 songs in five days.

“This entire recording process was one of the coolest experiences I’ve ever had as a singer or a musician...it was definitely intense and at times a roller coaster emotionally as we worked through the arrangements of these songs,” said Dierks. “I guess I’m still a little old school in the way I like to record..and as a fan, the way I like to listen to music. I still enjoy the process of making an album and not just a collection of singles. Letting the fans be part of that process was a total bonding experience...it was 24 hours a day, and they probably know more about me than they ever wanted to now!”

Dierks is scheduled to travel to Los Angeles to present at the Grammy Awards LIVE on CBS. He's nominated for 'Best Country Album' for Up On The Ridge and 'Best Country Collaboration With Vocals' for the album's "Bad Angel" and "Pride (In The Name Of Love)". The 53rd Annual Grammy Awards will take place on February 13, 2011 at 8pm ET/PT.

"Producer Guy":


"The Pretzels have been very important":



"What do you want to know about Skinny Jeans?":


"Guitar Guy, Bobble Head Guy, Phone Guy or Mr. Clean--102 Songs?":



"Wolf-Pack Forever - Alpha Dog - MVP - FROBEE":


Part Three coming up soon!  Check back later!

~Ronna

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Video/Audio From Dierks Bentley's Live Studio Stream - Part 1

In case you missed the fun or just want to re-live the Dierks Bentley live studio stream experience, one of our DB Congress members, Janet in New Jersey, captured Dierks and "the wolf pack" crew during the closing minutes of Friday night's final jam session.

Dierks turned on the audio for a little while. Here are the first 3 videos, where they played Bob Marley's Reggae, "One Love." (One love, one heart, let's get together and feel all right), and Hank Williams', "I Saw The Light."









More videos to come...stay tuned!

Welcome New DB Congress Reps!

Logo created by Stephanie Lanham, MO Rep
Welcome to all our newest Dierks Bentley Congress Members!

Dyanna, Florida
Holli, Nebraska
Lisa and Kimberly, New York
Kyleen, North Carolina
Stevie, South Carolilna

We're nearing 650 DB Congress members, who represent all 50 United States, Canada, Mexico, Australia, Europe, and Asia!  At 639, our goal is to reach 650 by Valentine's Day!  Can we do it?  Yes, and you can help!  Just tell all your friends who are Dierks Bentley fans to join the fan club (only $9.99 right now on dierks.com) and then join our DB family of reps who support him daily and be listed for free on the Representatives page here on dbcongress.com!

As soon as the new single is released we'll be updating the Current Campaigns page, but for now just spread the word and let's grow our family!

If any of you who have been a member of the DB Congress less than a year and would like to be considered for a "Featured New Rep of the Week" blog story, please email me at Ronna@dbcongress.com.

Dierks Bentley, Radio Host. The Thread Archives on WSM


With so much going on with Dierks Bentley right now, it's hard to keep up!  I almost forgot he still hosts a radio show on WSM 650 AM!  "The Thread" airs on Mondays at 2 pm central, so I'm usually at work, but for those of you like me who can't listen either, WSM graciously posts the audio archives on wsmonline.com!  Catch up with the October and November 2010 shows here.

Oct 4 -    Jerry Reed
Oct 25 -  That Girl
Nov 1 -   All Week Long
Nov 8 -   Rhinestone Cowboy (Glen Campbell)
Nov 15 - That 70's Show
Nov 22 - Sing Me Back Home

The only thing better than hearing Dierks sing, is to listen to him talk, tell stories, and laugh.  You get all of that in The Thread archives.

~Ronna Clark
DB Congress Chair

Dierks Bentley's Best Pick Up Line


Not only did Dierks Bentley's song, Sideways, hit the top of the Billboard charts in 2009, it also made The Boot's Top Ten list for best pick up line lyrics.  Coming in at #6 is Bentley's, "Hey, girl, what's your name?/It's so loud in here I can't hear a thing/But I sure do like your style." 

According to the Boot:

'Sideways,' Dierks Bentley Compliment a girl's clothes and you're in! Dierks shares his best lines for wooing ladies in little white tank tops. If only delivering a good pickup line were as easy as getting sideways
The song also got the attention of FOX and NASCAR, who recently commissioned DB to record and perform a special version of the song to rev up each race this season!
 
We're creating our own Top Ten List and we need your help! What Dierks "love" lyrics do you think should make the "DB Valentine's Day" list?  DB Congress reps and fans, leave a comment and we'll have a contest! 

Friday, February 4, 2011

February of Firsts For Dierks

After an emotional week long live video (and sometimes audio) feed from the recording studio in Asheville, NC, Dierks Bentley has a February full of firsts ahead of him.  Not only has no other artist ever invited fans into the recording process as they were working on an album, but modern technology allowed him to interact with fans through the U-Stream chat as well, throughout the week.  It was an awe inspiring experience to say the least!

As if that wasn't enough, Dierks will perform along with Jack Ingram at the "Bud Light Hotel," dubbed the biggest tailgate party in Dallas, prior to Super Bowl XLV on Sunday (Feb. 6). The performance will air online here.

That takes us to Feb 12, where Bentley will travel to Los Angeles for a Dierks Bentley & Friends pre-GRAMMY show at the Troubadour before presenting on February 13 at the 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards live on CBS. Bentley is nominated for Best Country Album for his critically acclaimed "Up On The Ridge," and Best Country Collaboration With Vocals for the album’s “Bad Angel” featuring Miranda Lambert and Jamey Johnson and “Pride (In The Name Of Love)” featuring Del McCoury and Punch Brothers. *Fingers crossed for the10-time Grammy nominee to bring home a trophy!

Another first for Dierks includes a commission by NASCAR to record a special version of his Number One hit, "Sideways," for Fox Sports in 2011. The song will be the theme song and air prior to all races throughout the season. Bentley will debut the song live from the Daytona 500 on February 20.  FOX is the exclusive television home to the Daytona 500 along with 12 other point races during the year.

We are so proud of our DB Congress President and wish him luck on all his "firsts" in February 2011!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Dierks Nominated for ACM Album of the Year

Dierks Bentley's name was announced as an Album of the Year nominee for the 46th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards.  The press conference was held this morning at the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum in Nashville.

Country superstars Miranda Lambert and Ronnie Dunn read the nominations live during CBS’ The Early Show broadcast.  Blake Shelton will join forces with country music star Reba to host the awards broadcast LIVE from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 3, 2011 at 8:00 PM live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network.

This nomination for "Up On The Ridge" follows a CMA and a Grammy album nod.  While the CMA went to Miranda Lambert for Revolution, the Grammy (Feb 13) and ACM awards are still up for grabs!  We know all the DB Congress feels it deserves to win.  Let's hope Storme Warren was right when he texted Dierks:  "Hold on to this text.  You will win a Grammy for this album.

Dierks tweeted and posted his feelings early this morning on facebook:
"not much sleep, songs in head. but hearing that RIDGE was nom for ACM album of the year is like a really strong cup of good good coffee"
"I want to start by saying a HUGE thx to the ACM and the voters. really special album for me. but it all comes down to the fans on this."
Then an hour later...
"of course I got to thank my girls back home. if it wasn't for them... OPPS! sorry, feel back asleep & was dwittering...dream tweet. dang"
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ALBUM OF THE YEAR [Award to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company] (TIE)

 Hemingway’s Whiskey – Kenny Chesney (BNA)
Produced by: Buddy Cannon, Kenny Chesney

 Need You Now - Lady Antebellum (Capitol Records Nashville)
Produced by: Lady Antebellum, Paul Worley

 The Guitar Song – Jamey Johnson (Mercury)
Produced by: Arlis Albritton, Dave Cobb, The Kent Hardly Playboys

 Speak Now – Taylor Swift (Big Machine Records)
Produced by: Nathan Chapman, Taylor Swift

 Up On The Ridge – Dierks Bentley (Capitol Records Nashville)
Produced by: Jon Randall Stewart

 You Get What You Give - Zac Brown Band (Southern Ground / Roar / Bigger Picture / Atlantic)
Produced by: Zac Brown, Keith Stegall