Wednesday, March 30, 2011

The Talk With Dierks Bentley - Video Clips

Dierks Bentley gets a little "couch" time on "The Talk" TV show today with hosts Sharon Osborn, Julie Chen, and Leah Remini. Watch the video clip below as DB chats about how he stays close to his wife and two daughters (and a pic of the girls!) while on the road. Plus, watch him practice his "nominee" face for the upcoming ACM Awards this Sunday, 4/3, where he's up for Album of the Year.



 
In this clip, Dierks and the guys perform the newest single, "Am I The Only One?


 
 
 
 

Video: Dierks and the "Bros" on Leno

Dierks Bentley and his "bros" Tim Sergent, Dan Hochhalter, Brian Layson, Steve Misamore and Cassady Feasby,  performed, "Am I The Only One" last night on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.  Fast forward to the last 4 minutes--at the 37:50 mark!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Quick Q&A with Dierks and Miss Willie Brown


Dierks Bentley and Miss Willie Brown are set to perform at the Hanford Fox Theater (Calif.) on Thursday, 3/31. Brandon Santiago of the Hanford Sentinel did a quick Q & A with both. Here's what they had to say about whether or not they would have auditioned for Fox's "American Idol" and what's coming up after their tour together:


Q: If you are following "American Idol" this season, who's your favorite?

Bentley: I try to catch it when I can. Steven Tyler is amazing as a judge as well as Jennifer Lopez. The one guy, that I saw that really stuck out in my mind was Jacob Rusk. That kid has got the touch of god in him with that much talent and for being so young. All of them are amazing, really, a lot of them this season are only 16 or 15 years old. I have a lot of respect for them and what they do. It takes a lot courage.
Miss Willie Brown: We don't really watch it, but we love that Steven Tyler is a judge. He's crazy as hell and just cool to watch on anything.

Q: Would you have ever auditioned for "Idol"?

Bentley: No, I admire "Idol" and the opportunities it gives these kids, but it's something I, personally, would never do. I always wanted to do my own thing and sing my own original songs and get recognized for my own work. I was just always determined to get where I am today and started by playing at bars and clubs in downtown Nashville for a tip jar for nearly 10 years.

Miss Willie Brown: No, it's something we just never decided to try. But, when we first started out, a lot of our early fans (mostly friends and family) suggested that we should do it. In the end though, we didn't do it. We do appreciate what that show does. "Idol" is great by offering a venue for these musicians to perform, because it's extremely hard to get noticed in the music industry these days.

Q: Who would be the person you would most like to work with?

Bentley: Well, fortunately, on "Up on the Ridge," I had the chance to work with a lot of people that I have always dreamed to even just meet. I guess I would have to say that maybe one day working with Bruce Springsteen would be cool. Oh, and Dwight Yoakam. He is awesome.

Kasey from Miss Willie Brown: I would love to have the chance to work with The Black Keys or Jack White.

Amanda from Miss Willie Brown: Oh, man, there's too many! OK, let me think, I'll tell you my top two - Dolly Parton and Mick Jagger. Wait, let me add one more - Kris Kristofferson.

Q: What's up next after this tour?

Bentley: Well, the new album comes out in August and then I go on the album tour. You know us country artists, we just love to tour.

Miss Willie Brown: Currently, four of our songs are on iTunes and a full-length album will be released sometime later this year.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Just a few reminders

Hey Congress!

Remember that tomorrow, 3/29/11, is the release date of 'Am I the Only One' to iTunes and other digital media outlets! Make sure you download your copy and spread the word to all your friends.

Dierks is also performing on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Tuesday night! Tune in to NBC at 11:35 pm/10:35 CST.

And then Wednesday afternoon, tune in to CBS at 2 pm/1 CST to catch Dierks again on The Talk.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Dierks Dubs Devin, 'The Interpretive Dance Guy'


Please leave a comment to welcome new Dierks Bentley Congress California rep - DevinErik! Discover his "Dierks" back-story here:


"I live out in CA, and I can tell you about some of my Dierks experiences. For starters, I've been a Dierks fan since "What Was I Thinkin'" hit radio stations everywhere. Bought his debut cd and haven't looked back. My favorite song is "Beautiful World." I won the Green Screen Contest on CMT for "Free & Easy" which was pretty cool, but that doesn't compare to my New York City trip.

So here's the story. Last October, I was sitting around checking out the fan club site when I noticed that Dierks was doing 4 consecutive shows at 4 separate venues in and around New York City. I remember thinking that it sounded like an amazing time, but I had never been to NY and didn't know anyone that lived out there. The more I thought about how awesome it would be to see the city and watch a Dierks shows each night, the more I realized I needed a vacation. So I booked it; bought tickets to all 4 shows, booked a flight, called my boss, looked for a hotel.

So the first night the show was at The Bowery Ballroom in Manhattan and I got there around 5 or 6 to scout out the line. When I arrived, there were already a dozen or so fans waiting. Luckily I ended up front and center anyway. Dierks came out pumped (coulda been the bottle of Patron he was sipping throughout the set). When he got to the line, "I guess the lord made me hard to handle," in "Lot of Leaving Left To Do," I put my fist in the air and started shaking it. Dierks continued, "So loving me might be a long shot gamble," and I let the dice fly (imaginary dice of course). Dierks almost started laughing mid song.

After finishing the song emphatically, he asked the crowd,"Can you all see this guy down here?" He was laughing in disbelief. "I looked down and saw him shaking his fist and thought, hmmm, shake-weight? Nah, couldn't be..." mocking my muscle tone (or lack thereof). Then he said, "I finally figured it out. He was rolling the dice for the 'Long shot gamble' line." He went on to describe me as an interpretive dancer and told the audience to watch for my moves and then said "Come on Devin, I expect a lot out of ya!"

The rest of the night he jabbed at me, doing some hand gestures and "moves" of his own. Later on in the evening he did a cover of George Strait's "All My Exes Live In Texas" and he had me face the crowd and hand-mime the lyrics. It was incredible.

Finally at the end of the show Dierks began to pull all of the girls wearing white tank-tops up onto the stage while rocking through "What Was I Thinking." He came over to me and yanked me up with everyone else.




I looked around a bit and noticed that I was the only one not wearing a tank-top...or was I? I unbuttoned my shirt a bit to show that I had one on under my flannel and the crowd went berserk.




When the last note of the song played and the drums given a final smash, I grabbed the mic and yelled, "We're going streaking!!!" - which got a big laugh out of Dierks...I'm pretty sure he's a big Will Ferrel fan.



The girls all started clearing the stage, but I was allowed to stay. I started river dancing to the Irish rock song he plays to close out his shows and everyone laughed. Dierks brought me into a huddle with him and the rest of the band and then we all gave an unorganized bow- again, the crowd laughed.





Of course my mind started wandering and I imagined myself tearing up New York all night with the crew, but it all ended with a signed photo of Dierks that said "THX Bret, God Bless" - guess the Patron made him forget my name a bit. But to me it was perfect. The perfect ending to the perfect day.

During my October 2010 trip to NYC, I made a music video of my Dierks trip: "Love Grows Wild." 



Last month I was lucky enough to watch the Dierks & Friends show at the Troubadour in West Hollywood, CA and Dierks came right over to me at the end and said, "The interpretive dance guy, right?" - yup, that's me.

It is a personal goal of mine to someday write a song with or for Dierks, but for now I'll settle for being someone that he recognizes as a fan. He is a fantastic musician and a cool dude. Thanks for letting me share!

Glad to be a part of the congress!"

-The Interpretive Dance Guy (DevinErik)
DB Congress Rep, California

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Am I The Only One? - Story Behind the Lyrics written by Dierks Bentley, Jim Beavers and Jon Randall

From Taste of Country...

Dierks Bentley has given fans a taste of what’s to come from his upcoming album this week with the release of its first single, ‘Am I the Only One.’ The fun party tune will have you ready for summer, but that was the furthest weather condition when the songwriters — Bentley, Jim Beavers and Jon Randall — penned the song.

“We wrote this tune one day out at some land Dierks has in Leiper’s Fork, Tennessee,” Beavers tells Taste of Country. “All that is out there is a tent-like structure on top of a hill. We call it ‘Up on the Ridge’ [same name as Dierks' last album] for obvious reasons. It was cold that day, and we huddled around this little space heater, trying to keep our hands warm and guitars in tune. Although we are all buddies, this was the first time Dierks, Jon and I had all written together.”

Beavers entered the writing session with an idea already in his head: “Am I the only one who wants to have fun tonight?”

“I had no idea what it meant or what it could be about,” Beavers says, who is also a co-writer on Bentley’s ‘Sideways.’ “The guys quickly jumped on it, and we decided to try to write a modern day ‘All My Rowdy Friends Have Settled Down’ tune.”

The song’s chorus does just that as Bentley sings:
“Am I the only one who wants to have fun tonight? / Is there anybody out there wants to have a cold beer and kick it to the morning light? / If I have to raise hell all by myself, I will, but y’all, that ain’t right / Yeah it’s time to get it on / Am I the only one that wants to have fun tonight?”

“Everything from there just kind of flowed out so easily,” Bentley says. “We came up with the storyline and injected some of my actual real friends’ names into the song.”

“We had a lot of fun coming up with what names to use in the first verse,” adds Beavers. “We quickly learned that not all names necessarily rhyme with radio-friendly lyrics.”

“Well Wildman Willie said, ‘I’d like to really,’ but ‘Idol’ was on TV / And Ray had a date with his wife / And Nate quit drinking, but he didn’t tell me,” Bentley sings in the opening verse.

“This song really helps get the party started as soon as we hit the stage,” Bentley says. “It’s been fun to play live, and I can’t wait to hear what the fans think when they hear the record.”

SOURCE: Dierks Bentley, ‘Am I the Only One’ – Lyrics Uncovered

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Dierks Bentley - "Am I The Only One" - Single Review by Roughstock

Dierks Bentley - "Am I The Only One"


By: Matt Bjorke

Well spring is officially here but country music programmers are already getting music perfectly suited for the summertime with singles coming to country radio that are perfectly suited for being played with the windows rolled down and you proudly and gleefully singing along (albeit badly). At least that’s the hope that artists, labels and radio hope for when releasing these type of songs. After a rootsy detour with the artistically satisfying Up On The Ridge album, Dierks Bentley returns with a rockin, T-Shirt ready tune that recalls his career-starting tune “What Was I Thinkin’.”

Written By Dierks with Jim Beavers and co-producer Jon Randall, “Am I The Only One” finds Dierks completely in honky tonkin’ mode with a light-hearted party anthem that is certain to become the new radio quittin’ time anthem. The lyrics aren’t meant to be deepand they aren’t (they deal with a man who wants to go out for a good time but his buddies don’t) but in terms of a fun country rocker that anyone – guy or girl – can relate too, Dierks certainly has a winner on his hands with “Am I The Only One.”

While there will be some people who hate this song (likely those who loved “Ridge” but disliked “Feel That fire” or “Sideways”), there are likely to be a lot more people who really, really like this song. As an identifiable radio star, Dierks Bentley is likely to easily score a sizeable radio hit and could even get a Gold or Platinum-selling digital single out of this tune as well.

Dierks Discusses Album-in-Progress

Journalist Chris Willman wrote an impressive, insightful article about our DB Congress president's upcoming album. Thanks, Chris! We are definitely serious Dierks Bentley fans and we appreciate you sending us your story and all the great sneak peaks on the songs and lyrics!

Dierks Bentley Talks New Single, Previews Album-in-Progress

Dierks Bentley recently invited a handful of influential radio programmers to come to a Nashville studio and hear a half-dozen of the new tracks he's working on—and we were on the scene. If you've asked yourself "Am I the only one (who can't wait to hear Dierks' next one)," no, you're hardly alone, and we've got a tantalizing sneak preview of what you can expect when the album comes out in July or August..

Of course, serious Bentley fans are already well aware of the first single, "Am I the Only One," which arrived at country radio this week, and which goes on sale at iTunes March 29. (He's also been performing the tune in concert) Being a party anthem in the tradition of "Sideways," "Am I the Only One" is an obvious choice for the album's leadoff single... obvious maybe to everyone but Dierks, anyway..

"We were playing different songs for the label," the singer explained, "and I hadn't played this one for (Capitol Nashville head Mike) Dungan or anyone yet. I was sitting there with my eyes closed, smiling and singing along with the song and having a great time, when I feel something hit me in the head. I'm thinking, what was that? And Dungan's looking at me and says, 'That's your [expletive] single!... Where has that been? You had me worried, brother!' I said, 'Hey, we're still working on the record!' I'd never had someone throw a book at me. But if you know Mike, that's the way he is—passionate. When the president of your label throws something at you, it's pretty wild.".

Here's something wilder: The other five tracks we heard from the album were even better—even if Dungan wasn't necessarily wrong about the pick for first single..

It seems almost inconceivable that the second single from the project won't be country-classic-in-the-making "Diamonds Make Babies." It's shaped in the form of a warning to a friend who is about to propose to a girlfriend. At some stops on his current tour, Bentley has even been picking engaged couples out of the crowd to serenade them with the cautionary tale. Lyrics include:.

That thing is more than a simple stone.

It's got some crazy powers all its own....

Diamonds make babies.

And babies make mamas.

And mamas make daddies make changes they don't always wanna....

As domestic as this song is, it sounds a little like one of his most famously anti-domestic tunes. "It's got a little bit of that 'Lot of Leavin' Left to Do' sound in the mix somewhere," he said. "I tried to get a little bit of a Waylon thing, with Paul Franklin playing steel guitar again, but also give it a fresh feel." .

Bentley didn't write "Diamonds Make Babies," though; Jim Beavers and Chris Stapleton did. He explained: "This record, I really listened for as many outside songs as possible. Every song I've ever put out to country radio before has been stuff that I've written. I know this is kind of the opposite approach of what most (country) people are trying to do. A lot of people would love to write more of their own songs and have them on the radio, but I'm dying to find some outside stuff. I started writing for this record in October, but my producer and I also listened to thousands of songs. I took my first road trip to Asheville"—the North Carolina city where he's been recording the album—"just to listen to songs for 10 hours. On this album I actually cut four outside songs, that being one of them, which is great, because I just hadn't done that enough.".

Dierks slowed down the pace by playing a couple of ballads in the "Settle for a Slowdown" vein. "When You Gonna Come Around" brilliantly encapsulates the mixed emotions of a guy who's in love with a sweet but wary girl and tiring of waiting for their slow-starting relationship to move from friendship mode into the next gear. "We've never been together, it's just something we talk about," he sings early on in the song, before getting to the crux of the matter:.

I've been waiting with a heart full of love just for you to say it feels right enough.

I've been waiting and I'm wondering when you're gonna give in and just give it up.

Your love is the sweetest thing I have ever found.

So when you gonna come around.

Rest assured that hearts will melt like Hershey's in Tennessee humidity when that one comes around to country radio..

But the same could be said of "You're Still in My Heart in My Head," which isn't any less emotionally primal for being a little more cleverly phrased. "I don't have to be alone tonight," he sings, going on to explain the poignant conditions of his non-solitude: "You never left, in my head... You're still in that T-shirt on my bed/You're ever song that's on/You're gone/But you're in my arms in my head." It's the kind of lost-love anthem that gives mopeyness a grand name..

Next up at Bentley's listening session was "Home," which he described as "definitely my favorite," in spite of—or maybe because of—it having "a little different kind of feel," to say the least. It's the rare non-relationship song in his catalog, unless we're counting a man's relationship with his country (as in nation, not music). He wrote it with ex-Semisonic rocker turned high-end song doc Dan Wilson, who plays guitar and piano on the track. Bentley said that he was thinking of the way an act like Mumford & Sons might write about their country, "although theirs is a lot smaller" and possibly easier to get a grasp on..

"In my home state, in Tucson, that shooting tragedy had just happened. I was thinking about it all the time, in the back of my head. It's slightly connected to that, in a way," he said, although the lyrics about the "blessed motherland" don't directly reference the incident. Sample lyric: "Scars, yeah, she's got her scars/Sometimes it starts to worry me/I don't want to lose sight of who we are...".

But of course Bentley was bound to bring things back down—in this case, with a preview of a song called "Bring It Back Down," which on first listen sounded like a wordier, lighter, and more uptempo variation on "Come a Little Closer." The verses provide a laundry list of contemporary distractions—celebrity culture, talk radio, YouTube, rampant consumerism—while the chorus proposes finding a place to shut all that out: "With nothing but the sound of a whipporwill playing/Let's get lost in the love we're making.".

Bentley hasn't exactly been slacking on the job these last few years, with albums as strong as last year's quasi-bluegrass departure, Up on the Ridge. But as the songs I've been using as comparisons—"Lot of Leavin'," "Slowdown," "Come a Little Closer"—might suggest, his sophomore effort, 2005's Modern Day Drifter, remains a hard benchmark to beat. If the rest of the material is as strong as what he pulled out to preview, this one could shape up as his strongest since then and be a contender for country album of the year..

Getting outside of Nashville for the recording has helped inspire him, he said. Up on the Ridge ended up being recorded largely in New York after a Nashville start, and "it was the last place you'd think of to go to make a country-bluegrass kind of thing," as he points out. This time, he figured Asheville was just far enough away to escape the buzz-killing, too-close-to-home vibe..

"Every time you get to make a record, you appreciate how lucky you are, and I take each one less for granted than the one before. This time, it was so fun to be away from Nashville. I've been here for 16 years, and I love this town. But, and I know it's hard to believe, it really can become almost like an office environment, being in the studio here. Everyone's thinking about their families when 5:00 rolls around. So for this record we went to Asheville and took some of the best guys in this town and got 'em on my bus and drove out there. We got guys who aren't used to doing this kind of thing, guys that get paid triple-scale for sessions, loading in their own gear in this little studio. I really wanted the best musicians in the world playing on the record, but I wanted it in a way that feels like a band. My vocals were done going down with the band. Everything has the spirit of the moment. We'd start at maybe 12 in the afternoon, recording till 12 at night, just hanging out till 2 in the morning and then getting up late—trying to do it the right way, in a little more rock 'n' roll kind of a place. We were going for new sounds. [From the last record] I missed the kick drum, I missed the electric guitar, I missed the bass. I really wanted to throw all that back in there but keep some of those other instruments that kind of define my sound—the banjo the mandolin...".

Taking your esteemed session players to another city, away from their families, to a keg-friendly studio is one way to make sure you're not "the only one who wants to have fun tonight.".

Follow Chris on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/ChrisWillman.

Listen to Dierks' New Single, "Am I The Only One" & Enter to win an iPad 2!

Dierks Bentley's new single is barely two days old and he's already working on the video!

"shooting AM I THE ONLY ONE video today....haven't even started and I already cant wait to see it. should be pretty funny..." - DB via Twitter

You can hear the entire song and enter to win an iPad 2 and a signed limited edition poster! Click on the graphic below! Good luck! Keep campaigning country radio to play "Am I The Only One"!

DBTV - Episode 10 - First Week of Jager Tour

Check out this week's DBTV episode where Dieks Bentley takes us along for the "free and easy" ride on his first week of the Jagermeister Country Tour.  Shows included "fist-pumping" crowds in Connecticut, New Jersey and Pennsylvania:

Monday, March 21, 2011

Married Couple-To-Be Come A Lot Closer to Dierks in CT!

If you ever had any doubt about Dierks Bentley's humbleness and generosity--this is the story that will change  your mind. Ryan Miller is a Dierks Bentley Fan Club member (DB Congress) and lives in Stratford, Connecticut.

Ryan Miller's Dierks Bentley Concert Experience
3/17/11 - Wallingford, Connecticut:

Last Thursday, I had an amazing experience thanks to Dierks Bentley in Wallingford, Connecticut. Approximately one hour into his energetic set, Dierks asked the crowd "is anyone out here getting married?" My fiance and I were sitting in the first row so we raised our hands and Dierks came over to us. He handed me his microphone stand and invited us up to the stage where he was sitting. He then asked me what date we were getting married (April 30, 2011), looked at her ring, made a bunch of jokes with us. He then sang a new song to us called, "Diamonds Make Babies". The song was hysterical and had a clear and humorous message. He even handed me the mic a few times to sing a few lines with him.


Then during last song of his set Dierks again came over to me and said into the microphone "I'm taking your girl up here, okay?" I, of course, said sure and he pulled her up on stage. At this point he started singing "Come A Little Closer" to her. Towards the end of the song, he gave her the microphone to hold to the crowd and the entire Oakdale Theatre started singing the song back to her. He did this three times on the sides of the stage with her when he suddenly ran away leaving Amy on stage by herself holding the microphone to the crowd. She didn't realize he had run away from her and when she turned around to give him the microphone back, she had no idea what to do. She ran over to me and gave me the microphone and I sang "I feel like laying you down" back to her. He then came back out to save her (and he was laughing hysterically). He then waved to me and I jumped up on the stage and followed them backstage.



Backstage he took a picture with us and actually said "thank you guys for making that so much fun for me". We responded by saying that he shouldn't be thanking us, that we needed to thank him because it was such an amazing experience. I cannot thank Dierks enough for the once in a lifetime experience he gave my fiance and I. We are truly humbled and grateful for how amazing he is to his fans.

Thanks for sharing your story, Ryan!  We wish you and Amy years of happiness and much "dierksness!"

Dierks Debuts Lead Single "Am I The Only One" From Upcoming Album

Come on, come on, get your good time on! Check out Dierks Bentley in the video on dierks.com talking about his new single, 'Am I The Only One?', which shipped to radio today!  Let's go DB Congress! Request, Request, Request!

This article was posted on dierks.com today:

Dierks is introducing his sixth Capitol Nashville studio project with the rowdy sing-a-long party song “Am I The Only One,” shipping to radio today. Fans can stream the song this week through Dierks' social networks and will be able to purchase through iTunes beginning March 29.

“We just kicked off the Jager Tour this past weekend, and the song is already killing it out there,” says Dierks. “The fans are singing the second and third choruses with fists in the air. I decided to stage dive Sat. night and by Sun. night in Pittsburgh the fans were crowd surfing before I even hit the stage. They haven’t been shy about letting me know that I’m not the ‘only one!’ We recorded a lot of fun, uptempo songs for the new record, so we’re going to be rocking the whole year.”

Written by Dierks, Jim Beavers and Jon Randall, the new song was recorded at Echo Mountain Studio in Asheville, NC, where Dierks and the other musicians lived and recorded 15 songs for the new project in only five days. Over 35,000 fans tuned in and streamed the recording process that Dierks made available to them through a 24 hour web cam.

For a video about the making of “Am I The Only One,” click HERE.

Dierks will debut “Am I The Only One” on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno next Tues., March 29. He will also perform the new song the following day on CBS’ The Talk and the 46th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards live from Las Vegas on Sun., April 3 where he is nominated for “Album of the Year.”

Dierks' new album follows in the footsteps of his critically acclaimed UP ON THE RIDGE, which earned Album of the Year nominations at the ACM, CMA and GRAMMY Awards this year. His previous five albums have sold over five million copies, earned 10 GRAMMY nominations, have spawned seven No. one hits (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”) and 12 Top 10 hits.

Dierks is testing the new music for fans on the road while headlining the 30-city 2011 J√ĄGERMEISTER COUNTRY TOUR which treks to Lewiston, ME, Poughkeepsie, NY, Reading, PA and Westbury, NY this week. The tour runs through mid-May and features special guest Josh Thompson and Miss Willie Brown.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

KVET 98.1 Austin's Dierks Bentley Video Interview

KVET 98.1 Austin shares their video interview with Dierks Bentley:

Bad Angel on the Top Ten List of "Not a single...yet"

The Boot picked ten tracks that are not singles...yet, and Dierks Bentley's 'Bad Angel' featuring Miranda Lambert and Jamey Johnson is #2!  Wouldn't that be great if the song was a single?!  But unless DB adds the song to his new upcoming August album, it's not likely to happen.  Too bad, because it has the potential to be a number one hit!

"Dierks took a trip 'Up on The Ridge,' veering away from mainstream country in favor of a bluegrass-inspired sound. 'Bad Angel' with Miranda and Jamey is arguably the most intriguing track on the Grammy-nominated project. The featured voices give the song a modern-day Buddy & Julie Miller feel, and offers more than enough star power to catch radio's attention."

Read the entire story, "Top 10 Country Songs That Aren't Singles ... Yet," here.









Dierks Does a Stage Dive in Jersey!

Dierks Bentley decided to trust the New Jersey crowd last night in Sayreville at the Starland Ballroom. As one fan (Andrew DelGrosso) on Twitter put it: "DUDE EPIC SHOW! IM THE GUY WHO CONVINCED YOU TO STAGE DIVE! DONT WORRY I CAUGHT YOU! THANKS FOR THE AUTOGRAPH."

Dierks later tweeted this photo and caption:

"stage diving pic from last night. thanks for having my back New Jersey!"

 

Dierks performs tonight in Atlantic City at the Showboat Hotel & Casino.

I am hoping someday this DB Congress chair will get to experience that Dierks Dive in person!

~Ronna
DB Congress Chair
 

Dierks in Mercedes, Texas

Wanna see a whole Dierks Bentley concert in 24 minutes?  Check out this fan's compilation of the Livestock Mercedes, TX show on March 11, 2011!  Dierks sings new songs and tells stories--almost like being there! I think he had the crowd from,  "I know Texas is it's own country basically."



Thursday, March 17, 2011

Video: Am I The Only One? Dierks at Rodeo Austin

Thanks to kase101fm for posting this video on You Tube of Dierks Bentley singing his new single, "Am I The Only One," at Rodeo Austin on Monday, March 14, 2011!

Dierks Announces Next Single: Am I The Only One?


Dierks Bentley announces his next single will be, "Am I the Only One?" in this interview:

Dierks Bentley Ready to Rock: Country star leads Jagermeister tour into House of Blues
By ROBERT DiGIACOMO, For At The Shore pressofAtlanticCity.com


Dierks Bentley is planning a party for Atlantic City. "My goal with every show is to leave everyone in the room without any voice," says Bentley, who headlines this year's Jagermeister Country Tour, which makes a stop this weekend at the House of Blues, inside the Showboat Casino-Hotel.

"I want them to scream and yell. I want it to be the most fun time of the year for the fans who come to these shows. When you're sponsored by Jagermeister, you might as well throw it all out there."

Bentley, who is one of the most popular Nashville artists to emerge during the past decade, arrives in Atlantic City following last year's well-received all-acoustic record, "Up on the Ridge" (Capitol Records).

He plans to include some of that material in a special set, as well as preview his new single - "Am I the Only One?" - from his forthcoming album.

Ahead of the show, he talks about his surprising New Jersey connection and why he never aspired to be the next Garth Brooks.

Question: Not many Nashville stars attend high school in New Jersey. How did you land at The Lawrenceville School?

Answer: I grew up in Phoenix, and lived there for the first 14 years of my life. I had troubles in my younger adolescence, and my parents decided to send me away to boarding school.

If I hadn't gone there, I would never have discovered country music. I made some great friends - and had a love of Jersey girls - but country reminded me of home and Arizona.

Q: Did being a kid from the Southwest, by way of Jersey, make it harder to break into Nashville?

A: It's weird, growing up in Arizona, I thought country music was Western music. When I got to Nashville, I realized it's a big Southwestern thing. I grew up where Waylon Jennings got his start, and Marty Robbins.

Q: What was it like when you moved to Nashville at age 19?

A: I didn't know anybody. I had to start from the ground up. It was a classic story of persistence and determination paying off in the end. I worked nonstop, pounding on doors and playing bars for tips.  It took about eight years to get a record deal.

Q: Unlike many fledgling country artists in the mid-'90s, though, you didn't want to be the next Garth Brooks. Why not?

A: I wasn't in love with the music coming out at the time. Everyone was trying to be Garth Brooks. I love Garth Brooks, but it wasn't my thing to wear a cowboy hat.

Q: Instead, you learned a lot from the bluegrass artists who played at Nashville's Station Inn, and came full circle with your last album, "Up on the Ridge." What inspired you to go unplugged now?

A: I'd been on the road for about six years. I realized I was losing creativity. I wanted to make a heavily bluegrass, country music record.

That meant I was stepping away from the game a bit. I made a record I poured my heart into.

Q: For your next project, you're changing direction again?



A: I spent the last five months working on a record coming out in August. It's electric country, with a lot of bass and drums.

The first song is a big party song. It's called "Am I the Only One?" and it's a song about trying to drag your buddies out to have a good time.

Q: Is there anything else on your mind before we go?

A: If The Boss is reading this, I would love to have him get out to the show.

Q: You must have crossed paths with Bruce Springsteen at some point?

A: I haven't met him, but several people close to him told me was a fan of "Up on the Ridge." That means a lot to me.

Happy Dierksday St. Patrick's Day Thursday!

Today is March 17, 2011--the first official day of Dierks Bentley's Jagermeister Country Tour! Good luck and safe travels to our president (Dierks), Tim, Steve, Cassady, Brian, Dan, Chris and Brittany, and crew, and all the DRT (Dierks Road Trip) DB Congress reps traveling to the show tonight in Wallingford, CT!

Street Sign images
St Patricks Day Graphics

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Dierks Makes the Radio Rounds in Austin

While in Austin, TX recently, Dierks visited a couple of radio stations around town talking about everything from the new tour to his home life. If you don't live in the Austin area and didn't catch the interviews, you can watch them below!



Monday, March 14, 2011

Two New Campaigns to Vote for Dierks!

While we're waiting for the new single to hit radio, we can still vote for our DB Congress president--Dierks Bentley! Check out these two campaigns and come back daily to vote at these links! If you find more websites where we can vote for Dierks, let us know so we can add the link!

Who is Country's Hottest Hunk?  US1035 in Tampa, Florida says, "We know March is the time of year your man is pre-occupied with basketball so, here at US 103.5, we have decided to give you your own, special bracket to have some fun with." It's Bentley vs. Brown (Dierks v. Zac)for the vote in this week one contest! Let's get him to round two!  Click here to vote.

Campaign number two comes to us from Charlotte, NC's 96.9--The Kat. Vote for our country cutie (Dierks) who goes up against Jerrod Nieman this week! "We've compiled a collection of the 64 hottest guys and ladies in Country music, and we need you to tell us which ones are the best of the best! Cast your votes round by round to narrow the field. The competition will be close, but there can only be one winner! Vote as often as you like."  Vote here!

Let's go DB Congress! Show our prez. that we can vote him to the top!

Friday, March 11, 2011

Dierks Kicks Off 2011 Miles & Music For Kids in Columbus, Ohio May 22

Dierks announced today that he will once again take his Miles and Music for Kids charity motorcycle ride and concert on the road in 2011, kicking off this year in Columbus, OH on May 22. Over the series’ five-year history, Dierks has raised over $1.5 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and plans to donate this event’s proceeds to Columbus’ Nationwide Children’s Hospital. (Photo credit: Janet Marlborough)

“I’ve been waiting for the next Miles and Music and some warm weather to get my bike out!” said Dierks. “Really looking forward to spending time in Nationwide’s hometown of Columbus…they do such great things for their community and have been great supporters of our events over the years...excited to have some friends come along and help us raise some money for the kids in Columbus.”
The ride will depart from the A.D. Farrow Co. Harley-Davidson Dealership (7754 St. Rt. 37 E., Sunbury, OH 43074) for the hour and a half long ride that ends at the LC Pavilion (405 Neil Ave., Columbus, OH 43215) for the concert portion of the event featuring Bentley and special guests Joe Nichols, Josh Thompson, Uncle Kracker and Miss Willie Brown.

Tickets for the family-friendly event go on sale next Fri., March 18 at 10:00A ET through Ticketmaster. Fans can purchase a ride and concert ticket for $40 or a general admission concert ticket for $20. Limited VIP packages are also available.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

DBTV - Episode 9: Prepping for the Tour

Dierks Bentley and the band are getting ready for the spring tour and he says he wants everyone to leave the Jaegermeister Country show with no voice. "I want these fans to come out and just be yelling and screaming..."

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Dierks DVR Alert: Dierks Hosts GACTV 2011 ACM Video Preview


GACTV brings you up to speed on this year's ACM nominees. Don't miss this special as we take you up on the ridge with host Dierks Bentley. You'll get the highlights and insights on the nominees and hear why they're so excited to be nominated. We look at the top nominees for Entertainer...Album (Dierks!)...Male & Female Vocalists...and Duo/Group of the Year. We 'got the inside scoop, here on GAC.

Air Times:
March 05, 2011 2:00 PM ET
March 06, 2011 4:00 PM ET
March 12, 2011 9:00 PM ET
March 13, 2011 1:00 AM ET
March 13, 2011 10:00 AM ET

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Listen to Dierks Dish on Daytona

Normally, Dierks Bentley loves to hear the crowd sing along to his lyrics--but this time was different.  Listen as Pittsburgh's Y108 Monty and Zeke talk to Dierks about his new NASCAR version of Sideways, and the challenge of singing it live to fans.  Dierks will perform at Stage AE on the North Shore on March 20!

DBTV - Episode 8 - Big White Technologies

Watch as Dierks Bentley shows us how the great innovations from his Big White Technologies will catch on to the general public! Listen for the Big White story behind the song, "Wish It Would Break."

Tuesday, March 1, 2011