Grace Lenehan is a long time member of the Dierks Bentley Congress, representing Ohio. But this summer she interned for Sirius XM The Highway and on her last day, Storme Warren surprised her with getting Dierks to stop by the studio on August 14.
Grace found an emotional connection with Dierks's music after watching him perform Long Trip Alone on the Opry on GAC TV in 2006.
Right before he played the song he said, “I don’t know if you’re the praying kind, but if you are, make this your prayer tonight.” I realized that listening to the song in that way put an entirely new meaning on it, and it really hit me hard. Many artists have music that have said something to me...but Dierks’ music was the first one to really hit me in the face and make me fall in love with country music.During his visit to The Highway, Dierks did an on-air interview with Storme, who will also be hosting Dierks' Miles and Music For Kids event in Nashville, September 28 at the Riverfront. Dierks admitted that DB Congress flocked his yard and Storme mentioned Grace was a DB Congress member and she told him she had been to a few Last Call Balls "back in the day." I had the pleasure of meeting Grace and her mom Carrie at Last Call Ball in 2009.
At the end of the interview, Dierks said he would be filming his next video that weekend for "Say You Do," so I think it's safe to say that's the next single!
Grace was so surprised by his visit, she said that her summer was "complete" and tells how much Dierks and his music means to her in this blog. She also got a chance to tell Dierks he was one of the artists that got her into country music, and Dierks thought that was the best compliment!
You can listen to the 20 minute audio of the interview with Dierks here.
One of my favorite parts of the audio is toward the end when Dierks reminds everyone again that Grace is a part of the DB Congress. That emotional connection keeps us fans for life!
DB Congress Chair (FL)