This Fourth of July, Dierks Bentley and Luke Bryan are giving their definition of “America.” As a touring musician, Dierks has been across the country many times over. For him, no matter where he is, there is one common thread that defines America.
“Getting a chance to travel across the country on a tour bus, stepping up on stages whether it be county fairs, state fairs, arenas, rock bars, the Opry stage, anywhere across the country and looking out at that crowd and seeing people,” Dierks said. “The people, to me, are what America’s all about.”
Dierks, the son of a veteran, shows his patriotism every day, not just on the Fourth of July. “I love this country, and I love the history of this country,” he said. “I read books on this country. I spend my time on the road traveling physically throughout the country. The soldiers and their families are constantly on my mind. We work closely with the Wounded Warriors Project. We think about this stuff all the time.”
For Luke Bryan, those that respect and honor our country is what makes up America. “I think the definition of an American is somebody who stands up during the ‘Pledge of Allegiance,’” he said. “Stands up when ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ is being sung and just appreciates what all the fallen heroes and soldiers have done to keep us living in a country that’s free where we have the right to do anything we want.”
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