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Dec 25

Dierks Bentley Becomes A Kid Again At Christmas

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Dierks Bentley loves Christmas, especially now that he has a family of his own. The father of three young children, he believes adults revert back to childhood when they become parents.

“Christmas didn’t lose any of its real meaning,” he said, “but as far as like the whole tree and all of the Christmas spirit stuff, the secular stuff, it just kind of goes away, to be honest. But then you have a family, and all of a sudden it’s like I’m all Clark Griswold out there decorating the tree, putting lights up around the house. All of those things that you did as a kid and appreciated as a kid, you get a chance to do over again when you have kids, because you kinda become one again.”

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Nov 27

Country Stars Share Their Favorite Thanksgiving Dishes


Food takes center stage on Thanksgiving, and like us, country stars have their favorite dishes. For Dierks Bentley, no Thanksgiving meal is complete without turkey. For years, turkey duty fell to his father. Now that he has passed on, Bentley has stepped up to the carving plate.

“Thanksgiving is not possible without a turkey,” he said. “My dad’s always been the one to cook and carve it, but in years here recently, I’ve been taking over those duties. Big responsibility.”

Dierks and his family go the traditional route of roasting the turkey in the oven but a few years ago, they decided to drop the bird into a deep fryer. Deep-fried turkey earned the Dierks Bentley stamp of approval, but he’s happy to eat turkey any way it’s served.

“You really can’t cook a turkey wrong,” he said. “I’m gonna eat it any way, and I have over the years. Trust me, I’ve played a lot of county and state fairs, where I’ve seen gigantic turkey legs. I’ve had the flat meat. I’ve done turkey every way you could do it. I’m pretty good any way you want to cook it up, but you’ve got to have a turkey for Thanksgiving.”

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Oct 30

Country Stars Share Favorite Halloween Memories

Hillary Scott's Halloween Costume as a Kid

Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott shared this Halloween photo from her childhood.

Halloween — typically, jack-o’-lanterns, witches, and, of course, candy come to mind at the mention of this holiday. But one country star associates Halloween with fireworks.

“When I was a kid, I was all into fireworks,” Dierks Bentley said. “Growing up in Arizona, we couldn’t get them, so we’d have them shipped in illegally. I still remember the name of the guy we’d call. His name was Joe, and he’d ship them in a package with no writing on them. We were all about M-80s in the mailboxes and bottle rocket wars. To me, as a kid, Halloween was fireworks, blowing up stuff around home.”

Scotty McCreery‘s favorite Halloween was spent chasing girls. “My favorite Halloween memory would have to be me in my gorilla costume running down the street chasing some little girl I was friends with,” he said. “I knew her, but I was scaring her half to death. My favorite costume, though, would have to be my Elvis Presley costume. I think I was about 10 years old when that was happening.”

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Oct 1

Dierks Bentley’s “Miles & Music For Kids” Raises Record Donation

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Dierks Bentley wrapped the first leg of his  RISER Tour over the weekend, with final stops across the Midwest. He also held his 9thAnnual “Miles & Music For Kids,” which raised $335,479 for Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, the biggest donation to date.

“I’m still coming down from the high of such an unbelievable last run of shows on the summer leg of this tour,” Bentley said. ”The fans in Cincy, Cleveland and Indianapolis were ready to close out their summer in a big way. Then we got back to Nashville, and I was totally blown away by the outpouring of support we got for this year’s ‘Miles & Music.’  This little event we started nine years ago has taken on a life of its own. I feel like I’m just a small part of this thing. It has really become about country music fans and bikers coming together to help our community and those kids. It’s incredible.”  Continue Reading


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Sep 23

Watch Dierks Bentley’s “Say You Do” Music Video


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Dierks Bentley has released his new single, “Say You Do,” to country radio. The track is the follow-up to Bentley’s back-to-back No. 1 hits, “Drunk On A Plane” and “I Hold On.” Bentley also released a video for “Say You Do.” Filmed in Canada and directed by Wes Edward, the song is about longing for something that may not be in your best interest.

“I think it’s pretty evident there is a hardcore yearning going on in this song, and personally, it’s something I’ve experienced in the worst of ways in past relationships,” Bentley said. “This song is about wanting something so badly even if it’s not good for you, just wanting that love back, which is something I think everyone can relate to at some point in their life.”

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Sep 4

Country Stars React to CMA Awards Nominations

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Little Big Town and Darius Rucker announced this year’s CMA Awards nominees on Wednesday’s Good Morning America. (Photo courtesy of CMA World, Heidi Gutman / ABC)

The nominees for the 48th Annual CMA Awards have been announced! Miranda Lambert leads the nominations with nine nods, including the coveted Entertainer of the Year title, which pits her against husband Blake Shelton, along with George Strait, Luke Bryan and Keith Urban. Country stars are reacting to the good news.

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Reigning Entertainer of the Year George Strait received another nomination in the category this year. “It’s a great honor to be nominated for CMA Entertainer of the Year,” he said.“It’s been an incredible year, and this just puts the icing on the cake!”

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Dierks Bentley is up for five CMA Awards, including Album of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year. He took to social media to celebrate the good news. “Wow y’all. 5 #cmaaward?! much gratitude for our fans and friends in the biz. I never take time to celebrate these things. going to tonight!” he posted on Facebook.

Keith Urban picked up four award nominations, including Entertainer of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year. Urban has won Male Vocalist three times, from 2004-2006, but wasn’t able to accept his last win in person.

“This morning, I was just thinking the last time I won that was 2006, and I was in rehab and I couldn’t be present to receive it, which I don’t really have any adjectives for how that felt not being able to be here to receive that award,” he said. “Now, fast-forward eight years and be at this place in my life and get that nomination this morning, I was right back there in that moment with deep, mixed feelings, mixed feelings of how devastating and emotional and chaotic everything was then and how living life a different way the last eight years to land at a different place is extraordinary.” Continue Reading


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Aug 21

Dierks Bentley Lands at No. 1 with “Drunk On A Plane”

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Dierks Bentley has landed at No. 1 on the country charts with his single “Drunk On A Plane.” The song marks the second consecutive No. 1 hit from his recently released RISER album, and is his 12th No. 1 as both a singer and a songwriter.

“I think I knew even back when we were in the studio making this album that we were on to something special, but once you let it fly out into the world, you just never know what will happen,” Bentley said. “First, ‘I Hold On’ came out and really hit people in an emotional, personal way, and I was totally blown away by all the stories I heard and how impactful some of those lyrics were for a lot of people. And now, the reaction to ‘Drunk’ has just been crazy…two VERY different songs that the fans have taken and made their own.” Continue Reading


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Aug 14

Dierks Bentley Announces Second Leg of RISER Tour

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Dierks Bentley has announced the second leg of his 2014 RISER Tour. The 20-city run kicks off October 2 in Stockton, Calif., and features Randy Houser and Eric Paslay for the U.S. dates, with Houser and Canadian country artist Tim Hicks joining Bentley for Canadian tour dates.

“It’s going to be tough to top this summer, but every night I get more excited and don’t want this run to end,” Bentley said. “I’m just living in the moment as much as I can and taking it all in… It really has been the best summer of my life. I’m looking forward to having Randy, Eric and Tim out on the road for the next leg. All three of them are crazy talented.” Continue Reading


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Jul 9

Dierks Bentley Announces 9th Annual “Miles & Music for Kids”

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Dierks Bentley’s Riser Bird symbol invaded Nashville this week to help announce his 9th annual “Miles & Music for Kids,” a celebrity motorcycle ride and all-star concert. Set for September 28 in Nashville, Kip Moore, Chris Young, Randy Houser and Jon Pardi will take part in the event which has raised over $2.5 million to date for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals across the country. All proceeds will benefit Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.

“The Riser Bird symbol we’ve been using to represent this album has really come to mean something to my fans,” Bentley said. “I’ve been hearing stories about it on the road. People are getting tattoos of it. It’s a symbol of strength and resilience, and I think it’s perfect to extend into what we do for Miles & Music, especially when we are talking about the history of the event, the bikers and fans who come out every year to support it and most importantly, the children and their families being treated at Vandy. [The] Riser Bird Movement that started this week is a cool way to get the community involved in a deeper way…. It’s been fun to see it start to spread across town.”  Continue Reading


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Jul 2

Country Stars Define Patriotism

As the Fourth of July approaches, country stars are taking time to reflect on what it means to be patriotic. To them, being patriotic means show their support for our servicemen and women.

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For Kip Moore, his family ties to the military help him stay humble. “I’m a very, very patriotic person, proud of the country that I live in, and I’m very proud of what those guys do for us each and every day, and I don’t take it for granted one bit,” he said. “My grandparents were in the military, fought wars, and I’ve seen the battle that they go through, just the horror of remembering things. When I start to think that I’m halfway tough, I realize how I’m not one bit when I talk to soldiers when I’m out, and realize the things that they go through. I can’t imagine facing what those guys face every day.”

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Dierks Bentley‘s patriotism is tied to both his support of our military and the country he sees from the windows of his bus. “I’m extremely patriotic,” he said. “I love this country, and I love the history of this country. 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.” Continue Reading


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