How much is Dierks Bentley worth?
|Net Worth:||$30 Million|
|Date of Birth:||November 20, 1975|
|Country:||United States of America|
Who Is Dierks Bentley
Dierks Bentley was born on November 20, 1975 in Phoenix, Arizona. At the age of 13, he taught himself to play guitar, and played mostly the rock songs his friends listened to, until a friend played him a Hank Williams, Jr. song, called “Man to Man.”
Dierks Bentley has written or co-written many of his hit songs, including “What Was I Thinkin’, “My Last Name,” “How Am I Doin'”, “Lot of Leavin’ Left to Do,” “Come a Little Closer,” “Every Mile a Memory” and “Feel That Fire.”
When he was 19, he moved to Nashville, where he got a job with The Nashville Network (now Spike TV), researching country music performances. He played nights at various venues all over town, and recorded a demo, which lead to a songwriting deal.
In 2003, he was signed to Capitol Nashville, where he recorded his self-titled debut album, which contained the No. 1 hit “What Was I Thinkin’.” The album went on to sell over one million copies, earning Dierks a Platinum certification.
In 2005, he released his sophomore release, entitled Modern Day Drifter. The album was another success, earning him another Platinum certification, and two more No. 1 songs, with “Come a Little Closer” and “Settle for a Slowdown.” That year, he also won the CMA Horizon Award, and he was invited to join the Grand Ole Opry
Long Trip Alone was released in 2006, bringing Bentley another pair of No. 1 songs, with “Every Mile a Memory” and “Free and Easy (Down the Road I Go).”
Dierks had always maintained a busy tour schedule, and a Live DVD was released in 2007, entitled Live and Loud at the Fillmore
With all the hits he had scored in his young career, a Greatest Hits album was planned, and Dierks offered his fans the chance to be executive producers, and help him choose the name of the album. Greatest Hits: Every Mile a Memory 2003-2008 was released on May 6, 2008.
Dierks and wife Cassidy welcomed their first child, a girl, Evalyn Day Bentley, on October 4, 2008. The following day, Dierks attended his charity motorcycle event, called Miles & Music, which raises money for Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital, where he announced the birth of his daughter.
In February 2009, Dierks released his fifth studio album, entitled Feel That Fire. Dierks will tour in 2009 with Brad Paisley on the American Saturday Night Tour starting in the Summer, as well as play headlining dates on his own.
With the usual ratio of party tracks to love songs, Home is as listenable as the next album by a mid-level country crooner. This is acceptable but also a little depressing.
Country is a singles medium, and new albums rarely provide a cohesive listening experience.
Still, rather than employ the usual track-by-track rundown, and grade on a curve of diluted expectations, I’ve decided to take the record for what it isn’t: Dierks Bentley’s most ambitious work yet — a concept album about the tragic life of a man named Dierks Bentley.
Act One: Love at First Feel
At the start of the opening track, “Am I the Only One,” Dierks Bentley is drinking alone. This isn’t the first time. Just as Hank Jr. warned, all his rowdy friends have settled down. No one wants to drink half a bottle of Old Crow on a Wednesday night anymore.
His depression lifts when he spots a “country cutie with a rockin’ little booty” at the bar. She’s ordering shots of Patron, dancing by herself, and exhibiting all the classic signs of manic depression.
By track two, Dierks Bentley is ensnared in a toxic relationship with said woman. Depending on her mood swings, she’s either “honey” or “poison.” D.B. admits to himself in a moment of brutal honesty: “The way she moves me, probably gonna die young”.
Act Two: Downward Spiral
As his relationship withers and the economy tanks with “Main Street closing,” Dierks Bentley turns once more to booze. He heeds the advice of “Tip It On Back” to “sip a little more than you know you should.”
Later, while flying home from a detox facility, a newly sober Dierks Bentley meditates on his life. He looks out the window and studies the landscape of “Home,” where canyons become “scars” that “sometimes . . . worry me.”
His drinking may have abated, but his melancholy hasn’t.
Indeed, when his longtime friends start getting hitched, he masks his own insecurities by making petty jokes. “I know that you love her,” he tells one acquaintance, “She’s one special lady. But I’m warning you brother . . . diamonds make babies”.
As his behavior gets increasingly out of line, his friends abandon him.
Act Three: A Turn for the Worse
On the inside, Dierks Bentley is desperate for love, but he doesn’t know how to express it. “I wanna breathe you in,” he tells one terrified prospect, “I wanna be so close, you can wear my skin, like a new set of clothes”.
His obsessive behavior in relationships is bound to lead to a restraining order. “Somebody call the po-po,” he sings on “5-1-5-0.” “I’m goin’ crazy.”
Dierks starts spending long hours in the woods. What does he do there, exactly? And does it have anything to do with those missing girls? “What happens in the woods, stays in the woods,” is all he will say.
At around this time, Dierks Bentley sets his sights on a new love, Denise. “I’m the kind that likes to take it slow,” he tells her all the while wondering when she’s “gonna give in and just give it up.”
While Dierks is away on a “camping trips,” he discovers she’s seeing someone else. He seems to take it rather well: “Lonesome is this lonesome girl, she can’t help for what she needs”.
As D.B. digs another shallow grave in the woods to bury the corpse of his beloved, he eulogizes:
When I’m all alone or in a crowd
In a quiet place or where music’s loud
If I’m on the road, or in the other room
That’s how you know, I’m thinkin’ of you