Dierks Bentley © KLRU photo by Scott Newton

Dierks Bentley

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Dierks Bentley takes the traditional themes of country music to heart as he creates modern tunes. From his self-titled debut in 2003 that featured the No. 1 “What Was I Thinkin’?” to his most recent CD featuring the No. 1 “Every Mile a Memory,” Bentley has been able to win fans while staying true to his Outlaw Country and bluegrass roots.

His rise to the top has been a quick one but was also a lot of work. Bentley spent most of his days on tour and has gained a reputation for his stage presence. With the release of Modern Day Drifter, he was recognized with a 2005 Country Music Association Horizon Award and was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry.

Last year was just as successful for Bentley. In October, he released the album Long Trip Alone. Billboard wrote that “Bentley translates his on-stage charisma to the studio better than ever before.” And Entertainment Weekly said Long Trip Alone “showcases a great voice, band, and songwriting team.”

The album reflects both Bentley’s life on the road and the traditions of country music. “The great thing about country music is it truly reflects life,” he said. “There’s the sinning mixed with the asking for forgiveness. You’re drinking a beer at night and then you’re working out in the day trying to sweat out the beer you drank the night before. There’s all this balance, and I think with an album, you should reflect all the sides of life.”

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