singer Dierks Bentley quickly made a name for himself in 2003 when he sent his debut single "What Was I Thinkin'" to #1 on the country charts. What followed is a mainstream country career with a bit more traditional leanings than most. Although his name is maybe not the most recognizable outside the genre, he has maintained a steady following and a solid streak of hits.
- Dierks Bentley (2003)
- Modern Day Drifter (2005)
- Long Trip Alone (2006)
- Feel That Fire (2009)
- Up on the Ridge (2010)
- Home (2012)
- Riser (2014)
- Awesome McCoolname: Dierks (rhymes with "works").
- Bowdlerize: "Kiss my ass" becomes "Kiss my… yeah" on the radio edit of "Drunk on a Plane".
- Breakup Song: "Settle for a Slowdown". She's leaving him in her car. He says, "I'm not asking you to turn back around / But I'd settle for a slowdown."
- Broken Streak: The two singles off Up on the Ridge were his first singles since his first album not to make Top 10 on the country charts. After that, "Bourbon in Kentucky", the lead single to Riser, became his first to miss top 40.
- Distracted by the Sexy: "I was thinkin' 'bout a little white tank top sittin' right there in the middle by me" is a line in the chorus to "What Was I Thinkin'".
- Drowning My Sorrows: "Bourbon in Kentucky" and "Drunk on a Plane".
- Dual Meaning Chorus: The title of "I Hold On" applies to both material objects that he never gives up on (his truck and guitar) and a woman whom he vows to stay true to forever.
- In the Style of...: "Lot of Leavin' Left to Do" is in the style of Waylon Jennings.
- Intercourse with You: "Come a Little Closer" and "I Wanna Make You Close Your Eyes".
- Let X Be the Unknown: Jim Beavers, co-writer of "How Am I Doin'" (and brother of songwriter-producer Brett Beavers), credited himself as "Writer X" on the song.
- Love Makes You Crazy: "5-1-5-0".
- Lyrical Dissonance: For a party song, "Am I the Only One" is rather… lethargic sounding.
- "Drunk on a Plane" is also rather melancholy for a song that initially sounds like a partying song, but is really about a guy who is drowning his sorrows after being forced to fly to Cancún by himself because he couldn't refund his lover's ticket after she ditched him.
- New Sound Album: Up on the Ridge was not only a radical departure into bluegrass, but also his first one not produced by Brett Beavers. (It was produced by obscure singer-songwriter Jon Randall instead.) He returned to Beavers for Home, but ditched him for Ross Copperman on Riser, which has more of a rock edge.
- Overprotective Dad: The girl's father in "What Was I Thinkin'".
- Shout-Out: "Free and Easy (Down the Road I Go)" name-drops Cross Canadian Ragweed.
- Song Style Shift: "How Am I Doin'" has a slower intro ("It's strange to hear your voice / I did not expect for you to call…") before launching into the more upbeat actual song.
- Studio Chatter: At the end of "How Am I Doin'", a musician says "You feelin' better, big guy?" and Dierks responds, "Uh, not really, dude."
- "Train Travelin" ends with Dierks and the Del McCoury Band laughing about the song.