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, interrupted only by his detour into bluegrass with Up on the Ridge
in 2010. And again by "Bourbon in Kentucky", the first single from his 2013 album Riser
- Dierks Bentley (2003)
- Modern Day Drifter (2005)
- Long Trip Alone (2006)
- Feel That Fire (2009)
- Up on the Ridge (2010)
- Home (2012)
- Riser (2013)
- Awesome McCoolname: Dierks (rhymes with "works").
- 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."
- 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".
- In The Style Of: "Lot of Leavin' Left to Do" is in the style of Waylon Jennings.
- Intercourse with You: "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.
- New Sound Album: Up on the Ridge was not only a radical departure into bluegrass, but also his only one produced by Jon Randall instead of Brett Beavers.
- 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.
- 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.