Well-wishers gathered Thursday (Aug. 30) at Nashville’s Tin Roof, a popular bar near Music Row, to celebrate Dierks
Bentley‘s most recent No. 1 single, “5-1-5-0.”
by Bentley, Brett Beavers and brother Jim Beavers, “5-1-5-0″ refers to a police code used to describe a person acting out
of their mind. It became a mainstream catchphrase after it was used as the title of rock band Van Halen’s 1990 album.
a white T-shirt and a red trucker cap, Bentley said the song came about after he mentioned the code to Jim Beavers, who was
intrigued as to what it meant. Once Bentley explained, the song started to take shape.
After an 18-week climb up the
chart, “5-1-5-0″ reached the top to become Bentley’s 10th No. 1 single, all of which were at least co-written by Bentley and,
remarkably, all of which were also co-written by at least one of the Beavers brothers.
BMI’s Clay Bradley took the
stage first to congratulate the writers and started off by reminding the crowd that country music is built on a strong family
tradition, exemplified by the Beavers brothers and their success.
“The only other brothers I can think of with as much
chart success are the Gibbs and the Jacksons,” said Bradley. “And there were three Gibbs and five Jacksons, so they had an
edge on you guys.”
Bradley started off the torrent of awards given out to the “5-1-5-0″ team with BMI’s ceremonial
No. 1 cups. Then the plaques started arriving, six in all, plus one set of medallions and a round of the infamous “impalers”
from Bentley’s record label Capitol Records.
Ron Cox of Avenue Bank also presented the writers with a certificate
of contribution made on their behalf to Bentley’s Miles Music for Kids charity foundation.
Each speaker took
time to praise Bentley and company for their character, work ethic and diverse songwriting abilities, shown in how different
Bentley’s two most recent No. 1’s are — those of course being “Home”
When the songwriters themselves took the stage, the mood was decidedly casual, most likely since each
writer had been through the drill many, many times before — 16 times between the Beavers brothers and 10 times for Bentley,
to be exact.
Brett Beavers thanked all those involved, saying this achievement was made that much sweeter because it
came with Bentley, a personal friend, and his brother. He held special thanks for Luke Wooten, who he co-produced the track
with, for “making him look so good.”
Jim Beavers, known for his robust sense of humor, remarked that he was very proud
of the song, especially the fact that it is the “most-hyphenated song to top the charts since Tammy
Earlier in the proceedings Terry Wakefield of Sony/ATV Music Publishing told the story
of the time Jim Beavers called a meeting to show off some of his new songs, and, arriving at the meeting, handed out adult
diapers to everyone in the room. Wakefield said Beavers told everyone they were “going to [expletive]” when they heard the
“Thanks Terry,” replied Beavers. “My 6 and 8-year-old are sitting not five feet from you.”
also used his time onstage to say he met Dierks 10 years ago and took an immediate liking to him, although he never imagined
they would be standing together years later at parties like these. He thanked the singer for changing his life and the life
of his family.
When Bentley finally stepped up to the microphone he extended his thanks to the many colleagues in attendance,
especially his publicist Mary Hilliard, whom he lovingly described as “the funnel to my beer bong.”
He told everyone
how earlier in the day he had gone out to register the ’67 Camaro his wife had given him as a birthday gift and ended up driving
around downtown Nashville’s honky-tonk district, remembering the old days when he first arrived in town.
that at that time, his claim to fame was as the first act to get hired at the Stage on Broadway and also as the first act
to be fired from the same club because his band did not include an electric guitar player and patrons had a hard time hearing
over the noise from other nearby clubs.
Bentley then likened the songwriting process to his own emergence as an artist.
At times, he said, writers will arrive at a session with no real hook or focus, only to work their way into a clearly-defined
narrative. This was his experience as his career began to take shape, and he expressed his gratitude for those who let him
find his own way and helped push him in the right direction.
Finally, mentioning that he could not believe he now had
10 No. 1 songs, Bentley thanked his wife and two young daughters. Then he turned the tables on all the award-giving, presenting
his writers, producers, label staff and his video director with large, unwieldy plaques of their own.