OFFSTAGE: Dierks Bentley Remembers His First No. 1

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OFFSTAGE: Dierks Bentley Remembers His First No. 1

Published on August 02, 2012 by CMT News

Dierks Bentley
(CMT Offstage keeps a 24/7 watch on everything that’s happening with country music artists behind the scenes and
out of the spotlight.)

It was almost nine years ago, but Dierks
remembers well the first time he got word that his song had hit the No. 1 spot on the charts. He remembers the
date (Sept. 27, 2003) and the place (a club in Dallas). And, obviously, he remembers the song (“What
Was I Thinkin'”
). He told Billboard he
even remembers writing it.
“It feels like yesterday that I was writing ‘What Was I Thinkin” in the Sony Tree Publishing
firehouse. We used to write songs in this old converted firehouse,” he said. And when he thinks about writing and recording
new songs, Bentley likes to have range, and he likes to have songs that will sound just right when he does them live. “‘Home’ was a lot different than ‘5-1-5-0,’
but for me, it’s all about songs that take you on a journey. Certainly, I’m always thinking about the live show in the back
of my head,” he said. “I want to have material that encompasses a lot of ground — from partying and blowing off some
steam and forgetting about our worries for a little while to a song like ‘Home’ that talks about the founding of this country
and all our triumphs.”

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