Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Dierks Bentley Rises to Lead the 48th CMA Awards Male Nominees with Five

Dierks Bentley is a riser.  If you're a hard-core DB Congress member you already knew that.  But today, the members of the CMA proved they know it, too, by nominating him in five CMA Awards categories: Male Vocalist, Single, Song, Music Video and Album Of The Year.

The number "Five" is significant.  It's the total number of awards the CMA was given for their consideration to vote for Dierks, and its a song on his Album Of The Year nominated, Riser.  Not only is that more nods than the rest of the guys, but only one other artist, his pal Miranda Lambert, earned more with nine nominations.

"I feel like every record I've made I've always given it my all as a songwriter, but for some reason this record came together to make that one album that you always dream of putting out there," Bentley told Rolling Stone Country immediately after getting the good news.

While we guessed the win that would mean the most to Dierks would be Album Of The Year for Riser, he also told Rolling Stone how special the Song of the Year nod for I Hold On is for him:

"...when you think of the craft of songwriting, being nominated for Song of the Year is really special. Every 10 years something like that comes along, and it all works out. ['I Hold On'] wasn't a song that I was even trying to write. I was just talking about the death of my dad, and asked a lot of personal questions about myself."

Read more of Dierks' reaction here.

We could not be happier that the country music industry and his peers are finally taking notice and recognizing Dierks for all his talent that we've been in awe of  for years!

Check out the categories and other nominees below. Which one(s) do you think Dierks has the best chance of winning? Post your thoughts in the comments!

Male Vocalist of the Year
Dierks Bentley
Luke Bryan
Eric Church
Blake Shelton
Keith Urban

Album of the Year

Crash My Party, Luke Bryan
Fuse, Keith Urban
Platinum, Miranda Lambert
Riser, Dierks Bentley
The Outsiders, Eric Church

Song of the Year (Award goes to songwriters)"Automatic," written by Nicolle Galyon, Natalie Hemby and Miranda Lambert
"Follow Your Arrow," written by Kacey Musgraves, Brandy Clark and Shane McAnally
"Give Me Back My Hometown," written by Eric Church and Luke Laird
"I Don't Dance," written by Lee Brice, Rob Hatch, and Dallas Davidson
"I Hold On," written by Brett James and Dierks Bentley

Single of the Year (Award goes to artist and producer)"Automatic," Miranda Lambert
"Drunk on a Plane," Dierks Bentley
"Give Me Back My Hometown," Eric Church
"Meanwhile Back at Mama's," Tim McGraw featuring Faith Hill
"Mine Would Be You," Blake Shelton

Music Video of the Year"Automatic," Miranda Lambert
"Bartender," Lady Antebellum
"Drunk on a Plane," Dierks Bentley
"Follow Your Arrow," Kacey Musgraves
"Something Bad," Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood

The 48th Annual CMA Awards will air live on November 5th at 8:00 p.m. ET on ABC.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Grace, The Happy Intern, Gets Surprised by Dierks Bentley

Grace Lenehan is a long time member of the Dierks Bentley Congress, representing Ohio.  But this summer she interned for Sirius XM The Highway and on her last day, Storme Warren surprised her with getting Dierks to stop by the studio on August 14.

Grace found an emotional connection with Dierks's music after watching him perform Long Trip Alone on the Opry on GAC TV in 2006.
Right before he played the song he said, “I don’t know if you’re the praying kind, but if you are, make this your prayer tonight.” I realized that listening to the song in that way put an entirely new meaning on it, and it really hit me hard.  Many artists have music that have said something to me...but Dierks’ music was the first one to really hit me in the face and make me fall in love with country music.
During his visit to The Highway, Dierks did an on-air interview with Storme, who will also be hosting Dierks' Miles and Music For Kids event in Nashville, September 28 at the Riverfront.  Dierks admitted that DB Congress flocked his yard and Storme mentioned Grace was a DB Congress member and she told him she had been to a few Last Call Balls "back in the day."  I had the pleasure of meeting Grace and her mom Carrie at Last Call Ball in 2009.

At the end of the interview, Dierks said he would be filming his next video that weekend for "Say You Do," so I think it's safe to say that's the next single!

Grace was so surprised by his visit, she said that her summer was "complete" and tells how much Dierks and his music means to her in this blog.  She also got a chance to tell Dierks he was one of the artists that got her into country music, and Dierks thought that was the best compliment!

You can listen to the 20 minute audio of the interview with Dierks here.

One of my favorite parts of the audio is toward the end when Dierks reminds everyone again that Grace is a part of the DB Congress.  That emotional connection keeps us fans for life!

DB Congress Chair (FL)

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Dierks Bentley... For Your CMA Consideration

Watch and listen to hear if Dierks Bentley's name is called Wednesday morning, September 3 on ABC's Good Morning America, when Little Big Town and Darius Rucker announce live the final nominees in five award categories for "The 48th Annual CMA Awards."  The announcement will air in the 8:30 AM/ET half-hour segment.

According to, "Following “Good Morning America,” Little Big Town and Rucker will be at the Best Buy Theater in Times Square to announce the finalists in the remaining seven categories..and this event will be streamed live via beginning at 10:00 AM/ET."

Dierks could be nominated in as many as five categories, as his press kit sent to CMA members suggested the following "for your CMA consideration."

  • Male Vocalist of the Year
  • Album of the Year - Riser
  • Single of the Year - "Drunk On A Plane"
  • Song of the Year - "I Hold On"
  • Music Video of the Year- "Drunk On A Plane"

The vote-prompting packet also included Riser, the CD and Riser the documentary film, along with an assemble-your-own Riser Air paper/plastic airplane and flying instructions.

The CMA Awards nominees and winners are determined by more than 7,000 professional members of CMA, which was the first trade organization formed to promote an individual genre of music in 1958. 

The eligibility period for the 2014 CMA Awards is July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014.

The 48th Annual CMA Awards will air on ABC on Wednesday, Nov. 5 (8:00-11:00 PM/ET).

We would love if he was nominated for and won all five--he totally deserves them, but if he could only win one, which award do you think would mean the most to Dierks?  Leave your answer in the comments!

Saturday, August 16, 2014


PLATINUM selling singer/songwriter Dierks Bentley announced that a second leg has been added to his 2014 RISER TOUR.  The 20 city run begins Oct. 2 in Stockton, CA and runs through the  end of the year with special guests Randy Houser and Eric Paslay on the US dates and Houser and rising Canadian artist Tim Hicks on the stops north of the border. Fans can now purchase tickets for the first announced dates at with more details to be revealed over the next few weeks.
“It’s going to be tough to top this summer, but every night I get more excited and don't want this run to end.  I'm just living in the moment as much as I can and taking it all in…it really has been the best summer of my life," said Bentley.  “I'm looking forward to having Randy, Eric and Tim out on the road for the next leg…all three of them are crazy talented."
While capacity crowds have filled amphitheaters across the country, Bentley’s tour has also caught the attention of critics who note headlining is “what the man was born to do” (Arizona Republic).
First Announced Cities on the 2014 RISER TOUR’s Second Leg:
Stockton, CA
Fresno, CA
Las Vegas, NV
Boise, ID
Missoula, MT
Edmonton, AB
Saskatoon, SK
Calgary, AB
Winnipeg, MT
Fargo, ND
Bismark, ND
Brookings, SD
Hershey, PA
Bethlehem, PA
Uncasville, CT
Utica, NY
Huntington, WV
Roanoke, VA
Baltimore, MD
Ottawa, ON
Hamilton, ON
Oshawa, ON
London, ON
Bentley’s smash hit of the summer, “Drunk On A Plane,” continues to gain momentum as it closes in on the No. one position, selling an average of over 65,000 singles a week.  The single is off his critically acclaimed and No. one selling new album, RISER, which has tallied more than 1.5 million digital track sales to date and has already claimed a chart topping hit with the deeply personal "I Hold On."  His six previous studio albums have sold more than five million copies, notched 11 chart-topping singles and earned 11 GRAMMY nominations, countless CMA, ACM and CMT nominations and membership at the Grand Ole Opry.
Randy Houser took country fans and industry insiders by storm with the 2013 release of his Stoney Creek Records album How Country Feels. Scoring three consecutive No. one hits with the title track, “Runnin’ Outta Moonlight” and “Goodnight Kiss,” Houser also earned the American Country Award for Most Played Radio Track: Male (“How Country Feels”) and his first No. one as a songwriter (“Goodnight Kiss”). His new single, “Like A Cowboy,” is the fourth release from How Country Feels and was written by Houser and Brice Long. 
EMI recording artist Eric Paslay released his self-titled debut album February 2014 featuring his No. one hit single “Friday Night” and current Top 15 single “Song About A Girl.” A GRAMMY, ACM and CMA nominated artist, Eric has co-penned five No. one hits including “Friday Night,” “Rewind,” “Even If It Breaks Your Heart,” “Barefoot Blue Jean Night” and “Angel Eyes.”
Multiple 2014 CCMA Award nominee Tim Hicks has already achieved four Top 10 singles in Canada, two JUNO Award nominations and his third GOLD-certified single. His sophomore album, 5:01, shot to No. one on the Canadian iTunes Country chart, and the lead single “Here Comes The Thunder” has been added to rotation at SiriusXM’s The Highway.  In 2013, Hicks became the No. one highest selling digital Canadian Country Artist of the Year, as well as the Most Played Debut Artist overall at Canadian Country radio.
For the new dates, both Ole Smoky® Tennessee Moonshine® and Mountain Dew® will return as tour sponsors of the 2014 RISER TOUR. For more information and for a full list of tour dates, visit