Country Singer Songwriter Dierks Bentley Quotations From Interviews

Last Updated November 2nd 2017

Country singer songwriter Dierks Bentley quotations taken from various interviews with Rolling Stone, CNN, People Country and others.

Country and bluegrass artiste Dierks Bentley released his self-titled debut album in 2003.

Together with his second album “Modern Day Drifter, both are certified platinum in the United States.

In 2006, his third album,”Long Trip Alone” is certified gold.

Dierks Bentley’s first single “What Was I Thinking”, from his debut album reached Number One on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks.

That single was dubbed as one of the most original country songs of the decade.

Country singer songwriter Dierks Bentley quotationsAt the age of 29, Bentley became the youngest member of the Grand Ole Opry when he was inducted on October 1, 2005

That same year, Bentley won the CMA Award for the Horizon Award (now known as Best New Artist).

Among his many great songs are: “What Was I Thinking“, “Come a Little Closer”, ‘Free and Easy (Down the Road I Go)’, “How Am I Doin'”, “Long Trip Alone”, “Every Mile a Memory” and “Lot of Leavin’ Left to Do“.

One of Dierks Bentley’s popular quotes, which I found on the Internet is  :  “Country music has always been the best shrink that 15 bucks can buy.

Note: But at the point of writing this blog post, I have yet to verify the source of this quotation.

Here are my favorite Dierks Bentley quotations with citations:

“Just don’t make me wait too long, … I’ll take anything domestic, light and cold.” – Dierks Bentley

(“” written by B. Beavers & Bentley, from the album “Modern Day Drifter”; 2005)

“It hit me like a ton of bricks. I had no idea. I had no idea.” – Dierks Bentley


“I always say the best applause you can get is when you walk from backstage up to your microphone at a concert. It’s also nice to walk up to the mike at an awards show, and that applause is great, too, but the best is when your fans are cheering for you.” – Dierks Bentley


Love always had my number. I could never patch a breakup together with whiskey and a one-night stand. I took them real hard.” – Dierks Bentley

(Q&A: Into the ‘Black’ With Dierks Bentley by Luke McCormick, Spin, June 3, 2016)

“Only in country music can you compare an old pickup truck and an old guitar to your wife and turn it into a love song… Thank God for country music.” – Dierks Bentley


“I still feel like that 17-year-old-kid that fell in love with country music, but I also am allowed to write songs about being a man, too, which I think is the coolest place I’ve ever been in my life.” – Dierks Bentley

(Dierks Bentley’s Dirt Road Path To Country Prestige, CBS News, April 16, 2015)

“…I just felt like I needed to get off the country music treadmill and just get off the grid and get away from all the rules and expectations and award shows and just kind, just do my own thing and have fun.” – Dierks Bentley

(Dierks Bentley’s Dirt Road Path To Country Prestige, CBS News, April 16, 2015)

“Some people associate red with love, but to me, red is for an earlier stage of a relationship. Black is much deeper, to me. It’s certainly the sexiest color.” – Dierks Bentley


“Everyone talks about new love all the time, but there’s so much to draw from when you’ve been in a longer relationship. It makes me stick my chest out a little bit. It’s like, ‘I know what you’ve been through, but you don’t know what it’s like over here (marriage)…” – Dierks Bentley


“If I was ever making a record just to make a record, or ever just like, ‘Just put something out there that someone will buy,’ I would quit. I really would.” – Dierks Bentley


“I think of love that happens at night. … Black is the sexiest color. True love in all its messiness is black.” – Dierks Bentley

(“Album reveal: Dierks Bentley shares ‘Black'” by Bob Doerschuk, USA Today, March 29, 2016)

“I really can’t tell you the feeling I feel, like, being on stage: it’s such a high; it’s like running a marathon. You just can’t get that feeling anywhere else.” – Dierks Bentley


“…There was a time when I viewed records more as a way to further my career as far as the tour; the albums were really like the jet fuel for the plane, and the plane was the tour.” – Dierks Bentley


“The transformation that happens when a young artist goes on the road: you put the acoustic guitar down and start to play the electric a little louder – it gets a little bit ragged.” – Dierks Bentley


“The radio is not show fun, it’s show business. It’s money. The reason Merle Haggard is not played on the radio is because Merle Haggard is not bringing in Coca-Cola dollars.” – Dierks Bentley


“Whether it’s a heartbreak song or a hook-up song or a party song, it’s got some movement through the verses in telling a story.” – Dierks Bentley


“I want to be free to be any version of me I feel like being.” – Dierks Bentley

(“Dierks Bentley on New Album ‘Black’: ‘I’ve Claimed the Right to Be Me'” by Joseph Hudak, Rolling Stone, May 27, 2016)

“Whether lyrically or musically, it reaches in there and grabs your soul. That’s the stuff I gravitate toward.” – Dierks Bentley

(“Dierks Bentley on New Album ‘Black’: ‘I’ve Claimed the Right to Be Me'” by Joseph Hudak, Rolling Stone, May 27, 2016)

“I discovered early on that I was more of a strummer than a picker.” – Dierks Bentley

(“Dierks Bentley’s Interview With Foo Fighters Guitarist: 5 Things We Learned” by Andrew Leahey, May 23, 2016)

“I love bluegrass music, I love acoustic music and I try at the right times to push that a little bit.” – Dierks Bentley


“I want my fans to hear it and feel it and inspire them to get through tough times.” – Dierks Bentley


“Most of my read on America is through looking through the front windshield of a bus and hanging out with country music fans backstage.” – Dierks Bentley

(Dierks Bentley Talks About His New Album And The Country Music Vote by Deena Zaru, CNN Politics, August 17, 2017)

“When I got to Nashville, people started asking me about how I got into country music. I’d tell them I came from a place where people wore cowboy hats for a real reason.” – Dierks Bentley

(“Interview and Acoustic Performance: Dierks Bentley” by mmanning, Country Music Hall Of Fame, March 12, 2016)

“It’s like when a coin is going into a slot machine and hits all the right clicks. I heard the song, and I knew I wanted to go to Nashville and be a country singer.” – Dierks Bentley

(“Interview and Acoustic Performance: Dierks Bentley” by mmanning, Country Music Hall Of Fame, March 12, 2016)

“I had this crazy desire, almost sickness, about loving country music.” – Dierks Bentley

(“Interview and Acoustic Performance: Dierks Bentley” by mmanning, Country Music Hall Of Fame, March 12, 2016)

“I was 17, and a friend said, ‘Man, you’ve got to listen to this song,’ and he played ‘Man to Man.’ From there on, I was hooked on country.” – Dierks Bentley

(“Two Signs That Dierks Bentley’s Show Is a Good One” by Alison Bonagure, CMT News, August 24, 2014)

“In my 30s, I became more open to music other than country or bluegrass.” – Dierks Bentley

(Dierks Bentley Plans To Bring Something ‘A Little Extra’ In Alabama Tonight; What You Need To Know” by Ben Flanagan, Alabama, October 19, 2011)

“As a songwriter, you might write every day and throughout the course of a year you might get four songs that are really special.” – Dierks Bentley


“You can’t write about stuff you don’t know about. You have to live it. You have to roll up your sleeves and get your hands dirty. Live life to be a good songwriter.” – Dierks Bentley


“We’ve expanded beyond country and bluegrass to rock, alt rock. My music goes down best with domestic light, cold beer.” – Dierks Bentley

(“No More Empty Rooms For Dierks Bentley”, The Associated Press, Today News, April 21, 2006)

“…As an artist, you have to be free to explore all the corners of your heart. There are no boundaries.” – Dierks Bentley


“I knew I was walking away from an easier road, but that road wasn’t taking me where I wanted to go…” – Dierks Bentley


Watch the black & white video clip below featuring Dierks Bentley singing the title track “Black” from his eight studio album of the same name, which was released on May 27, 2016.


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