10 Things You Didn’t Know About Country Star Dierks Bentley
Dierks Bentley stepped onto the country music scene in 2003 with the release of his debut single, “What Was I Thinkin’.” Since then he’s released eight studio albums, had 15 singles reach the number one spot on the Hot Country charts and received 13 Grammy nominations! Bentley is definitely one of the more dynamic country singers in the genre who not only writes a lot of his own music and is able to turn out hits like “Somewhere on a Beach,” but can also switch gears and create a bluegrass album like Up on the Ridge. In honor of his success, let’s take a look at 10 things you probably didn’t know about the handsome country singer!
10. Real Name
His real name is Fredrick Dierks Bentley, but he’s always gone by his middle name. In an interview with CMT, he said: “Dierks is a last name on my mom’s side of the family. My family’s big into the whole family name stuff, I think. My brother’s named Fife, and that’s a family name. So we just kind of pass things down. But I can promise you this: There won’t be a Dierks Jr., because my name…it’s too difficult.”
9. Boarding School
Dierks grew up in Phoenix, Arizona until he was about 14-years-old and was shipped off to boarding school. “Due to troubles in my younger adolescence, my parents decided to send me away to boarding school in New Jersey,” he said to Press of Atlantic City. Instead of looking at it as a bad thing, Bentley used this experience to figure out what he wanted to do with his life and realized it was country music! “If I hadn’t gone [to boarding school], I would never have discovered country music. I made some great friends — and had a love of Jersey girls — but country reminded me of home and Arizona.”