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.”