There’s no denying that Dierks Bentley is a force to be reckoned with in country music. His number one hits are many, including “Home,” “Am I the Only One?” and the 2014 smash-anthem, “I Hold On.” However Bentley recently admitted that he passed on a few more tracks that went on to be number ones for other artists.
Speaking to an audience at Marathon Music Works in Nashville for the CMA Songwriter Series’ 10th anniversary, Bentley admitted that it was almost his voice on recent hits by Luke Bryan, Gary Allan and Lee Brice. While that may seem mind-boggling, it’s true. It could’ve been Bentley’s patented rasp on Bryan’s “Drink A Beer,” Allan’s “Watching Airplanes” and Brice’s “I Drive Your Truck.”
While Bentley played the small show, he was joined on stage by many songwriting friends who offered Bentley these tracks before they made their way to their final owners. According to The Tennessean, Bentley told the crown that “it’s all about the right song finding the right home.” He added that “Drink A Beer” was definitely meant to be at home with Bryan.
Additionally, this isn’t the first time we’ve heard of Dierks Bentley passing on songs that became huge hits. Songwriter Luke Laird recently revealed to Rolling Stone Country that Bentley briefly had another huge hit on hold, Little Big Town’s breakthrough summer anthem, “Pontoon.”
The show was filmed as a part of PBS’s “Front and Center” series to air later this fall. A second episode will also feature Lady Antebellum. No word yet on if Dierks Bentley passed on “Need You Now,” “Bartender” or any of Lady A’s big hits, but with all of his recent revelations, it sure wouldn’t shock us!
Watch the video for what is sure to be Dierks Bentley’s next number one, “Drunk On A Plane” now!