DIERKS BENTLEY GETS “ONE FOR THE THUMB” AS “FREE AND EASY (DOWN THE ROAD I GO)” MARCHES TO NUMBER ONE
NASHVILLE, TN – Nov. 12, 2007 – Country music star Dierks Bentley takes the top spot on the R&R country singles chart this week with his smash hit single “Free & Easy (Down the Road I Go),” off his critically acclaimed album LONG TRIP ALONE, making it his career fifth No. one single and eighth Top 10 (out of 9).
Bentley and bandmates Rod Janzen (guitar) and Robbie Harrington (bass) started writing the song in the back lounge of the tour bus, and then finished it back in Nashville with Bentley’s longtime producer Brett Beavers.
“This one is definitely special to me because the guys in the band were involved,” said Bentley. “We’ve come a long way from the clubs and the bars, and as a band, this is definitely one of those moments that make me proud of what we’ve accomplished together so far.”
After finishing up a four day run on his Bud Light sponsored “Throttle Wide Open” tour with opening act Jack Ingram, Bentley used his day off to jet to Kansas City to catch a Garth Brooks concert.
“He is an iconic live performer, and there continues to be a lot to learn from him,” explained Bentley. “But I mostly went because I wanted to complete a circle that began in 1992, when I was 17 and sitting so high up in the rafters at my first Garth show that I could touch the roof of the arena. Last night, I was backstage…with a number one song. That’s a pretty amazing feeling.”
“Throttle Wide Open” stops this week include Murray, KY, Springfield, IL and Cincinnati, OH. For other upcoming tour dates and behind-the-scenes footage, visit www.dierks.com.
Mary Hilliard Harrington