Did you know that on this day in Country Music History in 1974 Dierks Bentley was  born in Phoenix, Arizona?

It’s true! Happy Birthday, Dierks!  His 2003 debut, "What Was I Thinkin'," set up a career that folded in traditional country, bluegrass and alt-rock sounds, leading to Grand Ole Opry membership and the Country Music Association's Horizon Award.

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Here are 5 interesting facts about Dierks Bentley!

  • He picked up his first instrument, an electric guitar, at age 13.
  • After graduating from a prestigious East Coast prep school and attending Vanderbilt University, he dropped out of college to pursue a career in music.
  • When he was 19, he moved to Nashville, where he got a job with The Nashville Network (now Spike TV), researching country music performances.
  • He became the youngest member of the Grand Ole Opry when he was inducted on October 1, 2005.
  • He married Cassidy Black in 2005. They welcomed their first child, a daughter named Evie, in October 2008.