Tuesday, November 13, 2007
– Dierks Bentley took his latest single down the road and up the charts, all the way to number one. "Free & Easy (Down the Road I Go)" is Bentley's fifth number 1 single and eighth top 10 out of 9 singles released.
The song squeezes out Kenny Chesney and "Don't Blink" from the top of the chart.
Bentley and bandmates Rod Janzen (guitar) and Robbie Harrington (bass) started writing the song in the back lounge of the tour bus and 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 "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," said 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, Ill. and Cincinnati.