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It wasn’t Hank Williams Jr. that got Dierks Bentley into music, but it was Willams who got Bentley into country music.
Now, Bentley is on tour with his idol, and the pair are making a stop in Tupelo.
While out on the road in Oklahoma, Bentley remembered the effect Williams’ music had on him.
“I always grew up on country music. When I was 13, I discovered the electric guitar and got into rock,” Bentley said. “At 17, my dad played me a Hank Jr. song, and it changed my whole life. By 19 I moved to Nashville. Hank’s the reason I’m here.”
‘Feel That Fire’
And where exactly Bentley is, is pretty sweet.
Bentley just released his latest album, “Feel That Fire,” in February. He’s had a slew of hit singles, like “Every Mile a Memory,” “Long Trip Alone,” “Come a Little Closer,” “Free and Easy (Down the Road I Go)” and “Sideways.”
Bentley said he wasn’t nervous to go on the road with the man he looks up to.
“I’m confident in what we do, so there’s no nervousness at all,” he said. “I’m a huge fan of Hank’s, so for us to get the chance to go on tour with him and do a show, it’s exciting.”
Bentley said his live show is full of energy.
“We try to go out there and rock for as long as we can, try to get people fired up for Hank Jr.,” he said. “I just have fun on stage. I live to be on stage and I live to be on the road and I live to be a performer, so it’s just a blast. We have fun, so hopefully the fans have fun.”
Bentley said he takes a green Jeep with him on the road, so if he has the spare time, he can cruise around town and meet fans in the parking lot.
“I’d tell (fans) to get out early, get in the parking lot, crank up some Hank Jr. and some of my music in their trucks, get some cold beer and get ready to have a good time,” Bentley said. “We’re gonna have fun. I promise you, no one will be having more fun out there than me. I’ll be having the most fun.”