The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is pleased to partner with Microsoft Zune for Five Minutes with Fame, an exclusive video series on the Zune Marketplace featuring singers, songwriters and bands at the forefront of today's music. After a behind-the-scenes tour of the Museum, we sit down with artists to talk about their music, their road to success, inspirations, being on tour and of course, some of their favorite artists and artifacts highlighted in the Museum. This week's featured artist is Dierks Bentley.
At only 35 years of age, Dierks Bentley has released seven albums, won numerous CMT Awards, been nominated for Grammy Awards and already has a Greatest Hits album. But the road was long and not always easy. A love of country music inspired Bentley, a native of Phoenix, to move to Nashville at the age of 19. He was soon discouraged by what he considered his new community’s indifference to music, but his mind changed after a late night hang at the Station Inn bluegrass bar, and he decided to give music another go. Pursuing and playing gigs, Bentley landed a job at the TNN television network doing research on classic country music, while at night he worked on his music demos, which eventually made it into the hands of Capitol Records. Signed to the label soon thereafter, Bentley recorded and released his self-titled debut album in 2003, and his single "What Was I Thinkin'" began to take off. His next album, Modern Day Drifter, was released two years later and showcased Bentley’s love of old-school country music and became a Top Ten hit. In 2006 he returned with Long Trip Alone, followed by a greatest hits record Every Mile a Memory in 2008; a bit early in his career, but a fan favorite, including handpicked bonus live tracks from the fans. Bentley since released Feel that Fire in 2009 and is currently on tour to support his latest release, Up on the Bridge.
Here, Dierks talks about the struggles of making country music in the country music capital of the world, touring the U.S. and some of his favorite things he saw on display at the Rock Hall, including Hank Williams’ suit, Johnny Cash’s guitar and Bono’s first guitar.
Along with Microsoft's Zune Marketplace on PC and XBox Live, the only place you’ll be able to see these videos is right here each week on rockhall.com. Stay tuned for next week's Five Minutes with Fame with Travie McCoy!