Dierks Bentley Shares His Connection to His Fans

Dierks Bentley talked to Fox about his connections to his fans, his music and his love for hockey.

Fox caught up with Dierks Bentley at the CMA Music Festival, where he played one of the big stadium shows.

“You get a chance to tell all those fans out there watching just like, ‘Thank you for being a country music fan. We love you guys. We’re always looking for ways to give back to you guys.’”

He sees this artist-fan connection constantly when on tour, where opening acts like Cole Swindell look to him as a mentor.

“I’ve been doing this a long time, made a lot of mistakes along the way and…a lot of it is just my own fault, just being stubborn and trying to do it my own way, but I feel like I have advice to offer if it’s ever wanted. I don’t just go out there and just give it unwanted, but I feel there are things I can offer up and then just by leading a certain way on the road.”  

Recently, Bentley received attention after some negative online comments about his National Anthem at Game 4 of the Stanley Cup playoffs – but he doesn’t pay attention to it.

“I don’t pay attention to Twitter or any of the social stuff. There was a time I did, and there was a time I said I didn’t but I still kind-of checked in on it a little bit and was swayed by it. Now I just like, man, I don’t care at all what people are saying. I use the socials to upload stuff and, you know, certain things I upload I want to know what fans think about a show or like – but I’m not going to go on there and check out how a performance of mine is. I don’t care. The people that are writing that stuff, yeah, I don’t – their opinion means zero rot me. But [I care] what my wife thinks, what the community thinks.”

He is asked about the Predators a lot, so as for why he’s one of country music’s ice hockey go-tos, he says he loves the team, loves hockey and is even in a men’s league himself!

“We won our little Stanley Cup playoff this year. We’re terrible, but we’re the least terrible in our league and I just love the sport…Carrie Underwood probably has a little more credibility because her husband plays for the team. Vince Gill is a long-time fan and goes to a lot more games than I do. It’s hard, having kids and being in the middle of my career, to make all the games."

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