The arrival of his second daughter Jordan late last year meant that country star Dierks Bentley was definitely outnumbered on the home front – not that he’s complaining. “We’re really happy with what we’ve got,” says Dierks, who is also dad to 3-year-old Evie with his wife Cassidy. In a new interview with Parade.com, the singer talks about his family, his music and his work with Wounded Warriors, which aids America’s veterans.
On being inspired by fatherhood: “It changes your life and as a songwriter it feeds into your music, though I don’t try to write songs like that. Some songs are very specific, but other songs I try so that they can be heard and interpreted in different ways. There are songs on this record that I wrote with my daughter in mind, but they could be a love song, could be a spiritual song, all depends on how you listen to it.”
On trying for a boy: “Well, I got two boys. I got Jake and George, my two dogs, and I’m good. We’re really happy with what we’ve got. My brother has three girls so I think I’ll stick with two, but you never know.”
On his work with Wounded Warriors: “My dad and grandpa were in the army and as a country singer you’re constantly playing at military bases all across the country and meeting soldiers and their families and hearing their stories. I think about it a lot and talk a lot about it onstage every night. I’m just so thankful to the 1% of the country that actually serves in the military. And then you have these guys who are coming back and are wounded. They are coming back to a country with some uncertainty. They have issues about their healthy and are trying to reconnect with their families, finds jobs in this economy. It’s time to actually act on your patriotism and do something about it. It’s a great project to get involved with and anybody can.”