OFFSTAGE: John Rich Would Hire Dierks Bentley

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For the life of me, I cannot picture Dierks Bentley sitting in Donald Trump’s boardroom. Not even for a second. But if you ask John Rich, Bentley’s the one he’d recommend if Celebrity Apprentice wanted to rope in another country singer for the show. “The directors of the show, they’ve all been asking me, ’Who do I think? Who do I think?’ and I have told them Dierks’ name. Of course it’s up to Dierks,” he told CMT Radio. “I don’t know if he’d want to do it. But to me there are so many different looks in country music. We don’t all wear cowboy hats. That’s the iconic image … but I would love to see another country artist that’s totally different than a hat act. Somebody else with a different look that represents a different part of our genre.” So, Rich recommends Bentley because he doesn’t wear a cowboy hat? I can think of a hundred reasons to hire Bentley that have nothing to do with what he does or doesn’t wear. But again, I think Rich is wrong. I think Bentley is not the right guy for this job. Unless he wants it. Then I’ll be his number one fan.