OFFSTAGE: Dierks Bentley Takes Crew Motorboating

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Even though it’s Little Big Town singing the hit summer song “Pontoon,” Dierks Bentley’s the one who is out there living it. On the lake with his, well, classically-vintage boat. There’s a non-functioning sink faucet, a worthless smoke detector and carpet embedded with years of mold and fungus. “If you thought Big White (Bentley’s pick-up truck) was in bad shape, let me introduce you to the S.S. Grizzled Veteran,” Bentley says at the helm of his vessel. “This is my pontoon boat/houseboat that I’ve had for 10 to 12 years. I used to live on this boat. It’s in really bad shape.” But despite its shortcomings, Bentley wanted to thank his crew with a lake day aboard the Grizzled Veteran. “I was able to get one engine started,” he says. “And I’m out here, I got a cold Busch Light, I got my captain’s koozie. And this is it.” Tip it on back, indeed.

Alison makes her living loving country music. She's based in Chicago, but she's always leaving her heart in Nashville.