OFFSTAGE: Dierks Bentley: Holding On to Things He Can Count On

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I was going to write this story all about Dierks Bentley‘s Friday (July 26) appearance on The View. But having just heard him sing his new single, “I Hold On,” I can’t really think of anything else. It is a love song that is so much bigger than a regular love song. And it’s so him. It’s about not letting go of the things that have been there for you forever. In Bentley’s case, that’s his truck, his guitar and his wife. The chorus is about how he holds on to the things he believes in, such as “my faith, your love, our freedom” and “the things I can count on to keep me going strong.” So even though he has enough money to buy a nicer truck, he says he wouldn’t trade his for a rocket. And as for the old guitar he still plays, Bentley sings that it’s had his back in a million bars. So he holds on.

I wish I could say the rest of The View was as moving as his performance. But, well, it wasn’t. There were some good parts — like Bentley’s dog Jake sitting at the table with the show’s hosts, the video of Jake getting a pat down before the plane ride to New York City and Bentley talking about how arguments with his wife sometimes end in his and hers tears — but the last four minutes of the show when he performed were the best four minutes of the show.

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