Dierks Bentley: Gas, Matches, Fireworks and Beer

Dierks Bentley should be scared. Really, really scared. Because his wife is close to giving birth to their third child, and this time it’s a boy. And Bentley is worried his son will turn out exactly like him. Not the Bentley we know now. But the adolescent Bentley. That kid was bad news.

“It’s a little tough [now], and then to think about having a kid like me? When he’s like 11, 12 or 13, I’m gonna be 10 years older than I am now,” he told WUSN-FM/Chicago in a recent interview. “And the stuff I was doing back then? I snuck out of the house every night through the doggy door. I’d meet my friends. Someone would have a five-gallon thing of gasoline. Someone had matches. Someone had fireworks. Someone had the beer.”

Bentley said having two daughters already wears him out, especially when they come into his bed in the middle of the night or early in the morning. And with a baby boy on the way, he says, “I don’t know what I’m gonna do. I’m gonna be going crazy.”

Bentley and his wife will certainly have time to prepare for the eventual teenager their son will become. And in the meantime, Bentley is out on the road with Miranda Lambert for the Locked & Reloaded tour. Come to think of it, Bentley stills seems to covet that gas, matches, fireworks and beer stay-out-late vibe. In the interview, he offers listeners the chance to come on his bus for free beer at his shows because the worst part of the tour is that the venue’s beers are so expensive.

“Come on my bus,” he joked. “I have plenty of free beer. I have no problem when it comes to cold beer. I have a never-ending cooler of beer on my bus. We’ve tried many nights to drink it dry, and it’s impossible.”

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