Dierks Bentley and Blake Shelton: “Honky-Tonkers at Heart”

Dierks Bentley has Blake Shelton’s back.

So when Larry King tried to get him to talk a little trash about Shelton becoming a mainstream media personality, Bentley wouldn’t budge.

During an interview on Larry King Now , Bentley said he’s not aware of any criticism of Shelton at all.

“I haven’t heard it,” Bentley said of any alleged controversy involving his friend. “And I definitely wouldn’t buy into it because I know Blake personally.”

If King’s question had anything to do with Shelton’s role as a judge on a very popular reality show, Bentley maintained that being on The Voice is good for the country singer.

“I think what he is doing is great,” Bentley said. “I think he’s made to do what he’s doing. I don’t know anyone in country music that has the charisma (he has). Who would’ve thought that Blake would be in everyone’s living room? He’s so good at it.”

The bottom line, though, is that even though Shelton is indeed in everyone’s living room via The Voice, he’s about as traditional as country singers they come these days. I mean, for God’s sake, his 2001 debut album included “Ol’ Red,” a song George Jones had previously recorded about an inmate and a prison bloodhound. Plus, Shelton was born and raised in a tiny town in Oklahoma, and he’s married to one of the few women who has been successful at keeping country really country.

“We’re such honky-tonkers at heart and love traditional country music. No matter how far Blake bends or does other stuff, the guy really loves country music,” Bentley said.