Dierks Bentley and Elle King on Gender Differences

It Is "Different for Girls," Most of the Time

Is it different for girls?

Do they really handle their broken hearts that differently from men? Can girls not scroll through their phones just looking for a Band-Aid? Can we not tape our hearts back together with a whiskey and Coke? Are we not the gender to take someone home and act like it’s nothing? And when the going gets tough are the guys the only ones who can can just act tough?

After Dierks Bentley and Elle King rehearsed their CMT Music Awards performance on Tuesday (June 7), I had the chance to ask them all of those questions about their duet “Different For Girls.”

They both assured me that yes, everything is different for girls. Even the decision about where to put your Solo cup while you’re singing.

“See, I have mine on the ground because I can bend down and pick it up,” Bentley said. “But if you’re in a dress…”

“Then you need a cup holder on your mic stand,” King said to finish Bentley’s thought. “That’s what I do, because I wear short dresses.”

Bentley added that once you start thinking about it, you realize that the song’s message is true in so many ways. But then King admitted, “It’s funny because this song is very, very true for most women, but I actually do all those bad things. But in a lot of other ways, it’s different for all girls.”

The song is Bentley’s latest single off his new album Black, and was written by J.T Harding and Shane McAnally.

King, who sings and plays banjo on the song, told me that Bentley himself is pretty good at playing the instrument. But he wholeheartedly disagreed.

“When I moved to Nashville, I tried so many times to learn to play the banjo,” he said. “Three times in my life I bought Earl Scruggs albums, but I’m just no good.

“My whole band was so obsessed with it that we have laminates from a whole year of touring that say ‘The Year of the Banjo.’ All of us spent time trying to learn the banjo, but I eventually gave up. So having Elle play, this was meant to be.”

Bentley and King will perform the tune at the 2016 CMT Music Awards, airing live from Nashville Wednesday (June 8) at 8 p.m. ET.

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