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Home is where the heart is? Um, no. Home, according to Dierks Bentley, it's where his fans, his band and his crew are. That's what he told me Sunday (Oct. 9) when he was in Chicago (which must've felt very homey to him because his band and crew and thousands of fans were packed into a vacant lot outside Joe's Bar for his Miles & Music for Kids all-day music fest.) "I think that title of that song ('Home') is special to me because I'm coming home to country music," he said. "I'm on the road all the time, so everywhere we go has a hometown feel." And even though the song talks of being on a plane westbound, looking down at the blessed mother land where he was born, he admitted that home is now Nashville. "I miss the West, and I love Arizona, but I'm just so lucky to be able to travel the whole thing," he said. "The whole country feels like home to me, actually." Since his wife Cassidy and his daughters Evie and Jordan were with him in Chicago, he said he was trying to make home wherever he can. "It's great to bring home with you on the road," he told me. And as for the upcoming record, due out in February, Bentley said it's almost there. "It's done, but I'm like, 'I can be more done,'" he said of the way he's continuing to tweak the music and maybe write more songs. And this next record won't be like his last bluegrassy record, Up on the Ridge. "It will be a very country album, with steel guitar, fiddle, banjo, Dobro and all the acoustic sounds I like. We were just gonna call the album Country. But, it's called Home."