Nothing says "party" more emphatically than 15 massive bottles of Patron tequila sitting on a trophy table waiting to be handed out.
Photo Credit: Marilu White
That's the sight that greeted guests Tuesday afternoon (Sept. 27) as they gathered at a Music Row bar to help Dierks Bentley and his co-writers, Jim Beavers and Jon Randall, celebrate the No. 1 success of their song, "Am I the Only One."
It was the perfect backdrop for a song whose refrain is, "Am I the only one who wants to have fun tonight?"
The bar hosting the festivities was named Losers, a fact that amplified the general air of dissipation.
Spokesmen for ASCAP and BMI, the performance rights organizations that sponsored the party, informed the crowd that "Am I the Only One" was Bentley's eighth No. 1 as an artist, Beavers' sixth as a writer and Randall's first as a writer.
Randall produced Bentley's Up on the Ridge bluegrass CD. To reaffirm his bluegrass creds, Bentley had earlier in the day performed with one of his chief mentors, Del McCoury, when McCoury and his band did an outdoor show outside Nashville's Ryman Auditorium to kick off the International Bluegrass Music Association convention.
Once the essential award conferrals were out of the way, Bentley took over the microphone to praise his co-writers and then to dispense the two-quart-size bottles of tequila to those who had contributed to the success of the song, including the sound engineer, publishing administrator, music video producers, record promoters, publicist and band members.
Bentley and Beavers had some fun trading barbs with each other. Beavers began by saying he would like to read the letters from fans who had said how much the song had done to change their lives but that no such letters had ever been received.
When the crowd failed to laugh sufficiently, Beavers said, "Oh, well. Dierks thought it was funny."
Not so, Bentley corrected. He said he had laughed so heartily because Beavers' joke had "bombed."
"If anybody knows about bombing, it's Dierks," Beavers shot back. "When they told me the party was going to be at Losers, I told them there wasn't that much parking at Dierks' house."
And so it went until all the backs were patted and all the adjectives of praise wrung dry.
Bentley was particularly appreciative toward his five band members, whom he repeatedly referred to as his "bros." He brought them all forward, introduced each to the crowd and detailed their histories in the band and their roles in the "Am I the Only One" music video.
Then he sent them back to the bus, each with a bottle in hand.
Looking out into a crowd that included his wife and two daughters, as well as legions of music biz friends, Bentley said, "My whole life is here in front of me."
View photos from the party.