Well-wishers gathered Thursday (Aug. 30) at Nashville's Tin Roof, a popular bar near Music Row, to celebrate Dierks Bentley's most recent No. 1 single, "5-1-5-0."
Photo Credit: Brian Tipton
Written by Bentley, Brett Beavers and brother Jim Beavers, "5-1-5-0" refers to a police code used to describe a person acting out of their mind. It became a mainstream catchphrase after it was used as the title of rock band Van Halen's 1990 album.
Wearing a white T-shirt and a red trucker cap, Bentley said the song came about after he mentioned the code to Jim Beavers, who was intrigued as to what it meant. Once Bentley explained, the song started to take shape.
After an 18-week climb up the chart, "5-1-5-0" reached the top to become Bentley's 10th No. 1 single, all of which were at least co-written by Bentley and, remarkably, all of which were also co-written by at least one of the Beavers brothers.
BMI's Clay Bradley took the stage first to congratulate the writers and started off by reminding the crowd that country music is built on a strong family tradition, exemplified by the Beavers brothers and their success.
"The only other brothers I can think of with as much chart success are the Gibbs and the Jacksons," said Bradley. "And there were three Gibbs and five Jacksons, so they had an edge on you guys."
Bradley started off the torrent of awards given out to the "5-1-5-0" team with BMI's ceremonial No. 1 cups. Then the plaques started arriving, six in all, plus one set of medallions and a round of the infamous "impalers" from Bentley's record label Capitol Records.
Ron Cox of Avenue Bank also presented the writers with a certificate of contribution made on their behalf to Bentley's Miles & Music for Kids charity foundation.
Each speaker took time to praise Bentley and company for their character, work ethic and diverse songwriting abilities, shown in how different Bentley's two most recent No. 1's are -- those of course being "Home" and "5-1-5-0."
When the songwriters themselves took the stage, the mood was decidedly casual, most likely since each writer had been through the drill many, many times before -- 16 times between the Beavers brothers and 10 times for Bentley, to be exact.
Brett Beavers thanked all those involved, saying this achievement was made that much sweeter because it came with Bentley, a personal friend, and his brother. He held special thanks for Luke Wooten, who he co-produced the track with, for "making him look so good."
Jim Beavers, known for his robust sense of humor, remarked that he was very proud of the song, especially the fact that it is the "most-hyphenated song to top the charts since Tammy Wynette's 'D-I-V-O-R-C-E.'"
Earlier in the proceedings Terry Wakefield of Sony/ATV Music Publishing told the story of the time Jim Beavers called a meeting to show off some of his new songs, and, arriving at the meeting, handed out adult diapers to everyone in the room. Wakefield said Beavers told everyone they were "going to [expletive]" when they heard the new material.
"Thanks Terry," replied Beavers. "My 6 and 8-year-old are sitting not five feet from you."
Beavers also used his time onstage to say he met Dierks 10 years ago and took an immediate liking to him, although he never imagined they would be standing together years later at parties like these. He thanked the singer for changing his life and the life of his family.
When Bentley finally stepped up to the microphone he extended his thanks to the many colleagues in attendance, especially his publicist Mary Hilliard, whom he lovingly described as "the funnel to my beer bong."
He told everyone how earlier in the day he had gone out to register the '67 Camaro his wife had given him as a birthday gift and ended up driving around downtown Nashville's honky-tonk district, remembering the old days when he first arrived in town.
He remarked that at that time, his claim to fame was as the first act to get hired at the Stage on Broadway and also as the first act to be fired from the same club because his band did not include an electric guitar player and patrons had a hard time hearing over the noise from other nearby clubs.
Bentley then likened the songwriting process to his own emergence as an artist. At times, he said, writers will arrive at a session with no real hook or focus, only to work their way into a clearly-defined narrative. This was his experience as his career began to take shape, and he expressed his gratitude for those who let him find his own way and helped push him in the right direction.
Finally, mentioning that he could not believe he now had 10 No. 1 songs, Bentley thanked his wife and two young daughters. Then he turned the tables on all the award-giving, presenting his writers, producers, label staff and his video director with large, unwieldy plaques of their own.
See photos from the party.