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Though he celebrated at a Nashville bar called Losers, Dierks Bentley was clearly in the winner's circle as he celebrated his latest No. 1 single, "Am I the Only One." Industry friends and family gathered to celebrate the song's success, including Dierks' wife, Cassidy, and their daughter, Evie. Guests nibbled on pork sliders and mexican fare, accompanied by beer. In lieu of No. 1 plaques, the song's writers, producers, radio promoters and select industry honorees also received bottles of tequila.
The place held special appeal for Dierks, though he admitted the party's location wasn't his first choice. In "Am I the Only One," the lyrics say I was flying solo / Down at Silverado’s / The joint looking like a morgue. "Anyone who’s lived in Nashville as long as I have knows what Silverado’s is—it’s the one bar that used to be open on Sundays," is how Dierks explains saying that his No. 1 party was originally slated to be held at Silverado’s. "I was really excited to have the No. 1 party at Silverado’s . . . just have it be a crazy No. 1 party, but Silverado’s is closed. I wanted to have it there, but this is a great spot and is easy for everyone to get to. I don’t get to come here as often as I’d like because I’m on the road, so it was good second choice.”
During several media interviews, it was hard to tell who Dierks was happier for—himself or songwriter and friend Jon Randall Stewart. The song marks the first No. 1 hit for Jon, who has also co-penned "Whiskey Lullaby" (with Bill Anderson) and several tracks from Dierks' Up on the Ridge album.
Prior to the party, Dierks also spilled on his upcoming album, which he has tentatively titled Home. "I think it's going to come out in February," says Dierks. "The last record, Up on the Ridge, was a really special record. I wanted to find the right way to make this next record. I've explored a lot of different ways of making a record, like going to Ashville, North Carolina, to do a lot of pre-production. We wanted to take our time and . . . make it have a message."
He says his current single, "Home," stems from the shootings in Dierks' homestate of Arizona in January 2011, where U.S. Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was shot and six others died. "The shooting [that] had happened in Tuscon, the massacre—that was definitely in the back of my mind," says Dierks. "This melody started coming out on the piano. Once that melody came into place, the words fell in there. It's hard to write a patriotic song that doesn't feel like it's too chest-pounding. I wanted to do something inspiring and uniting that looks back at our failures and more than anything our greatness. There are tough times out there, so hopefully it inspires [people] and makes them feel good."