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Dierks Bentley picked an appropriate location to celebrate his latest No. 1 single, "Home," Monday ( April 30): the Nashville diner he often calls his "second home," Arnold's Country Kitchen.
Dierks hosted the lunchtime event for media and industry members and celebrated with one of the song's co-writers, Brett Beavers. Co-writer Dan Wilson was unable to attend.
"I've been coming here [Arnold's] since about 1994 or '95," Dierks told the assembled crowd. During a time when he was going through a rough breakup, and losing weight in the process, Dierks revealed that he ate at Arnold's nearly every day for three months. "They saved me," Dierks said.
Dierks added that "Home" was "a special song," while conceding that he wasn't sure if it would hit the top. "It had so many layers," Dierks told reporters after the ceremony. "It was just a different type of song."
When he performs the song in concert, it takes on a communal feeling. "It's a song that seems to bring the whole crowd together," Dierks noted. "I feel really blessed to have this, and to have it go all the way to No. 1 is really cool." This marks the ninth No. 1 single for Dierks.