Dierks Bentley (album)

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Dierks Bentley
Studio album by Dierks Bentley
Released August 19, 2003 (2003-08-19)
Recorded 2003
Genre Country
Length 46:19
Label Capitol Nashville
Producer Brett Beavers
Dierks Bentley chronology
Don't Leave Me in Love
Dierks Bentley
Modern Day Drifter
Singles from Dierks Bentley
  1. "What Was I Thinkin'"
    Released: April 14, 2003
  2. "My Last Name"
    Released: October 20, 2003
  3. "How Am I Doin'"
    Released: May 10, 2004
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]

Dierks Bentley is the first major-label album of country music singer Dierks Bentley. It was released on August 19, 2003 via Capitol Records Nashville and produced three singles in "What Was I Thinkin'", "My Last Name", "How Am I Doin'". The first one serves as his debut single, and it also became his first Number One hit on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks (now Hot Country Songs) charts. The album sold 1.1 million copies in the US.[2]

The track "My Love Will Follow You" was originally recorded by Buddy Miller on his 1995 album Your Love and Other Lies. "Bartenders, Etc." and "Whiskey Tears" were originally featured on Bentley's independently released 2001 album Don't Leave Me in Love, and were re-recorded for this album.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "What Was I Thinkin'" Deric Ruttan, Brett Beavers, Dierks Bentley 4:21
2. "Wish It Would Break" Beavers, Bentley 3:36
3. "Forget About You" Ronnie Rogers, Bentley 3:03
4. "I Can Only Think of One" Steve Bogard, Beavers, Bentley 3:50
5. "My Last Name" Harley Allen, Bentley 3:30
6. "Bartenders, Etc..." Bentley 2:47
7. "Is Anybody Loving You These Days" Bogard, Beavers, Bentley 3:23
8. "My Love Will Follow You" Buddy Miller, Julie Miller 3:19
9. "How Am I Doin'" Writer X, Bentley 3:48
10. "Distant Shore" Ruttan, Beavers, Bentley 3:01
11. "I Bought the Shoes" Jimmy Melton, Dale Dodson, Ken Mellons 3:27
12. "Whiskey Tears" Mike Ward, Bentley 3:32
13. "Train Travelin'" (featuring the Del McCoury Band) Bentley 4:40

Chart performance[edit]


Chart (2003) Peak
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 4
U.S. Billboard 200 26


Year Single Peak positions
US Country US
2003 "What Was I Thinkin'" 1 22
"My Last Name" 17 102
2004 "How Am I Doin'" 4 49


Region Certification
United States (RIAA)[3] Platinum


The Del McCoury Band (Track 13)[edit]

  • Mike Bub – upright bass
  • Jason Carter – fiddle
  • Del McCoury – acoustic guitar, background vocals
  • Rob McCoury – banjo
  • Ronnie McCoury – mandolin, background vocals


  1. ^ Doerschuk, Robert L. "Dierks Bentley review". Allmusic. Retrieved July 2, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Dierks Bentley Returns 'Home' to Country". Billboard. Retrieved February 12, 2012. 
  3. ^ "American album certifications – Dierks Bentley – Dierks Bentley". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH