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The Song Remembers When: Dierks Bentley’s “I Hold On”

We take you behind the scenes and explore the making of one of our favorite tunes with The Song Remembers When…


In the spring of 2014, Dierks Bentley reached number one on the Billboard Country Airplay chart for the 11th time with a song he actually had no intention of releasing to radio. It was called “I Hold On,” and it was the first number one from Dierks’ album Riser.

Now, the song, which he had co-written with songwriter Brett James, is very personal to Dierks. He was back home in Arizona and was thinking about his father’s passing and the road trip that they had taken together when he was just 19, and Dierks said that the words just came to him.  The truck he sings about in that song is the very same truck that he and his father drove from Phoenix to Nashville. And, Dierks still has the vehicle!

The song is sentimental, and it’s about all the things in his life that mean something to him, including his banged up guitar, the one he still holds on to…

Here’s this week’s The Song Remembers When – Dierks Bentley and “I Hold On”


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