On this date (March 15th) in 2005, Dierks Bentley scored his first platinum record with his self-titled debut album, which featured his No. 1 single “What Was I Thinkin’,” in addition to “My Last Name” and “How Am I Doin’.”
On April 7th, 2005, a party was held in his honor at the now defunct Hair of the Dog saloon, chosen in part in homage to his constant canine companion, Jake.
Photo (l to r): Capitol Nashville’s Mike Dungan, Today host Katie Couric, Dierks Bentley and Capitol’s Fletcher Foster
Photo Credit: Marilu White
Dierks Bentley (1st platinum album) OC: …Capitol Records. :25
“That was always kind of the goal, just something about getting that platinum level was a big deal. So, that was always the goal, and I held out on doing any sort of party until we got to this level, and it’s a big deal. When I was saying up there about how it’s more of a celebration of the people you work with, it really is, because it’s been over two years since ‘What Was I Thinkin’’ came out. So, we played so many dates on the road and just shook so many hands. I think I’ve shook the hand of every person that’s actually bought one of my records. It’s a big deal for me. It’s a big deal for Capitol Records.”