I had to do some extensive research on this one, as for years, I have kina thought that Dierks Bentley and Billy Currington were...the same guy. Some recent examples: "Come a Little Closer" = "Doin' Somethin' Right;" "Tryin' to Stop You Leavin'" is the sad version of Billy's "Don't."
Please, don't forget also that they both have curly hair...this is rare in country music and apt to confuse those of us who don't get to make it out to all of the concerts to tell which one wears torn jeans and which doesn't.
Dierks Bentley's first album came out on August 19, 2003. He immediately threw "What Was I Thinkin" and "How am I Doin'" at a crowd aching for some sexy electric guitar and some attitude. We were roped in quickly. Dierks writes a lot of his own stuff, and like many artists, he produced his last album "Feel That Fire" on Capitol Records. He has had a ton of memorable songs that scream only Dierks, no one else: "A Lot of Leavin' Left to Do," "Last Name," (which I danced to with my father-in-law at my wedding reception), "Settle for a Slowdown," "Long Trip Alone," et cetera, et cetera. His sound is original, he takes risks, his songs are as memorable as his name.
Billy Currington's first album came out - ready for this one? - September 30, 2003. We had barely had a full month of Dierks when Billy popped onto the stage with "I Got a Feelin." However, aside from his curly hair, Billy shared nothing in common with Dierks at this point. "I Got a Feelin'" is a jolly commercial-like song guaranteed to draw an audience of ladies at the very least, loving such a cute and sweet song, just in time for Midwestern Sweetest Day (October 16th). He got to duet with Shania soon after, and has had his own original types of songs, too. "Good Directions," written by Luke Bryan, is one of his most brilliant choices for an album, and honestly, he does it better than Luke. His effort at rock and roll country (not tried nearly as often) doesn't quite "roll" as well as Dierks. Sweet, funny, ironic, and romantic songs are what come best from Billy: "Don't" with that fabulous music video, "People are Crazy," "Good Directions," "Party for Two," and even "Doin' Somethin' Right," are all great for the vocal and musical style that comes from Billy.
The revelation that I have come across after six and a half years of listening to Dierks and Billy? They are most certainly not the same guy at all! Amazing.
Dierks' most recent album "Feel That Fire" was released February 3, 2009, and is available from Capitol Records.
Billy's most recent album "Little Bit of Everything," was released in October 2008 on Mercury.