Dierks Bentley (born November 20, 1975, in Phoenix, Arizona) is an American country music artist. After years of playing various local venues, Dierks was discovered and signed to Capitol Records in 2003. That year, he released his self-titled debut album. Both it and its follow-up, 2005's Modern Day Drifter, were certified platinum in the United States. A third album, 2006's Long Trip Alone, was certified gold. It was followed in late 2007 by a greatest hits package. Bentley has charted eleven singles on the country singles charts, of which five have reached No. 1: "What Was I Thinkin'," "Come a Little Closer," "Settle for a Slowdown," "Every Mile a Memory," and "Free and Easy (Down the Road I Go)." Four more of his singles have reached Top Five on the country charts as well.