Chris Willman
September 26, 2003 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Dierks Bentley

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Dierks Bentley
Producers
Capitol

We gave it a B

He combines Toby Keith’s redneck baritone with Justin Timberlake’s prebuzz-cut curlicues. No wonder Bentley is country’s freshman of the year. Rockers like ”What Was I Thinkin”’ use fiddle and dobro in celebrating youthful indiscretions, while enlisting Del McCoury for the finale ensures he’ll win the old-timers’ vote for 2004’s CMA Horizon award.

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