During halftime of Super Bowl XLVI last weekend, Chrysler aired a two-minute ad called “Halftime in America.” Iconic tough guy Clint Eastwood provided the voiceover, ruminating on the tough battle our country has endured with great optimism about its future and pride in its people’s collective ability to overcome hardships. It was a powerful spot, whatever political affiliation you may have.
One of our own has taken a similar sentiment and turned it into a hit for this particularly troubled age. Dierks Bentley’s “Home,” this week’s CountryBreakout No. 1 song, strikes a resonant chord by managing the tightrope walk of being patriotic without excluding or alienating anyone. Bentley penned the song with Dan Wilson and Brett Beavers, which in addition to its chart success, was recently nominated for ACM Song of the Year.
This chart milestone arrives as Bentley is promoting the release of his sixth studio album, Home. He’s been up in New York the last week, visiting Letterman and Today, and over the weekend he’ll journey to Los Angeles to be a presenter on the 54th Annual Grammy Awards Sunday, Feb. 12. and perform on the Ellen DeGeneres Show Feb. 15. His Country & Cold Cans tour will head north to British Columbia on Feb. 15, followed by an Australian leg.