No. 1 Party: Dierks Bentley’s “5-1-5-0”

(l-r): Jim Beavers, Dierks Bentley and Brett Beavers. Photo: Ed Rode

ASCAP Nashville’s Marc Driskill welcomed a crowd to celebrate Dierks Bentley’s No. 1 hit “5-1-5-0″ yesterday (8/30) at the newly expanded Tin Roof on Demonbreun in Nashville. “5-1-5-0,” which the singer co-wrote with Jim Beavers and Brett Beavers, marks Bentley’s 10th No. 1, all of which were co-written by Bentley with one or both of the brothers.

BMI’s Clay Bradley noted the brothers have accumulated 16 No. 1s between the two—seven for Jim, nine for Brett—as he presented No. 1 cups to the writers.

Capitol Records Nashville Sr. VP of Promotion Steve Hodges encouraged the writers for 10 more hits before presenting them with the infamous Capitol Records impaler awards. Other Capitol staffers, Shane Allen, Tom Becci, and Cindy Mabe were called to the stage to present a special 10th No. 1 plaque to Bentley.

Producers Brett Beavers and Luke Wooten received special plaques from ASCAP and Daniel Lee of BMG Chrysalis reminisced about Bentley’s last No. 1, “Home.”

“Jim is a character,” teased presenter Sony/ATV’s Terry Wakefield, referring to the memorably funny hits like “5-1-5-0” and “Red Solo Cup.”

“Ten years ago, Brett introduced me to Dierks at Pie Wagon,” recalled Jim Beavers. “Dierks changed my life, and my family’s life. But something to remember, is this song is the most hyphenated song title since ‘D-I-V-O-R-C-E.’”

“Today I reminisced, driving up 4th and 5th Ave downtown,” said Bentley after thanking his manager and publicist Mary Hilliard Harrington of the Greenroom. “My experience in Nashville has been like songwriting. I didn’t come to this town with a hook, but have collected certain lines that meant something. And when you put each song together, they tell a story of my career.”

Dierks delivered special plaques to individuals who contributed to the success of the single, including label staff and the writer and production team.

Avenue Bank’s Ron Cox presented a financial contribution on behalf of each writer towards the Dierks Foundation’s Miles and Music for Kids. Brandi Simms offered the writers CMA Medallions to which the writers accepted with a collective cheer of ooh’s and awe’s. Bill Mayne presented the CRB No. 1 awards.

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