With a father and grandfather who both served in the Army, Dierks Bentley kept his blessings in check when creating his "Ultimate 4th of July Mixtape" for Pandora. The country star includes uplifting, inspirational tracks such as One Republic's "I Lived" and Tim McGraw's "Humble and Kind," along with patriotic songs like Bruce Springsteen's "Born in the U.S.A." and Lee Greenwood's "God Bless the U.S.A."
"To me, the Fourth of July is all about celebrating the great country that we live in, the freedoms we have and the people that have fought and died to keep those freedoms alive and well," says Bentley. "Whether as a kid growing up watching fireworks, or just now thinking about all the freedoms we get to enjoy thanks to the folks in the military, these songs make me think of the Fourth of July."
Bentley includes a lot of songs for those backyard barbeques and fireworks shows, as well, playing old favorites ranging from Garth Brooks "Ain't Goin' Down ('Til the Sun Comes Up)" to U2's "With or Without You," and newer party-ready tracks like Pharrell's "Happy" and his own "Sideways." And in the spirit of his new album, Black, which is all about relationships, Bentley includes a lot of love songs — from Brothers Osborne's "Stay a Little Longer" to Beyoncé's "Crazy in Love."
Listen to Dierks Bentley's "Ultimate 4th of July Mixtape" on Pandora here.