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Inside Edge: Life imitates art for Dierks Bentley, plus Joe Nichols and ACM book news

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Inside Edge: Life imitates art for Dierks Bentley, plus Joe Nichols and ACM book news

By Kellie Michaels. CREATED Aug 20, 2014

Life is imitating art for Dierks Bentley. His latest single, "Drunk On A Plane," isn't just a song, it actually happened to Dierks and his band. Dierks reveals, "I am pretty proud of the fact that my band, just my band alone and the crew had some help too, we had drunk a Southwest plane completely dry of alcohol. I mean, just halfway through the flight it's just like 'We have no more booze thanks to you guys.'" Watch the video for Dierks' "Drunk On A Plane" from the "Riser" album above.

 
 
Not all of today's top artists live in Nashville. Joe Nichols is one of them. Joe says he feels right at home in Tyler, Texas, halfway between Shreveport, Louisiana, and Dallas. He tells ABC News, "It's a good way of life. The cost of living's pretty good. Nothing to complain about. ... It's a pretty awesome place." Joe says he loves coming "back to my house, my couch, my bed, my yard" after weeks on the road. Joe explains, "Those are things that kinda relax me and make me feel like, 'OK, I can go [tour] some more after a few more days of this.'"
 
There's a new coffee table book in the works for the serious country music fan. The Academy of Country Music is putting out a commemorative book dedicated to the history of its ACM Awards. Reba McEntire wrote the forward. ACM winners like Garth Brooks, Luke Bryan, Blake Shelton, George Strait and Carrie Underwood give fans a glimpse into what happens backstage during the show. The book is called "This is Country: A Backstage pass to the Academy Of Country Music Awards." The proceeds go to the ACM's charity arm, Lifting Lives. It goes on sale September 23 at www.acmcountry.com.
Kellie Michaels

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Kellie Michaels is co-host of the top-rated "Brian & Kellie" morning show on KFDI, in Wichita, Kan., with husband, Brian Pierce. She and Brian are one of only a handful of married couples doing morning shows in the country.