By Annie Reuter
Dierks Bentley and Elle King recently spent the week together in Nashville as part of CBS’ Something in Common series, which brings together two voices that cross genres. In the segment, Bentley takes King to the famed Grand Ole Opry and the two learn a little bit more about each other.
Bentley told King the first time he heard his most recent No. 1 single “Different For Girls,” he knew he wanted her as a guest vocalist on the song.
“I had this great song sent to me and [was] trying to find a way to take this great song somewhere unexpected so I looked for someone weird and beautiful and talented and different,” he says. “For me, this was a once in a career thing where you go for something and it actually works out better than you could could ever plan it.”
While Bentley notes that “Different For Girls” is the complete opposite of King’s song “Ex’s & Oh’s,” he says he actually related to the girl part most on his single.
“I’m definitely the girl in ‘Different For Girls,'” he says, adding that during breakups when he was younger his hair often fell out and he lost weight. “I connected to the female part of that song.”
Later, Bentley would give King a tour of the Opry before they shared the stage for performance of the song as well as a cover of Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash’s “Jackson.”
“This is a dream come true for me,” King says. “I like making all different types of music because I don’t ever want to be in one genre. I want to make a country album one day, I want to make a soul album, maybe I’ll become a rapper. Who knows?”
As for Bentley? He’s happy staying put with country music.
“I never wanted to cross over. I like this genre,” he concedes.