Dierks Bentley‘s 1994 white Chevy truck, named Big White, has appeared in several of his videos, and he directly references the vehicle in his latest hit, “I Hold On.” So, why is there a white Ford truck featured in the song’s video?
It turns out Dierks wanted the guy in the video to be a younger version of himself. He wanted the guy to be on a similar journey from playing honky tonks to eventually playing arenas, but Dierks wanted to draw the line between himself and the character in the clip.
Dierks tells ABC News Radio, “We kind of went out of our way to get a different guy with dark hair, and that’s why I got the Ford instead of the Chevy just to like not draw – – he’s having his own experience and not me. I’ve had a lot of people comment on that.”
In a larger sense, Dierks took pains to include elements of Americana to capture the line about “faith, love and freedom” in the song. It’s a nod to all the small towns Dierks has discovered touring the country on a bus in the last 10 years.
“You drive through small towns and storefronts and cafes and barber shops and American flags,” Dierks says. “I wish I had started from very beginning taking pictures of American flags in these random locations I’ve seen them all over the country — on the sides of barns and in front yards and on silos.”
“I Hold On” is featured on Dierks’ latest album, Riser.
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