Dierks Bentley's new single, “What the Hell Did I Say,” is one he did not write for his current Black album, but it's definitely one he loves to perform live. Dierks tells us: [“‘What the Hell Did I Say’ is one of the first songs that I heard that I didn’t write, that I fell in love with and knew I wanted it to be on this record. It’s actually written by two of the guys that I wrote ‘Drunk on a Plane.’ They didn’t call me up, but they wrote it with my producer, Ross (Copperman), and they knew it’d be a great song for me and that I’d love it. You know, I’ve learned over the years of making records that, really in the last couple of years, it’s okay to have some of those fun songs on there. Sometimes when I go into album-making mode, I get so serious, and I almost didn’t cut ‘Drunk on a Plane,’ even though I wrote it. I look back at that now and I think, ‘What was I thinking not to have?’ That song is one of my favorite songs to sing every night. So, I didn’t make that mistake this time around. I knew ‘What the Hell’ was gonna be a really fun song on the album. I just didn’t know where it was going to fit on the album.”] SOUNDCUE (:41 OC: . . . on the album.)
“What the Hell Did I Say” follows three consecutive Number One singles from Black — “Somewhere on a Beach,” “Different for Girls” and the gold-certified title track, and it’s also the idea behind his current What the Hell tour, which features Jon Pardi and Cole Swindell.