Dierks Bentley Just Covered 'One Of The Greatest Rock Songs Of All Time'

CMA Fest 2023 - Day 4

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Dierks Bentley just released a triumphant rendition of iconic 70's rock hit "American Girl" originally performed by Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers. The newly-released cover smoothes the edges of the familiar, gritty rock beat while simultaneously paying perfect homage to the melody.

According to American Songwriter, the American anthem, initially released in 1976, was actually recorded for the first-time on the 4th of July. Keeping all lyrics the same, Bentley serenades listeners with a story built on hope and ambition as the "American Girl," running freely through the lines of the song, chases her dreams with relentless passion. Bentley took to Instagram to express his excitement for the cover, revealing that the entire project would not have been possible without the "greatest acoustic pickers of all time."

"When you get asked to reimagine one of the greatest rock & roll songs of all time by one of the most iconic American musicians of all time, the first thing you do is call up some of the greatest acoustic pickers of all time for the assist! My version of #AmericanGirlhonoring @tompettyofficial is out today!"

Classic country sound seamlessly blends with Petty's original vision as Bentley sings, "Oh yeah, alright, take it easy baby, make it last all night. Yes she was, an American Girl!"

The country hitmaker released never-before-seen studio footage in the days leading up to the highly-anticipated release. He and his band worked tirelessly to honor Petty's version of the track in only a way that Dierks Bentley could. The "Drunk on a Plane" hitmaker will be hitting the road this summer as part of his recently announced Gravel & Gold Tour set to kick off in Fort Worth, Texas in June!

Listen to Bentley's rendition of "American Girl" on iHeartRadio now!