In honor of the upcoming Taste of Country Music Festival, we've rounded up 8 fun facts about the headliner, Dierks Bentley! After all, if you end up winning that VIP package to go to the concert as his special guest, you'll want to have a good conversation starter for when your time comes to chat with Dierks at the meet and greet! Check out the list below for 8 things you might not know about the country star!

via Getty Images/Chris Trotman

 

HE'S A SELF TAUGHT MUSICIAN

Dierks taught himself to play guitar at the age of 13! Talk about starting early!

 

DIERKS IS HIS MIDDLE NAME

His real first name? Frederick! Dierks was given to him as a middle name in honor of his great grandmother's maiden name.

 

HE'S A SMARTY PANTS

Dierks attended Culver Academies and graduated from The Lawrenceville School, both very prestigious, elite college preparatory academies.

 

HE'S A GRADUATE OF VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY

Dierks transferred from the University of Vermont to Vanderbilt when he was 19. He graduated there in 1997.

 

HIS FIRST INDUSTRY JOB WAS IN TELEVISION

Dierks started working at Nashville Network (now SpikeTV) at the age of 19. His job was to look through old videos of country music performances!

 

HE'S MARRIED TO HIS HIGH SCHOOL SWEETHEART

Dierks and his wife, Cassidy, dated in high school and sporadically through the years before going their separate ways. Years later, the two met again in February of 2005 on his tour bus. They eloped in Mexico in 2005!

 

HIS HIT SONGS ARE ABOUT HIS FAMILY

Bentley wrote his hit song "Feel that Fire" about his wife, Cassidy. His newest hit, "I Hold On", was inspired by his father who recently passed away.

 

HE'S A DAD

Dierks has 3 children with his wife: Evelyn Day Bentley (5)  Jordan Catherine Bentley and Knox (5 months old).

 

Want to meet Dierks up close and personal? Enter to win a VIP trip to the Taste of Country Music Festival! Enter by Friday March 28th, 2014!

 Find Dani on Twitter! @DaniOnUS105