dierks bentley has been a friend of ours for about 9 years now….
i believe this is a story i’ve never told. so let me start at the beginning….
back in 2005, we received a voice mail from dierks bentley. yes, that’s right. a voice mail. from dierks. not his manager. not his assistant. not his stylist or his publicist or any of other member of his village. it was a message from dierks himself.
i still remember the day…it started like any other normal day as we walked into our office that morning…but then amie played the voice messages. and we hear “um hi. this is dierks bentley…”. after that…it was all really a blur. i do know we replayed it approximately 47 times, picked ourselves up off the floor, and then started to listen to the actual purpose on WHY dierks bentley was calling us.
he had been on tour with miranda and loved her logo…he was asking if we would consider helping him with his graphics…with his merch line.
from that phone call, we ended up in nashville, sitting at a cafe and planning our collaboration.
and oh yeah…this is also the time that we were at a super posh restaurant (the name eludes me) for supper and i flicked shrimp and grits across the table and right into amie’s lap. oh yes i did. it was straight outta ‘pretty woman’. slippery little suckers. i know dierks’ people were really impressed.
our partnership with dierks, is much like that with miranda. it’s based on a handshake. it’s a friendship.
it’s involved tee shirt designs, a few “midnight specials” (designs created in the middle of the night through texts)…
and most recently…an airstream.
so now that you know the past…let me catch you up.
a couple of years ago dierks asked us to revamp an old airstream for him…for the 2 loves of his life – his music and his family.
we tried to accomplish both those things at once…a place to hang out and write with the boys in the band, but yet a place where he and his family could camp out up on the ridge.
in the process we thought about how this should look, how it should feel. and how we, most importantly, create a place that is VERY special and meaningful to him on a personal level. in the end, we incorporated banjos, old iconographic images of Arizona, hatch show prints, an old church pew and of course some vintage 8-tracks. featured here in an HGTV episode….or tune into great american country to catch a rerun!
AND be sureeeeee to click here for the FULL tour of the airstream!
we desperately wanted to incorporate a symbol that meant something profound…we tried elusively texting him questions like “what’s your fave symbol?” to no avail. we looked up Native American symbols and found our answer . . the THUNDERBIRD.
once we found the thunderbird, we looked no further. we knew it was meant to be. symbolizing “sacred bearer of happiness unlimited”…we knew this would resonate with dierks.
amie hand-sketched it…
then painted it big on a piece of poster board, and then dad made a stencil, which we then handpainted on the curtain…
and there it went, emblazoned onto the back curtain for the whole world to see.
we later found out that dierks’ dad had been a lifelong member in a group called the Phoenix Thunderbirds and had recently passed away.
some things are just meant to be. i believe, that’s why they call it destiny. or happenstance. creative visions crashing together…and sometimes, magic happens.
listen here to a radio interview where dierks explains the cosmic connection of the thunderbird symbol on his airstream to his dad…and then, full circle to the symbolic inspiration of his latest album…
so now…this little sketch that we drew here in round top, texas … is now the icon on dierks’ new album and soon to be documentary.
…turns out there was more to that thunderbird that we just didn’t know…
RISER, a special edit of the documentary, airs on CMT february 22nd at 1pm CST.
RiSER, the album, releases Feb 25th!!!