Dierks Bentley Shares Hilarious Encounter Being Mistaken for Chase Rice

Bentley says “the whole bar’ thought he was Rice.


Madeleine O’Connell

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March 13, 2024


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Dierks Bentley; Photo by David Bradley, Chase Rice; Photo by Andrew Wendowski

Dierks Bentley recalls the hilarious moment he was mistaken for his fellow country singer and soon-to-be tourmate, Chase Rice.

One unavoidable aspect of living in the limelight is the regular occurrence of fans asking a celebrity or artist for photos when they’re spotted in public. However, as Bentley revealed during a recent appearance on The Bobby Bones Show, these interactions don’t always go as expected. 

“I was up in South Bend last week for my son’s hockey tournament and some guy came up to me to take a picture. He thought I was Chase Rice,” the “Same Ol’ Me” singer shared. 

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The Situation Is Usually Reversed

Bentley went on to explain that it’s usually Rice who is the one getting mistaken for him, not the other way around. 

“I feel bad for Chase. He’s 10 years younger, bigger, better looking, and he gets mistaken for me,” he joked. “Well, this is the first time my life, it’s been flipped, and it was not one person, it was three people. The whole bar at this Buffalo Wild Wings was like, ‘oh my gosh, Chase Rice.’”

Due to the irony of the situation, Bentley decided he would play along and pretend he was really Chase Rice while taking photos with this group of excited fans. He then forwarded images from the hilarious encounter to his doppelgänger, who replied saying, “This makes my day. So many years I got mistaken for you.”

Hitting The Road Together This Summer

Coincidentally, Chase Rice and Dierks Bentley are now gearing up to hit the road together. The “Lonely If You Are” singer has been tapped to appear as a special guest on Bentley’s Gravel & Gold Tour throughout the summer.

Bentley joked that while on the road, they might even be able to use the close resemblance of their appearance to pull off a “switcheroo” during the shows. 

“I’m thinking I could take the middle slot and be done by nine. He can take the headlining spot. The money’s going to stay the same. I’m taking headliner money if I get the middle slot done, be on the bus by nine o’clock, chilling,” he said, discussing his clever plan to trade places with Rice. “He’d go out there and sing all my songs. I sing his songs. My fans would be like, ‘damn, Dierks looks good. He’s younger. He’s got the body with the muscles. A little switcheroo idea.”

Longtime Friends And Tourmates

The pair of country artists have a long history of being both friends and tourmates. To celebrate the news of their return to the road together, Rice took to Instagram to share a throwback photo that truly shows just how much they do look alike when donning similar haircuts and outfits. He poked fun at their running joke and also shared how influential Bentley has been to his career throughout the past decade.

“We haven’t changed a bit. The first big tour I ever went on was Dierks 10 years ago. I was so new to it, but him asking me to come on the road was validating. Made me feel like I was good enough to do this,” Rice wrote in his caption. “Here we are 10 years later, doing it again. I can’t wait for everyone to go nuts when I walk on stage, thinking I’m Dierks. Pretty sure we’re not related but I may have to shave my head to make it clear that I’m not him (I get “are you Dierks Bentley” every single day). See y’all on the road this summer, fired up for this one!”

Bentley then took to the comment section to match Rice’s excitement to return to the road together and also said that the is “happy to be mistaken for you anytime.”

The Gravel & Gold Tour kicks off June 7 in Fort Worth, TX and runs through September 21 with the final show being in Milwaukee, WI. 

In addition to Chase Rice, a variety of other country artists will join on select dates of Dierks Bentley’s run, including Lee Brice, Graham Barham, Mae Estes, Ella Langley, Zach Top, Tyler Braden, Tanner Usrey, Kaitlin Butts, Randy Rogers Band, and Bella White. 

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Madeleine O’Connell graduated from North Central College with a bachelors degree in Journalism and Broadcast Communications before deciding to pursue her studies further at DePaul University. There, she earned her masters degree in Digital Communication & Media Arts. O’Connell served as a freelance writer for over two years while also interning with the Academy of Country Music, SiriusXM and Circle Media and assisting with Amazon Music’s Country Heat Weekly podcast. In addition to Country Now, she has been published in American Songwriter, Music Mayhem, and Holler.Country. Madeleine O’Connell is a member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.