Dierks Bentley and Ryan Tedder... Interior Designers? Inside Their Hotel Writer Rooms

Katie Kauss
Above: Tedder's writing room 

When Dierks Bentley, who got his start playing Nashville’s dive bar scene before becoming a country star, landed his first publishing deal with Sony/Tree nearly two decades ago, he took to an old firehouse in the city to write songs. “There was nothing in it,” recalls the 41-year-old. “But there was magic there.”      

He has recaptured that magic in the rentable writing room he designed for the Hutton Hotel. Opening in October (rates not available yet), along with a space designed by hitmaker Ryan Tedder, the rooms are intended to foster creativity for artists with instruments and chic decor.    

For Tedder, who has penned hits for Adele and Beyoncé, white walls and candlelight were essential, while Bentley opted for Southwestern touches, like Navajo-inspired carpets and worn leather chairs. In a city full of recording studios, “the idea was to look toward Nashville’s songwriting culture,” says Bruce Flohr, partner at Red Light Management, who helped steer the project for the luxury boutique hotel that remains one of the city’s most contemporary places to stay.

This article originally appeared in the September 23 issue of Billboard.