Bentley’s has been on the move with over 55 cities during the summer leg of his “What The Hell tour”. The tour started on the east coast in May and finishes up in November on Oklahoma
The Chicago show opened with the best “unknown” opening act the Bolo Boys Bluegrass band. Dierks has been known to be a bit of a prankster, and has been opening his own show in some cities. Bentley and the whole band in disguise came out to very little fan fair played a couple of songs and left without saying a word. But those in the know got a great taste of what was to come.
Jon Pardi has been climbing the country ranks on a steady pace for several years “There’s a growing audience for throwback,” Pardi says. “People want to hear somebody who really enjoyed the ‘90s country music era and brings that to 2016 country. A lot of this record is bringing an old-school flare back to a mainstream sound, but that gives me my own lane.” Pardi has been getting more air-play on local radio with his latest release “Heartache On The Dance Floor” but has been on SiriusXm for some time.
Cole Swindell has rocked up the chart again with “Flatliner” a duet with the tour headliner Dierks Bentley. “I have said since the day this song was released that I wrote ‘Flatliner’ about four years ago with him in mind to record it. Never in my wildest dreams did I think he would record it with me for my own album one day.” Flatliner is the 7th consecutive no. 1 single from Swindell. Cole’s set included all of his hits and with a well-placed break, you can see right where the encore will side right when he is the headliner.
It’s been just over a year since the release of “Black” and the release of the albums third consecutive single has hit number 1, making it his 16th of Dierks career. “‘Every single we’ve put out this year has been a really important piece of the story of this album, but ‘Black’ is the one that’s really the cornerstone of the whole project, and it’s about my wife. Watching this one rise to the top of the chart is extra sweet,” said Bentley.
The multi-platinum artist Dierks Bentley has been on the road and continues to bring the surprises to each and every show. During a meet & greet with the fans backstage before the show in Fresno, California, Bentley helped surprise the two sons of Sgt. Steven Mendez who had been overseas for nearly a year.
“I can’t begin to imagine the sacrifice of being away from your family for sometimes years,” said Bentley. “‘I love the fact that Country music fans hold our military and their families in such high regard and always jump at the chance to say thank you. It was a really cool moment in the show, and a really special thing for me to be part of.”
Bentley breaks up his set by bringing out his tour mates, Jon Pardi helps out with a cover from the legend George Strait, Elle King made a holographic appearance for Different for Girls. Everyone was waiting and not disappointed when Cole Swindell came out for Flatliner. Top off the night with both Cole and Jon to help out on Drunk on a Plane. The crowd of over 27,000 never used their seats singing and dancing, cheering all night long! From “shot gunning” a beer with a fan from the crowd, to running around the Hollywood Casino Amphitheater to a small stage in the middle of the crowd for a short acoustic set then back around the other side giving everyone a up close look at the country star. If you have never been to a Bentley show this is the tour to see! Check Dierks.com/tour for upcoming cities and dates to find a city near you!