• COUNTRY RISING CONCERT EXPANDS TO INCLUDE LAS VEGAS AND ADDS KEITH URBAN TO THE LIST OF PERFORMERS.

    Country Music’s star-studded benefit concert COUNTRY RISING announced today that in light of last week’s tragedy, it will now support victims of the Las Vegas shooting in addition to those in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and additional Caribbean islands who have been impacted by the recent hurricanes. Tickets and VIP packages for the event will now go on sale next Friday, Oct. 20 at 10:00A CT on www.Ticketmaster.com. Citi® is the official presale credit card of Country Rising. Citi® cardmembers will have access to purchase presale tickets beginning Wednesday, Oct. 18 at 10:00A CT through Citi’s Private Pass® program. For complete presale details visit www.citiprivatepass.com.

    Keith Urban is the latest mega-star to add his name to the bill, which also includes Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Sam Hunt, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Martina McBride, Reba McEntire, Chris Stapleton, George Strait and Carrie Underwood. Due to a scheduling conflict with additional tour dates being added in Spokane, WA, Garth Brooks will no longer be part of the event in Nashville and will instead donate all proceeds from his two added concerts on November 12th to The Country Rising Fund.

    COUNTRY RISING will benefit The Country Rising Fund of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, which was established to support charitable initiatives to help victims of the September 2017 hurricanes — Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Jose and Maria. Additionally, the fund will now also envelop victims of the shooting in Las Vegas last week. In the course of rebuilding lives disrupted by these devastating events, there are immediate needs and there also will be long-term needs. This fund will strategically support both as they emerge.

    For more information, visit: www.CountryRising.org.

  • DIERKS BENTLEY VISITS THE UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTER OF SOUTHERN NEVADA IN VEGAS.

    Dierks Bentley piloted a plane to Las Vegas on Monday to meet and perform for the survivors and first responders, as well as the doctors, nurses and staff at the University Medical Center of Southern Nevada following the horrific tragedy at the Rt. 91 Festival a week ago. Last week, Dierks said he was “at a total loss for words” over the mass shooting that took nearly 60 lives and left hundreds injured.

    stopping by #vegas to say hi to some folks

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    few more from #Vegas tonight. everyday heroes among us.

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  • DIERKS BENTLEY ATTENDS THE HOLLYWOOD PREMIERE OF ‘ONLY THE BRAVE.’

    Dierks Bentley attended the Hollywood premiere for the new film, Only the Brave, for which he contributed the song, “Hold the Light.” The film, which stars Jeff Bridges, Josh Brolin, Miles Teller, Taylor Kitsch, Jennifer Connelly and Andie MacDowell, is the story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, a group of elite Arizona firefighters who risk their lives to protect Prescott from one of the worst wildfires in history.

     

    “This song hits really close to me because we wrote it based on the story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots,” said Dierks in a recent press release about the song “Hold the Light.” “One of the most powerful takeaways for me from working on this project has been the need to search for hope and light even in the darkest of times. I think right now that message is more meaningful than ever.”

    Only the Brave opens in theaters nationwide October 20th.

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  • COUNTRY STARS REACT TO THE HORRIFIC TRAGEDY IN LAS VEGAS.

    Words are still hard to come by, emotions and unfamiliar feelings are flooding our hearts and souls and trying to process the horrific tragedy at the Rt. 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas on Sunday night (October 1st) is still something that we can’t quite do and which will affect us the rest of our lives. The Country Music family, community, fans and friends around the world have been shaken to the core by the devastating carnage from Sunday night.

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    Eric Church performed at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville on Wednesday night (October 4th) and spoke eloquently and passionately about Sunday’s shooting in Las Vegas. He was one of the headliners at the Route 91 Harvest Festival and painted the picture of the fans who attended the festival. He dedicated “Why Not Me,” a song he wrote this week, to Sonny Melton, the Paris, Tennessee man who died protecting his wife from the bullets that were being sprayed into the crowd of festivalgoers. Check out the videos below.

     

    While he performed “Here On Earth” the other morning for a national radio show, he’s also healing folks by talking to them and really listening to them, as well as giving much needed blood to the American Red Cross.

    Heartbroken for all the victims and families involved in #LasVegas. Still in disbelief. I love you all

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    There are no words. Praying for all the victims and their families affected by the tragedy in Vegas.

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    Our hearts are so heavy this morning… sick to our stomachs.

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    Lord be near (Route 91) Psalm 91

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    …And the greatest of these is LOVE. ❤️ 1 Corinthians 13 #prayersforvegas

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    On the worst day ever. It got even worse. #nowords #prayforvegas #musicisawesome #tompettyandtheheartbreakers

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    At a loss for words over what happened in Vegas last night…My prayers are with everyone involved.

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    Audio / Before performing “Bridge Over Troubled Waters” at Monday night’s Candlelight Vigil at Nashville’s Ascend Theater, Keith Urban offered hope and prayers from his family to everyone who was affected by Sunday night’s horrific tragedy in Las Vegas.

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    Keith Urban (Candlelight Vigil) OC: …in the world. 1:23
    “I I want to firstly offer the prayers and love of my whole family to everybody affected by last night’s horrific tragedy. I started this morning by finding out about it, and being shell-shocked all morning getting my kids ready for school. And our nine-year-old, as I was driving her to school this morning, said to, ‘Dad, you seem quiet.’ I said, ‘Yeah, it was a lot of people killed last night.’ She said, ‘Did you know any of them?’ I said, ‘Not that I know of.’ Then she said, ‘Well, why are you so sad?’ I said, ‘Well, first of all, these were innocent people horrifically taken. Secondly, they’re like family.’ It’s the one thing about country music that’s always been at the center of it. It is community. It’s about community. So, I did know those people in that way, and it just really hit me. I feel very grateful for this moment tonight to be able to put some light in the world.”

     

    Audio / Before performing "Go Rest High On That Mountain" at Monday night's Candlelight Vigil in Nashville, Vince Gill gave his thoughts to the horrific events of Sunday night.

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    Vince Gill (Candlelight Vigil) OC: …innocent people. :17
    Thank you for the opportunity to come and lift up 58 families who lost somebody last night. An honor to be here as a voice for the innocent. May we never lose our voice for innocent people.”

     

    Audio / Vince Gill's wife, Amy Grant, led a prayer at Monday night's Candlelight Vigil in Nashville to honor those who lost and risked their lives Sunday night in Las Vegas.

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    Amy Grant (Candlight Vigil) OC: …each other. Amen. 2:21
    Father in Heaven, thank you for the gift of each other. Thank you that none of us is born alone or dies alone. But you go before us and beneath us and beside us and within us. Thank you for loving arms that were there to catch every fallen child, man and woman. Thank you for your presence that never leaves us. Thank you for word said over and over again, ‘Fear not.’ ‘Fear not.’ Father, in silence, we lift up, we just imagine all of the people rebuilding their lives. Broken. Grieving. And as a group, I don’t even know how to imagine lifting them all up, but I’m just picturing us almost like slinging them on our backs, lifting them up in our arms to the light of your love. We lift them up now, God, in silence. We lift up grieving spouses, God. We lift up moms and dads grieving the loss of a child, a son and a daughter. We lift up the doctors and nursing attending to the hundreds of people recovering. Give us the grace, God, every day, to see each other. To see each other. To see our differences. To see our similarities. To observe. To learn rather than judge. Fill our hearts with courage to not be afraid. To love, love, love. Thank you that you began this story that we’re all a part of, and you will finish it. And it began in love, and it will end in love. Thank you for the gift of each other. Amen.”

    Video / Eric Church performs "Why Not Me" on the Grand Ole Opry.

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    Video / Eric Church honors the victims and heroes and fans at Sunday night's horrific tragedy in Las Vegas.

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  • DIERKS BENTLEY RELEASES THE OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO FOR ‘HOLD THE LIGHT,’ A SONG FROM THE SOUNDTRACK OF ‘ONLY THE BRAVE.’

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    Multi-PLATINUM singer/songwriter and Arizona native Dierks Bentley along with Bon Iver’s S. Carey debut the new music video behind “Hold The Light,” featured in Columbia Pictures and Black Label Media’s upcoming film Only the Brave (10/20). Premiering today across The Hollywood Reporter and Billboard, Bentley and Carey “grow instantly reflective” (USA Today) in the “evocative new song interspersed with both natural beauty and overhanging finality” (Rolling Stone). Directed by Wes Edwards and shot in Nashville last month, the video includes a moving performance with Bentley’s band and incorporates pivotal scenes from the film to mirror the song’s key lyrics.
     
    “This song hits really close to me because we wrote it based on the story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots,” said Bentley. “One of the most powerful takeaways for me from working on this project has been the need to search for hope and light even in the darkest of times. I think right now that message is more meaningful than ever.”
    To watch Bentley and S. Carey’s music video for “Hold The Light” through The Hollywood Reporter click here: http://bit.ly/2y2n0qN
     
    As Bentley co-wrote his first-ever song written and recorded for a motion picture with Carey, Joe Trapanese and Jon Randall it has already been dubbed as a “Best Original Song” contender for the 2018 Oscar’s by The Hollywood Reporter. In the collaboration, the songwriters worked closely with Only the Brave composer Joe Trapanese’s film theme, providing a seamless transition between song and score and resulting in a song that is integral to the film itself. Bentley “achieves exactly the emotional response he’s after” (Arizona Republic) throughout “Hold The Light” as he delivers “an emotional tribute to those who sacrifice themselves for others,” (Taste of Country). To learn more about Only the Brave, see a testimonial video in which Bentley, Carey and survivor Brendan McDonough describe honoring the sacrifice of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, and find out how you can support the wildland firefighter communities through The Granite Mountain Fund, go to www.OnlyTheBrave-Movie.com.
     
    It’s not what stands in front of you – it’s who stands beside you. Only the Brave, based on the true story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, is the heroic story of one unit of local firefighters that through hope, determination, sacrifice, and the drive to protect families, communities, and our country become one of the most elite firefighting teams in the country. As most of us run from danger, they run toward it – they watch over our lives, our homes, everything we hold dear, as they forge a unique brotherhood that comes into focus with one fateful fire. The film stars Josh Brolin, Miles Teller, Jeff Bridges, James Badge Dale, with Taylor Kitsch and Jennifer Connelly. Directed by Joseph Kosinski and written by Ken Nolan and Eric Warren Singer, based upon the GQ Article “No Exit” by Sean Flynn, the film is produced by Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Michael Menchel, Erik Howsam, Molly Smith, Thad Luckinbill, Trent Luckinbill, Dawn Ostroff, and Jeremy Steckler.
     
    Current CMA “Male Vocalist of the Year” nominee Dierks Bentley has a “reputation as one of the hardest-working entertainers in country music” (Music Row) as “he sells out enormous tours, is a perennial favorite of format radio stations, and earns critical acclaim without compromising his artistic vision” (Entertainment Weekly). With 17 No. One hits and more than one billion digital streams he “continues to take risks that pay off,” (USA Today) as his eighth studio album BLACK, has been hailed the “most fully-formed LP of his career” (TIME). After making its debut at the No. One position on Billboard’s all-genre Top Albums Chart and Top Country Albums chart, BLACK has garnered nominations from the ACM, CMA, GRAMMY and Billboard Music Awards while earning three consecutive No. Ones; the gold-certified title track and the PLATINUM certified hits “Somewhere On A Beach” and “Different For Girls.” “The bluegrass picker, the love  song singer and the stadium rocker all packaged together” (Associated Press) has been a Grand Ole Opry member for over a decade and has illustrated his depth and diversity as an artist with “ferocious live performances” (Fresno Bee) throughout his 2017 WHAT THE HELL WORLD TOUR, which claimed the top spot on Billboard‘s Hot Tours selling over 750,000 tickets. For more information visit www.dierks.com.
  • DIERKS BENTLEY, SAM HUNT, LADY ANTEBELLUM, LITTLE BIG TOWN, CHRIS STAPLETON, GEORGE STRAIT AND CARRIE UNDERWOOD WILL TAKE PART IN COUNTRY RISING, A BENEFIT CONCERT TO SUPPORT THE VICTIMS OF THE RECENT HURRICANES.

    Country Music’s biggest stars have rallied to announce plans for COUNTRY RISING, a benefit concert to support those in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and additional Caribbean islands who have been impacted by the recent hurricanes. The star-studded lineup at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on Nov. 12 will include performances by Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Garth Brooks, Sam Hunt, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Martina McBride, Reba McEntire, Chris Stapleton, George Strait and Carrie Underwood. Tickets and VIP packages for the event go on sale next Friday, Oct. 6 at 10:00A CT on Ticketmaster.com. Additional artists and more details will be announced over the coming weeks at CountryRising.org.

    The Nashville music community has also stepped on board, with AEG and Live Nation teaming up as the official show promoters working alongside organizer Red Light Management, Bridgestone Arena and the Nashville Predators. COUNTRY RISING will benefit The Country Rising Fund of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, which was established to support charitable initiatives to help victims of the September 2017 hurricanes — Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Jose and Maria. In the course of rebuilding lives disrupted by these devastating storms, there are immediate needs and there also will be long-term needs. This fund will strategically support both as they emerge.

    For more information, visit: www.CountryRising.org.

    About The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee
    The Community Foundation exists to promote and facilitate giving in the 40 counties of Middle Tennessee and beyond. It does this by accepting gifts of any size from anyone at any time and by empowering individuals, families, companies, nonprofits, and communities to respond to needs and opportunities that matter. The Community Foundation works with people who have great hearts, whether or not they have great wealth, to craft solutions that reflect their intentions and goals. For more information, call 615-321-4939 or visit www.cfmt.org.

  • DIERKS BENTLEY AND SHERYL CROW TEAM UP FOR CARPOOL KARAOKE: THE SERIES.

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    Dierks Bentley joins forces with Sheryl Crow for Apple Music’s new original program Carpool Karaoke: The Series, available to watch now. With the new installment based on The Late Late Show with James Corden’s popular viral series, Bentley and Crow add to recent guests including John Legend, Will Smith, Alicia Keys, LeBron James, Miley Cyrus, Metallica, Seth MacFarlane and more while adding their own personal twist, crashing local bands’ sets at Nashville’s famous honkytonks for surprise performances.

    To watch Bentley and Crow’s episode of Carpool Karaoke: The Series, click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eCyWQEXc45g&feature=youtu.be

    Bentley recently announced his participating in “Hold The Light,” his first-ever song written and recorded for a motion picture. Also featuring Bon Iver’s S. Carey, “Hold the Light” is featured in Columbia Pictures and Black Label Media’s Only The Brave, in theaters nationwide October 20. With 17 No. One hits and more than one billion digital streams, he “continues to take risks that pay off” (USA Today) with his eighth studio album BLACK being hailed as the “most fully-formed LP of his career” (TIME). After making its debut at the No. One position on Billboard’s all-genre Top Albums Chart and Top Country Albums chart, BLACK has garnered nominations from the ACM, CMA, GRAMMY and Billboard Music Awards while earning three consecutive No. Ones; the GOLD-certified title track and the PLATINUM certified hits “Somewhere On A Beach” and “Different For Girls.” “The bluegrass picker, the love  song singer and the stadium rocker all packaged together” (Associated Press) has been a Grand Ole Opry member for over a decade and has illustrated his depth and diversity as an artist with “ferocious live performances” (Fresno Bee) throughout his 2017 WHAT THE HELL WORLD TOUR, which claimed the top spot on Billboard’s Hot Tours selling over 750,00 tickets. For more information visit www.dierks.com

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  • DIERKS BENTLEY WRITES AND RECORDS “HOLD THE LIGHT” FOR THE UPCOMING FILM, ONLY THE BRAVE.

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    The distinctive vocals of multiplatinum singer/songwriter and Arizona native Dierks Bentley resonate throughout “Hold The Light,” his first-ever song written and recorded for a motion picture. Also featuring Bon Iver’s S. Carey, “Hold the Light” is featured in Columbia Pictures and Black Label Media’s Only The Brave, in theaters nationwide October 20th. The song was written by Bentley, Carey, Joe Trapanese and Jon Randall.

     

    Bentley first took action in 2013 when he organized and hosted the Country Cares Concert in Arizona, which raised more than half a million dollars for the families of the Granite Mountain Hotshots. The new song honors and embodies the spirit of the true heroism depicted in the film and is available now at all digital retailers and streaming partners.

     

    In composing the song, Bentley and Carey worked closely with Only the Brave composer Joe Trapanese.  In the collaboration, the songwriters worked Trapanese’s film theme into the music of the song, providing a seamless transition between song and score and resulting in a song that is integral to the film itself.

     

    “This is at the top, if not the most meaningful experience I’ve ever been a part of,” said Bentley. “It hits me harder than any other song I’ve had a chance to be a part of. Over the last couple years I’ve met and gotten to know Brendan, the sole survivor, and my mom has met with some of the guys’ families, and it’s still unfathomable to put yourself in any of their shoes. But, our goal was to create a message of hope and love. I’m honored to have been a part of it.”

     

    Joseph Kosinski, the director of the film, added, “This story resonated deeply with Dierks from the beginning – he was one of the first to raise money to support the families of the Granite Mountain Hotshots and his commitment has been unwavering since then. The theme comes from the score and the lyrics come from the heart, so it was a natural fit for the film.

     

    S. Carey said, “Working on this song with Joe, Dierks, and the whole crew was a true honor. My brother-in-law has been a wildlands fire fighter for the last several years so I had a somewhat personal starting point for the creative process. I’m extremely thankful to be able to honor these men, these true heroes, in the form of a song in a beautiful, powerful film.”

     

    For a first listen of the track exclusively on USA Today and to hear more about what it meant to Bentley, Carey and survivor Brendan McDonough to honor the sacrifice of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, visit: https://usat.ly/2fedbvs

     

    To learn more about Only the Brave, see a testimonial video in which Bentley, Carey and survivor Brendan McDonough describe honoring the sacrifice of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, and find out how you can support the wildland firefighter communities through The Granite Mountain Fund, go to www.OnlyTheBrave-Movie.com.

     

    It’s not what stands in front of you – it’s who stands beside you. Only the Brave, based on the true story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, is the heroic story of one unit of local firefighters that through hope, determination, sacrifice, and the drive to protect families, communities, and our country become one of the most elite firefighting teams in the country. As most of us run from danger, they run toward it – they watch over our lives, our homes, everything we hold dear, as they forge a unique brotherhood that comes into focus with one fateful fire. The film stars Josh Brolin, Miles Teller, Jeff Bridges, James Badge Dale, with Taylor Kitsch and Jennifer Connelly. Directed by Joseph Kosinski and written by Ken Nolan and Eric Warren Singer, based upon the GQ Article “No Exit” by Sean Flynn, the film is produced by Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Michael Menchel, Erik Howsam, Molly Smith, Thad Luckinbill, Trent Luckinbill, Dawn Ostroff, and Jeremy Steckler.

     

    Current CMA “Male Vocalist of the Year” nominee Dierks Bentley has a “reputation as one of the hardest-working entertainers in country music” (Music Row) as “he sells out enormous tours, is a perennial favorite of format radio stations, and earns critical acclaim without compromising his artistic vision,” (Entertainment Weekly). With 17 No. One hits and more than one billion digital streams he “continues to take risks that pay off,” (USA Today) as his eighth studio album BLACK, has been hailed the “most fully-formed LP of his career,” (TIME). After making its debut at the No. One position on Billboard’s all-genre Top Albums Chart and Top Country Albums chart, BLACK has garnered nominations from the ACM, CMA, GRAMMY and Billboard Music Awards while earning three consecutive No. Ones; the gold-certified title track and the PLATINUM certified hits “Somewhere On A Beach” and “Different For Girls.” “The bluegrass picker, the love  song singer and the stadium rocker all packaged together” (Associated Press) has been a Grand Ole Opry member for over a decade and has illustrated his depth and diversity as an artist with “ferocious live performances” (Fresno Bee) throughout his 2017 WHAT THE HELL WORLD TOUR, which claimed the top spot on Billboard’s Hot Tours selling over 750 million tickets. For more information visit www.dierks.com.

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  • GEORGE STRAIT, CHRIS STAPLETON, DARIUS RUCKER, LUKE BRYAN AND KIP MOORE JOIN TOGETHER TO HELP RAISE MONEY FOR HURRICANE RELIEF.

    Tuesday Night’s Hand in Hand telethon for Hurricane Relief was a star-studded affair with broadcasts from four cities, including San Antonio, New York, Nashville and Los Angeles. The hour-long special was closed out with a performance by Country Music Hall of Famer George Strait, along with Chris Stapleton, Lyle Lovett, Miranda Lambert and Robert Earl Keen. Strait went on to perform with appearances by his special guests for an additional two hours after the live telecast ended.

    SAN ANTONIO, TX - SEPTEMBER 12: (L-R) In this handout photo provided by Hand in Hand, Chris Stapleton, Miranda Lambert, George Strait, Lyle Lovett and Robert Early Keen perform onstage during George Strait's Hand in Hand Texas benefit concert at the Majestic Theatre on September 12, 2017 in San Antonio, Texas. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Hand in Hand/Getty Images)

    SAN ANTONIO, TX – SEPTEMBER 12: (L-R) In this handout photo provided by Hand in Hand, Chris Stapleton, Miranda Lambert, George Strait, Lyle Lovett and Robert Early Keen perform onstage during George Strait’s Hand in Hand Texas benefit concert at the Majestic Theatre on September 12, 2017 in San Antonio, Texas. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Hand in Hand/Getty Images)

    SAN ANTONIO, TX - SEPTEMBER 12: In this handout photo provided by Hand in Hand, George Strait performs onstage during George Strait's Hand in Hand Texas benefit concert; Strait and special guests Miranda Lambert, Chris Stapleton, Lyle Lovett and Robert Early Keen perform in concert at the Majestic Theatre on September 12, 2017 in San Antonio, Texas. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Hand in Hand/Getty Images)

    SAN ANTONIO, TX – SEPTEMBER 12: In this handout photo provided by Hand in Hand, George Strait performs onstage during George Strait’s Hand in Hand Texas benefit concert; Strait and special guests Miranda Lambert, Chris Stapleton, Lyle Lovett and Robert Early Keen perform in concert at the Majestic Theatre on September 12, 2017 in San Antonio, Texas. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Hand in Hand/Getty Images)

    George Strait also revealed they’re selling a special T-shirt with proceeds going to help Hurricane victims. He’s working with the Rebuild Texas Fund, created by the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation and the OneStar Foundation, to rebuild Texas after Hurricane Harvey. All donations will be matched by the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation up to $10 million.

     

    Additional performers at the Grand Ole Opry House included Darius Rucker with Demi Lovato, Brad Paisley and CeCe Winans, as well as Blake Shelton with Usher.

     

    Luke Bryan, Dierks Bentley, Jon Pardi, Kip Moore and other country stars showed their support by answering phones and taking donations (Luke and Dierks were in Nashville, along with Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, Angie Harmon, Nashville Predators PK Subban, while Kip was in the Big Apple, answering phones near the likes of Julia Roberts, George Clooney and many others.

     

    Luke appeared with Amy Grant to ask folks to donate whatever they could. “In too many places for too many people, it’s going to take years for the effects of these storms to pass. So, let’s help these folks,” he said.

     

    At the end of the telecast, more than $14 million had been raised in the course of the one-hour show.

     

  • DIERKS BENTLEY HOSTS 750K FANS ON HIS ‘WHAT THE HELL TOUR.’

    Current CMA “Male Vocalist of the Year” nominee Dierks Bentley’s 2017 WHAT THE HELL WORLD TOUR wrapped this past weekend, after consistently ushering crowds of 25,000+, the biggest of his career, while notching more than 60 shows at arenas and amphitheaters across the country since January. Bentley “has always been one of Country’s most engaging performers…with enough hits to fill an entire set,” (Asbury Park Park Press) and earned the top spot on Billboard‘s “Hot Tours” list now having sold more than 750,000 tickets this year to date. 
     
    “This tour has been one of those experiences you wait for your entire life,” said Bentley. “To the fans and all the people who filled every seat in the house, who stood on their feet for hours and spent their hard-earned money to come see a show, you have made this an unforgettable journey. It’s going to be weird not having Cole and Pardi around, but I can’t thank those guys enough for coming along for this ride. Night after night the crowds were more explosive than the last…it will be a really hard year to top!”
    “Bentley’s raucously entertaining tour” (Rolling Stone) made “sure the fans had an experience they’ll never forget,” (Billboard) from impromptu bluegrass sets in disguise, dancing in aisles with security guards to touching salutes for military members. Bentley’s 2017 WHAT THE HELL WORLD TOUR thrived in spontaneous moments keeping fans on their feet until the very last note was played each night. Bentley challenged himself to cover George Strait at every stop with Jon Pardi and he invited Cole Swindell back to the stage during his set to perform their chart-topping hit, “Flatliner.” Memorable shows included his first headlining night at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena with a sold-out crowd, a first-ever arena play and capacity hometown show at Phoenix’s Talking Stick Resort Arena and two sold out nights at Red Rocks. With “his nightly goal to make sure the crowd is having as much fun as he and his band are having onstage” (Music Row), select shows hosted friends such as Elle King, Kelsea Ballerini, Cindy Crawford, the Phoenix Suns dancers and Peyton Manning.
     
    “He’s really good at speaking to – not at – the audience, drawing them deeper into the more emotional moments in the set while his five bandmates effortlessly navigate the changing moods on a multi-tiered stage with the drums at the top and elaborate lighting rigs.” – Arizona Republic
     
    “Whether Bentley’s playing bluegrass in the evening or country after the sun goes down, he’s grateful for every minute he spends on the music.” – CMT
     
    “Not only is Bentley one of country music’s biggest stars  — he’s also one of its longest-reigning names.” – San Diego Union Tribune
     
    “The country star ran around the stage as he attempted to touch all the bases of the tens of thousands of fans begging for his attention.” – MLive
     
    “The most important thing to Bentley is that no city gets less of a show then the next.” – Billboard
     
    “With one foot planted on the country side and the other tapping along the rock and roll side, Dierks Bentley roared with a fun, solid two hours of his hits old and new.” – The Sun Chronicle
     
    “Few artists in country put on a show with the energy, passion and all out fun that Dierks Bentley does.” – Whiskey Riff
     
    “With all the quality party songs, Bentley made this Thursday evening feel a whole lot like a Saturday night.” – Country Standard Time
    The “regular hit-making machine,” (Mercury News) has a “reputation as one of the hardest-working entertainers in country music,” (Music Row) as “he sells out enormous tours, is a perennial favorite of format radio stations, and earns critical acclaim without compromising his artistic vision,” (Entertainment Weekly). With 17 No. One hits and more than one billion digital streams he “continues to take risks that pay off,” (USA Today) as his eighth studio album BLACK has been hailed the “most fully-formed LP of his career,” (TIME). BLACK has garnered nominations from the ACMCMAGRAMMY and Billboard Music Awards while earning three consecutive No. Ones; the GOLD certified title-track and the PLATINUM certified hits “Somewhere On A Beach” and “Different For Girls.” For more information visit www.dierks.com.