• DIERKS BENTLEY SCORES A NO. 1 HIT WITH “LIVING.”

    Dierks Bentley just scored his 19th No. 1 hit with “Living,” which topped both the Country Aircheck/Mediabase chart, as well as the Billboard country chart. It’s the third chart-topper from his latest album, The Mountain, and the song has been the soundtrack of his life, especially over the last few years.

     

    “The bar for living is so low as a musician on the road, so we really made it a personal challenge for me and the band to kind of like do more stuff during the day on the road. It’s just a big ole ‘Live Life’ on the road, and that’s where the idea for the song started,” says Dierks. “I just feel like it kind of became the core of the album, this whole theme of like gratitude and living life and making the most of every day. It’s not about the moments that, it’s not about skydiving or bullriding. It’s about just, it could be just watching your kid play hockey and being focused on that and not watching your iphone. It could be just appreciating that it’s sunny outside and taking a moment to recognize that.”

    For “Living” liners, click here.

    Dierks has a handful of CMA nominations this year, including Male Vocalist of the Year, as well as Single and Music Video of the Year for “Burning Man,” featuring Brothers Osborne. Carrie Underwood hosts The 53rd Annual CMA Awards with special guest hosts Reba McEntire and Dolly Parton. The ceremony will broadcast live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena November 13th at 8pm ET on ABC.

    Audio / Dierks Bentley’s latest No. 1 song, “Living,” is a pretty powerful song.

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    Dierks Bentley (Living) 2 OC: …things like that. :12
    “It’s a powerful song. I think it’s a party song in kind of a slower way, but it has a bigger effect because it recharges your batteries and makes you leave the show maybe taking a little extra time to think about things like that.”

    Audio / DIERKS BENTLEY TALKS ABOUT HOW HE CAME UP WITH THE IDEA FOR HIS NEW SONG, "LIVING."

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    Dierks Bentley (Living) 1 OC: …recognize that. :58
    ” Living’ started from the road, actually, and just the lack of living that you sometimes can do on a tour bus, right? You sit in the bus all day long, then you go play the show, and you sit in the bus all day long and nobody’s doing any living. We kind of have this funny thing we started with the band where if someone went to Walgreen’s, it was a really big deal. ‘Wow, man, you went out and lived some life today. You actually went to Walgreen’s. Wow!’ The bar for living is so low as a musician on the road, so we really made it a personal challenge for me and the band to kind of like do more stuff during the day on the road. It’s just a big ole ‘Live Life’ on the road, and that’s where the idea for the song started. I brought it out to Colorado when I was doing that songwriting retreat with everybody, and I wrote it with three other guys, and I just feel like it kind of became the core of the album, this whole theme of like gratitude and living life and making the most of every day. It’s not about the moments that, it’s not about skydiving or bullriding. It’s about just, it could be just watching your kid play hockey and being focused on that and not watching your iphone. It could be just appreciating that it’s sunny outside and taking a moment to recognize that.”

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  • DIERKS BENTLEY GETS SEAL OF APPROVAL FROM THE GOLDEN BEAR.

    Dierks Bentley recently hit the links with none other than golf legend Jack Nicklaus. He even got the seal of approval from the retired pro golfer, who is known around the world as The Golden Bear.

     

    Dierks is closing in on the top of the country charts with his latest smash, “Living.”

     

  • NEWS AND NOTES: Little Big Town, Darius Rucker, Dierks Bentley, Kacey Musgraves, Brandon Lay, Luke Bryan

    Watch Little Big Town perform their brand new single, “Over Drinking,” on NBC’s Today Show on Thursday (September 12th).

    Darius Rucker and Dierks Bentley are among the artists who will perform for a benefit to help those affected by Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas on Monday (September 16th) at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. Randy Houser, Jamey Johnson and LoCash will also perform.

    Kacey Musgraves is gracing the cover of the new issue of Marie Claire. The October issue is on newsstands now.

    It was recently announced Darius Rucker will be the celebrity advisor for the Battle Rounds for Blake Shelton on NBC’s The Voice. “’Bout time I get to advise my man Blake Shelton,” Darius tweeted. The new season of The Voice premieres September 23rd on NBC.

    Brandon Lay will open for Brantley Gilbert on his upcoming Fire’t Up Tour, kicking off January 23rd (2020) in London, Ontario. The 30-date trek will also feature performances by Chase Rise and Dylan Scott.

    Luke Bryan was among the superstars who gathered at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville on Tuesday (September 10th) to remember the late Earl Thomas ConleyBlake Shelton, who organized the memorial and a huge fan of ETC, Jason Aldean, Joe Diffie, Neal McCoy, Wade Hayes and John Anderson also performed.

  • DIERKS BENTLEY RETURNS TO BUENA VISTA, COLORADO FOR HIS SECOND ANNUAL SEVEN PEAKS FESTIVAL.

    Dierks Bentley is returning to Buena Vista, Colorado for his second annual Seven Peaks Festival. Luke Bryan, Maren Morris, Jon Pardi, Caylee Hammack, Mitchell Tenpenny, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Ryan Hurd, Clare Dunn, Rita Wilson, Larkin Poe, Steep Canyon Rangers, The War and Treaty, Tenille Townes and Caylee Hammack. In addition, Friday’s HOT COUNTRY NIGHT, which was an instant highlight in the festival’s inaugural year, will host Travis Tritt, Tracy Lawrence, Diamond Rio and Deana Carter with a special performance by Dierks’ own Hot Country Knights.

    Actually, Dierks is already there and is awaiting some of his friends who are coming in early to just hang out with him.

    Established in 2018, fans traveled from 49 states and as far as Australia for the inaugural Seven Peaks Music Festival. The three-day, two-stage adventure instantly captured the hearts and attention of fans and artists for the festival’s ethereal, mountainous setting, as well as the unique and thoughtful lineup. With Forbes noting “what sets the festival apart is its location,” as Rolling Stone praised the “community-first, play-every-set take on a country festival,” Seven Peaks is returning for a second year as it continues to showcase “authenticity in every component” (PEOPLE). In addition to the breathtaking setting and first-class lineup, fans can expect multiple fringe activities across the weekend including the return of the Somewhere On A Beach Party and Late Night At Whiskey Row, with AYDAMN spinning all the fan-favorites. ATV Tours, inflatable kayaking, whitewater rafting and more will also be available.

    Audio / DIERKS BENTLEY SAYS HIS SEVEN PEAKS FESTIVAL IS REALLY SPECIAL FOR A VARIETY OF REASONS.

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    Dierks Bentley (Seven Peaks 2nd year) 1 OC: …people. :45
    “This festival is, the word special gets overused, but it is really special. One of the ways you can tell a festival is really good is when the artists want to come back and play it again. Last year, Miranda Lambert, she was supposed to fly off, but she actually stayed an extra day because she was having so much fun being there and everyone who was there last year wanted to come out again. You’re talking about year two. I can’t announce who’s coming, but the festival is early on, so I can’t pay some of these huge prices that some of these guys get, but I have some friends coming out [this year] that are actually doing it for a reduced rate because they just want to be there. They’re like, ‘Man! I’ll do whatever it takes. I just want to be there. It sounds like a vacation. It sounds so fun.’ So, that’s a big tell. The fact that we had fans from 49 states says a lot. This year is gonna be crazy attendance-wise, because I know every person is going to tell at least one or two people to come with ’em.”

    Audio / DIERKS BENTLEY TALKS ABOUT THE LINEUP FOR THIS YEAR'S SEVEN PEAKS FESTIVAL.

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    Dierks Bentley (Seven Peaks 2nd year lineup) OC: …a lot of fun. 1:21
    “So, this year, what makes our festival unique I think is, I love three types of music. I love commercial country music, which I do, I love ‘90s country music, and I love the bluegrass, acoustic, red-dirt kind of scene, and I hate to toss it all into one thing, that different side. So, we start off with ‘90s country night, and this year, Deana Carter is starting off. ‘Strawberry Wine’ had a big influence on my life and I love that song. I remember exactly where I was the first time I heard it. Tracy Lawrence is going to be there, unbelievable. Diamond Rio and Travis Tritt. My band and I will be on the side of the stage for every one of those performances, like leaning all the way in. And of course, the Hot Country Knights are headlining because we get to, it’s my festival. I don’t know how we’re going to go on after Travis Tritt, hopefully he will have left by then or won’t be watching, because I don’t know if we can do our ‘90s thing with these guys watching us. Although last year, Sawyer Brown, they loved it. They wore Hot Country Knights T-shirts on their set. And the next night, Saturday night, is headlined by Luke Bryan, which is great. And Maren Morris, which we’ve collaborated a bunch together and I love her to death. Mitchell Tenpenny’s there, Ryan Hurd, and a new artist Caylee Hammack who I’m just a huge fan of. And then Sunday it’s us with Jon Pardi, Tenille Townes. She’s like my favorite singer at all right now. She’s so good and such a great hang. Nitty Gritty Dirt Band which’ll be killer.. And then we have a whole another Whiskey Row stage, which is gonna be another… it’s all for me, really. It’s just people I love listening to. It’s going to be a lot of fun.”

  • LABOR DAY 2019 AUDIO

    For many decades, Labor Day was seen as a day for workers to voice their complaints and discuss better working conditions and pay.

    U.S. Congress declared Labor Day a national holiday in 1894, and on Monday, September 2nd, we will once again celebrate the people in every occupation whose work and dedication make this nation great. Labor Day in the United States is a holiday celebrated on the first Monday in September. It is a celebration of the American labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of workers.

    Labor Day weekend also signals the unofficial end to summer, and many of the hottest country stars are taking a look back at some of the toughest jobs they had prior to making their mark in music or their dream job now.

     

    Audio / Adam Hambrick talks about one of his summer jobs when he was growing up in Arkansas.

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    Adam Hambrick (Labor Day-jobs) OC: …that summer. :41
    “I don’t know if I’ve ever had a bad job. I don’t think I had a bad job, ‘cause I actually enjoyed this job ‘cause I was actually sitting in the air conditioning all day over the summer in Arkansas. It was very monotonous, because I was spending every summer day repairing old fallen-apart medical charts in a heart clinic in Little Rock. I would take all these photos of all these records and re-sort them page-by-page and put ‘em back in the manila folder and re-alphabetize ‘em. But I did bring my computer and watch movies while I did it, so I drank a lot of soda and watched a lot of movies that summer.”

    Audio / Alan Jackson says that working man values have always been a part of his music.

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    AJ (working people songs) OC: … appreciate that. :28
    “I’ve always written songs and recorded songs, other people’s songs, about workin’ people, and workin’, the workin’ life ’cause I mean, that’s where I’m from. I mean, I worked…I’d already had jobs and worked as a grown person before I ever even thought about bein’ in the music business, so I come from that background, and…although I hadn’t had a job in a long time (laughs), I still remember a lot about it, you know, and I remember what the lifestyle is, and I still appreciate that.”

    Audio / Billy Currington recalls some of the jobs he had before landing his record deal in 2003.

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    Billy Currington (Labor Day) OC: …record deal. :40
    “I started working like at [age] 12, landscaping. This was summer, every summers, and roofing. I started when I was about 16 roofing houses, and that was probably one of my toughest jobs because down there in South Georgia, it gets hot, so doing that every day all summer long. The pawn shop when I moved to Nashville was one of my favorites, even though it was one of my least favorites. The concrete job was my least favorite of all – six years of that, and I couldn’t take it no more. After that job, that was my turning point. Either I’m going to do something else for a living [laughs] or quit and try to really focus on music and get this record deal.”

    Audio / BRANDON LAY SAYS HE’S ALWAYS ENJOYED THE LABOR DAY WEEKEND.

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    Brandon Lay (Labor Day) OC: …a good one. :13
    “You know, I can’t complain too much about Labor Day, ‘cause usually doing landscaping and it had slowed down a little, but the water’s still warm enough to hit the river. I’ve gotten to spend some time out on the lake for Labor Day, so Labor Day’s a good one.”

    Audio / CARRIE UNDERWOOD TALKS ABOUT THE JOBS SHE HAD GROWING UP AND HER BEST JOB -- PERFORMING FOR HER FANS.

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    Carrie Underwood (Labor Day) OC: …born to do. :59
    “I don’t think I’ve ever had a bad job. I’ve had hard jobs. I’ve had jobs that worked random hours. My first job was at a gas station, and that was a lot of fun actually. While I was working at the gas station, I took another job at a hotel down the street. There was nobody else working there. I had one day of training and then the next day I came in, and the lady that had worked there the longest and was training me just didn’t show. So, the second day at work I was now in charge ‘cause I was now the senior member that was working at the hotel. So, I feel like that one was really challenging to figure my way through it, but I did. My best job is definitely what I do now. I really like being on stage. I really like performing for people and just having fun and singing, because that’s what I feel like I was born to do.”

    Audio / Caylee Hammack says her worst job truly smelled bad.

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    Caylee Hammack (Labor Day-worst job) OC: …worst job. (laughs) :38
    “My worst job was working in a nursery, actually. I love kids so I thought I’d be really good at it, but wen you’re the new person coming in, you have to change all the diapers first. So, I was changing 45 diapers a day and it got to the point where everything smelled like baby poop. It literally drove me crazy. I would walk my dog and I would have to go to pick up her poop, and it would smell like baby poop, and I just couldn’t handle it, honestly. The smell of poop warded me away. The children were lovely, but the smell of poop lingered, and I couldn’t handle that job. That was my worst job.” (laughs)

    Audio / CLARE DUNN GETS EMOTIONAL WHEN TALKING ABOUT DRIVING A SILAGE TRUCK IN TEXAS TO MAKE ENOUGH MONEY TO MOVE TO TENNESSEE TO FOLLOW HER DREAM.

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    Clare Dunn (Labor Day) OC: …had to do. 1:05
    “I was coming for school. I remember I was two weeks late for school [at Belmont], because I had stayed in Texas longer to drive a silage truck for harvest. Harvest was still going on and I needed the money, so I stayed down there. I called all my professors. I explained what I was doing. I said, ‘I’m not going to be there for the first two weeks.’ They all were very, I told them why, and they were all very accepting of that. So, I got home. I was worn out from driving this truck in Texas, and I remember getting home in like the morning or the night before and I left the next day. I literally just chucked as much stuff in a U-haul as I could, and my family was helping me get it all ready while I was on the truck. I remember, everybody cried. I’m probably gonna cry just talking about it, because it was so many unknowns, and I just drove myself out to Tennessee. It was very emotional for me, obviously, just seeing that Tennessee state line sign and being scared to death, but knowing that’s what I had to do.”

    Audio / Darius Rucker recalls one of his worst jobs before turning to music.

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    Darius Rucker (Labor Day) OC: …pizza. :15
    “I was fifteen, and I worked at a pizza place, and the guy decided that at fifteen, that I could not only clean the floors and wash the dishes, but I also had to make pizza. So, for two months, he taught me how to make pizza.”

    Audio / Dierks Bentley makes a living performing for his fans, and he can’t say enough about them.

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    Dierks Bentley (Labor Day) OC: …generosity. :26
    “Personally, the fans give me amazement. That’s the only word to really sum it up. I look out in the crowd, you know, usually see a lot of faces and fans are cheering. I know each one of these like from the road-the signs are from California…Michelle and Kayla live up in the Ohio area. They’re all, I just see them, and I’m like, ‘Wow!,’ they’re all from different regions. You know when you’re in a different region of the country and you just see certain fans. These people are way more hard core than I am, and I’m just amazed by their generosity.”

    Audio / Eric Church talks about one of his worst job.

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    Eric Church (Labor Day-odd jobs) OC: …bought at 2am. 1:27
    “I had an awful job. I’ve had a lot of awful jobs…my worst one was when I first came to Nashville. I got a job at the Shop at Home Network. I worked midnight, graveyard, midnight to eight. That was bad enough but then I would work all night, go home, shower and then I had writing appointments all day because I was trying to get a career started. I’d go write songs and get meetings just trying to get signed. And end up getting done at 3 of 4 with all of that, I’d go home, take a shower or sleep for a little bit and then I had to be at work again at midnight. So the schedule was bad enough, however, what I had to do at the job…I sold knives from midnight to 7 or 8am. And, anytime somebody calls you at 3 or 4am and needs 200 knives for $19.95, it’s automatically an alarming situation. And I just, I was young and I’d been in a lot of these people’s shoes, I had done this…I knew they were drunk. I knew what they had done. They’d just come home from the bar, flipped on Shop at Home and said, ‘You know what? I need that.’ So the reason the job didn’t last long for me is that I was maybe the worst salesmen in history because I ended up talking a lot of these people out of it, I’d say, ‘I’ll tell you what man, go to bed, call me, I’ll be here in the morning. If you get up in the morning and want these knives you call me back.’ Because I knew what was going to happen, you know. They bought 200 knives for $19.95…first of all some of these people you didn’t know whether you should call the cops. What do you need 200 knives for? Even though I’m selling them…what do you need them for? So, it was awful doing that job. And then they got rid of me because, they were like, ‘You’re the worst. I can’t believe you’re talking people out of it.’ I was like, ‘Man I know…I’ve been there.’ [laughs] I’d want some to talk me out of buying some of the stuff I’ve bought at 2am.”

    Audio / Jon Langston talks about working

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    Jon Langston (Labor Day) OC: …is the bomb. :45
    “The worst job – it wasn’t bad – I could just say growing up and stuff and in high school, I was working for my dad. It was a great job, working at the shop. One day I got tired of working for my dad. I thought it’d be smart to go work for somebody else and so I went to work at Chik-fil-a for a family friend, and I’m just not made for cooking chicken. But, I told my dad, ‘Hey, can I come back to work?’ (laughs) So, yeah, I mean, Chik-fil-a a great place to work if you’re into that kind of thing, but not me. But Chik-fil-a is m favorite fast food restaurant of all time. I mean, I will go to war for Chik-fil-a. I eat there probably three or four times a week. Chik-fil-a is the bomb.”

    Audio / Jon Pardi talks about his worst job, which was at a grocery store.

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    Jon Pardi (Labor Day) OC: …so bored! :17
    “The worst job I ever had was at Hometown Grocery Store. I didn’t want to work, I was 15, and I did not want to work at the grocery store. Bagging was fun, but they sent me down the aisles to pull up cans and turn ‘em around and face ‘em, and I would just get so bored!”

    Audio / JORDAN DAVIS, WHOSE DEBUT SINGLE IS MAKING ITS WAY UP THE COUNTRY CHARTS, TALKS ABOUT HIS WORST JOB.

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    Jordan Davis (Labor Day) OC: …worst job. :41
    “[My] worst job was probably whenever I got out of school I started working for an environmental group in Baton Rouge, and I was doing actual environmental work at first. I went to my boss probably about four months in and told him that I was going to move to Nashville and write songs. Luckily enough, he let me stay on, but I became the weedeater guy for the landscaping side of the business. I seriously weedeated eight hours a day. The only break I would get would be in-between yard to yard. So, like we would be in the car and I would try to doze off for like 10 minutes. I was covered in grass in the middle of the summer in Baton Rouge. It was awful. That was definitely the worst job.”

    Audio / KEITH URBAN TALKS ABOUT PERFORMING FOR FANS.

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    Keith Urban (Labor Day) OC: …amazing. :22
    “Seeing people connect to the music is absolutely, hands-down the biggest reward for me, especially when you go to a place you’ve never been to before and it’s all these people, I mean lots of people out there. You’ve never met a single one of ‘em and they’re singing every word, and you realize that it’s not just a pretty melody and everything, but they get the songs. It’s amazing.”

    Audio / Kip Moore recalls his worst job...ever.

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    Kip Moore (Labor Day-worst job) OC: …than that. :21
    “I’d have to say my worst job ever was laying sod in the south Georgia heat. There’s nothing than that, especially when somebody would think that you’re waiting for the next sod patch to be thrown to you and you got your back turned, and all of a sudden, that big ole piece of sod hits you right on the back. You got nowhere to clean up, and you’re just stuck with dirt on your back for the rest of the day. It doesn’t get any worse than that.”

    Audio / Luke Bryan talks about the different jobs he worked in and around Leesburg, Georgia, before heading to Nashville to pursue a career in music.

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    Luke Bryan (Labor Day-jobs) OC: …Nashville… 1:07
    “At age 12 thru 13, I worked at Rubos IGA Supermarket in Leesburg, GA. I worked during the summers on Monday and Tuesday. I stocked and cleaned up the produce.  They paid me under the table…I peeled off all of the brown lettuce. Let’s see, when I was 15, I was a cashier at K-Mart for two months. I worked at K-Mart for two months, and then I reverted back to Rubos because it didn’t really make sense for me to drive all the way into Albany and work for K-Mart. The benefits were great though-you’d get an hour-long on the blue light special. So I started back at Rubos, and then I quit Rubos and worked for my Dad-just awful just driving tractors through cotton all day, and spraying pesticides that eventually would turn your hair green. And then at some point, I started playing guitar. And well, after college I went back and worked for my dad and continued to spray and haul fertilizer around. And then I moved to Nashville…”

    Audio / TRAVIS DENNING HAS NEVER HAD ANOTHER JOB OTHER THAN PLAYING MUSIC.

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    Travis Denning (Labor Day) OC: …right for it. :13
    “I’ve always played music. I mean, my first gig was when I was 16-years-old. That was what I did. And as soon as I found out I could make money doing it, I thought I’d much rather make money doing this than anything else, so I went right for it.”

  • DIERKS BENTLEY REVEALS THE OFFICIAL LINEUP FOR HIS SECOND ANNUAL SEVEN PEAKS FESTIVAL.

    Dierks Bentley has revealed the official lineup for his upcoming Seven Peaks Festival taking place in Buena Vista, Colorado August 30th – September 1st (Labor Day Weekend). Luke Bryan, Jon Pardi, Maren Morris, Caylee Hammack, Clare Dunn, Mitchell Tenpenny, Tenille Townes, Ryan Hurd, Tracy Lawrence, Deana Carter, Diamond Rio, Travis Tritt, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and many more, including Dierks’ Hot Country Knights,will perform during the three-day event.

     

    Established in 2018, fans traveled from 49 states and as far as Australia for the inaugural Seven Peaks Music Festival. The three-day, two-stage adventure instantly captured the hearts and attention of fans and artists for the festival’s ethereal, mountainous setting, as well as the unique and thoughtful lineup. With Forbes noting “what sets the festival apart is its location,” as Rolling Stone praised the “community-first, play-every-set take on a country festival,” Seven Peaks is returning for a second year as it continues to showcase “authenticity in every component” (PEOPLE). In addition to the breathtaking setting and first-class lineup, fans can expect multiple fringe activities across the weekend including the return of the Somewhere On A Beach Party and Late Night At Whiskey Row, with AYDAMN spinning all the fan-favorites. ATV Tours, inflatable kayaking, whitewater rafting and more will also be available.

    “What makes our festival unique I think is, I love three types of music. I love commercial country music, which I do, I love ‘90s country music, and I love the bluegrass, acoustic, red-dirt kind of scene, and I hate to toss it all into one thing, that different side. So, we start off with ‘90s country night, and this year, Deana Carter is starting off. ‘Strawberry Wine’ had a big influence on my life and I love that song. I remember exactly where I was the first time I heard it. Tracy Lawrence is going to be there, unbelievable. Diamond Rio and Travis Tritt. My band and I will be on the side of the stage for every one of those performances, like leaning all the way in. And of course, the Hot Country Knights are headlining because we get to, it’s my festival. I don’t know how we’re going to go on after Travis Tritt, hopefully he will have left by then or won’t be watching, because I don’t know if we can do our ‘90s thing with these guys watching us. Although last year, Sawyer Brown, they loved it. They wore Hot Country Knights T-shirts on their set,” says Dierks. “And the next night, Saturday night, is headlined by Luke Bryan, which is great. And Maren Morris, which we’ve collaborated a bunch together and I love her to death. Mitchell Tenpenny’s there, Ryan Hurd, and a new artist Caylee Hammack who I’m just a huge fan of. And then Sunday it’s us with Jon Pardi, Tenille Townes. She’s like my favorite singer at all right now. She’s so good and such a great hang. Nitty Gritty Dirt Band which’ll be killer.. And then we have a whole another Whiskey Row stage, which is gonna be another… it’s all for me, really. It’s just people I love listening to. It’s going to be a lot of fun.”

    Dierks is “Living” his best life with his latest song climbing the country charts.

    Audio / DIERKS BENTLEY TALKS ABOUT THE LINEUP FOR THIS YEAR'S SEVEN PEAKS FESTIVAL.

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    Dierks Bentley (Seven Peaks 2nd year lineup) OC: …a lot of fun. 1:21
    “So, this year, what makes our festival unique I think is, I love three types of music. I love commercial country music, which I do, I love ‘90s country music, and I love the bluegrass, acoustic, red-dirt kind of scene, and I hate to toss it all into one thing, that different side. So, we start off with ‘90s country night, and this year, Deana Carter is starting off. ‘Strawberry Wine’ had a big influence on my life and I love that song. I remember exactly where I was the first time I heard it. Tracy Lawrence is going to be there, unbelievable. Diamond Rio and Travis Tritt. My band and I will be on the side of the stage for every one of those performances, like leaning all the way in. And of course, the Hot Country Knights are headlining because we get to, it’s my festival. I don’t know how we’re going to go on after Travis Tritt, hopefully he will have left by then or won’t be watching, because I don’t know if we can do our ‘90s thing with these guys watching us. Although last year, Sawyer Brown, they loved it. They wore Hot Country Knights T-shirts on their set. And the next night, Saturday night, is headlined by Luke Bryan, which is great. And Maren Morris, which we’ve collaborated a bunch together and I love her to death. Mitchell Tenpenny’s there, Ryan Hurd, and a new artist Caylee Hammack who I’m just a huge fan of. And then Sunday it’s us with Jon Pardi, Tenille Townes. She’s like my favorite singer at all right now. She’s so good and such a great hang. Nitty Gritty Dirt Band which’ll be killer.. And then we have a whole another Whiskey Row stage, which is gonna be another… it’s all for me, really. It’s just people I love listening to. It’s going to be a lot of fun.”

  • DIERKS BENTLEY ADOPTS A NEW PUPPY DURING HIS APPEARANCE ON THE TODAY SHOW.

    While Dierks Bentley performed on the Today Show this week, he found himself the proud owner of a new puppy. The father of three children and two furbabies already, Dierks was part of a segment about shelter dogs. After peering into the sweet brown eyes of the border collie mix named “Goose” and lovingly holding him and petting him, Dierks couldn’t resist and decided to adopt him.

    “I’ve been texting back-and-forth with my wife and kids,” he said during a conversation with Jenna Bush Hager and Willie Geist, while the dog’s adoption paperwork was being taken care of. “They really want a third dog. My wife for her birthday said, ‘All I want is a third dog.'”

    “I feel a connection,” he explained. “I feel it’s meant to be.”

    The musician said that his three children were already “jumping up and down” with excitement, and so they have decided to fly to Jones Beach for Dierks’ next show to meet the new member of the Bentley family.

     

    Goose seemed to pick up on the road life pretty quickly, even donning his outfit for Dierks’ ’90s cover band, Hot Country Knights.

    Dierks is “Living” his best life.

     

  • DIERKS BENTLEY IS “LIVING” FOR TODAY’S “CITI CONCERT SERIES” TAKEOVER TOMORROW.

    Multi-PLATINUM entertainer Dierks Bentley will perform on the TODAY Citi Concert Series tomorrow (8/01 at 8:00A local time on NBC) with a multi-song performance. As he takes over Rockefeller Plaza, Bentley’s latest single “Living” will be front and center along with some of his biggest hits. Additionally, one lucky fan and a guest now have the chance to experience first-hand the SEVEN PEAKS MUSIC AND CAMPING FESTIVAL this Labor Day weekend, featuring two VIP passes, round-trip airfare and lodging via Facebook, with more info here.

    As “an artist made for the outdoor summer concert season” (Sun-Sentinel), Bentley continues to relish in the energy of his 2019 BURNING MAN TOUR as capacity crowds have become a common occurrence throughout arenas and amphitheaters across the country. Fans are on their feet for more than four hours with special guests Jon Pardi, Tenille Townes and the Hot Country Knights and the run continues tonight (8/01) in Darien Center, NY, followed by stops in Wantangh, NY, (8/02) and Scranton, PA (8/03). Additionally, Bentley will show how his new single is “more than just a song for him…it’s his new road map,” (CMT) as he performs the “ultra-personal material” (Rolling Stone) during ABC’s CMA Festspecial this Sunday (8/4 at 7:00P CT on ABC).

    That momentum will roll over into Labor Day weekend (Aug. 31 – Sept. 2) as SEVEN PEAKS MUSIC AND CAMPING FESTIVAL returns for a second year to Buena Vista, CO. Esquire‘s “Can’t-Miss” all-genre festival will feature acts hand-picked by Bentley including Luke Bryan, Maren Morris, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and more. Established in 2018, fans traveled from 49 states and as far as Australia for the inaugural event as the three-day, two-stage adventure instantly captured the fans attention for its ethereal setting. Fans can expect multiple fringe activities across the weekend including the return of the Somewhere On A Beach Party and Late Night At Whiskey Row, along with ATV Tours, inflatable kayaking and whitewater rafting.

    Pegged as “one of Country music’s most enviable brands, equal parts affability and authenticity” (Forbes), Bentley continues to be a dominant voice for the genre with over 6.4 billion overall digital streams. Reaching a new creative high while “making music designed to challenge” (New York Times), Bentley co-wrote 10 of 13 tracks on THE MOUNTAIN, which earned him the highest debut sales of his career and became his seventh chart-topping album. Bentley has amassed countless nominations from the ACMs, CMAs, Billboard Music Awards and more while also earning 14 GRAMMY  nominations. He has created professional endeavors outside of the music with his Flag & Anthem partnership creating the exclusive lifestyle collection, Desert Son, along with his “Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row” franchise hosting four locations. For more information visit www.dierks.com.

  • BROTHERS, CARRIE, DIERKS, KEITH, LBT AND MORE WILL PERFORM DURING ABC’S CMA MUSIC FEST.

    If you just happened to miss being in Nashville for this year’s CMA Music Fest or you want to relive the amazing time you had, you can catch all the action as ABC airs the television special, CMA Fest, Sunday, August 4th. The show will feature more than 30 performers, including many collaborations such as Lil Nas X with Billy Ray Cyrus and Keith UrbanCarrie Underwood with rock legend Joan JettBrothers Osborne with Brooks and Dunn and Ashley McBrydeKelsea Ballerini and The Chainsmokers, plus many others. Additional performers include Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Little Big Town, Maren Morris, Tim McGraw, Luke Combs, Dan + Shay, Kane Brown, Florida Georgia Line, Chris Janson, Miranda Lambert, Old Dominion, Rascal Flatts, Blake Shelton, Thomas Rhett and Brett Young.

    This year’s CMA Fest premieres August 4th at 8pm ET on ABC.

    Kelsea Ballerini — “Miss Me More”
    Kelsea Ballerini and The Chainsmokers — “This Feeling”
    Dierks Bentley — “Living”
    Brothers Osborne — “I Don’t Remember Me (Before You)”
    Brothers Osborne and Brooks & Dunn– “Hard Workin’ Man”
    Brothers Osborne with Brooks & Dunn and Ashley McBryde — “You’re Gonna Miss Me When I’m Gone”
    Kane Brown — “Good as You”
    Luke Bryan — “Knockin’ Boots”
    Luke Combs — “Beer Never Broke My Heart”
    Dan + Shay — “All To Myself”
    Florida Georgia Line — “Talk You Out Of It”
    Brantley Gilbert and Lindsay Ell — “What Happens In A Small Town”
    Chris Janson — “Good Vibes”
    Miranda Lambert — “Locomotive”
    Lil Nas X with Billy Ray Cyrus and Keith Urban — “Old Town Road”
    Little Big Town — “The Daughters”
    Tim McGraw and Luke Combs — “Real Good Man”
    Midland — “Mr. Lonely”
    Maren Morris — “Girl”
    Maren Morris and Brandi Carlile — “Common”
    Old Dominion — “Make It Sweet”
    Pistol Annies — “Sugar Daddy”
    Rascal Flatts — “Back to Life”
    Blake Shelton — “God’s Country”
    Thomas Rhett — “Look What God Gave Her” and “T-Shirt”
    Carrie Underwood — “Southbound”
    Carrie Underwood and Joan Jett — Medley of “I Hate Myself for Loving You,” “Bad Reputation,” “Crimson and Clover,” “Fresh Start” and “I Love Rock ‘N’ Roll”
    Keith Urban — “We Were”
    Brett Young — “Here Tonight”

    Audio / LUKE BRYAN TALKS ABOUT THE CMA FEST TELEVISION SPECIAL AND HOW MUCH HE ENJOYS PERFORMING ON IT.

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    Luke Bryan (CMA Music Festival TV) OC: …for the fans. 1:00
    “I’ve always been the type of artist when I can perform my music for a television audience, it’s the best of both worlds. You get to be in people’s households and they get to always put the face with the song. I mean, that used to be a big deal in my career, in my early career, we had to make sure that the people watching at home put it together that this crazy guy was singing in the song. I mean, this is like a big, awards-show-type crowd in August and yeah, it’s very important. You don’t want to go out there and lay an egg. You want to go put a great show on, because the fans that are in the room, they’re gonna go watch it again in August. And another thing — it’s gonna make people that may not have been to this festival, they’re gonna want to come be a part of that. So it’s been fun watching CMA Music Fest grow to where it’s sold out every night, and that’s because we put a cool thing to watch on TV together for the fans.”

    Audio / CARRIE UNDERWOOD TALKS ABOUT CMA MUSIC FEST.

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    Carrie Underwood (CMA Music Festival) OC: …when they’re here. 1:05
    “CMA Music Festival is so much fun, and every year they do a TV special, which is really cool. We kind of get to give the rest of the world that didn’t get to come to the Music Fest a little taste of what it’s like and hopefully they’ll see it and want to come next year. But CMA Music Fest is so much fun. No other genre of music does what country music does for their fans like this, which is so cool. There are literally like hundreds of thousands of people that like descend on Nashville, and there’s not a hotel to be found. Everywhere you go there’s people looking for music and looking to see artists and fan club parties and charity events and the CMT Music Awards are that week. It’s a lot of fun, and it’s kind of a way to get to interact and give back and meet the people that have been coming to see you on tour and get to say thank you. It’s just a blast. I came as a kid growing up a couple of times, and it’s cool to be on that side of things and now to be on this side of things, but I think everybody just has a lot of fun when they’re here.”

    Audio / Keith Urban, who is making his way up the country charts with “We Were,” talks about CMA Music Fest.

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    Keith Urban(CMA Music Fest) OC: …love it. :25
    “I love it! It’s like summer camp. I mean, it is! It’s a chance to obviously see a lot of people I don’t normally see. I don’t know. It’s just palpable. Since Fan Fair, it’s just been that sort of week-plus of energy; the town just explodes, and what it is we love about this genre and the community aspect of it. I always love it.”

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  • NEWS AND NOTES: Dierks, Keith, Maddie & Tae, Strait, Kassi

    Dierks Bentley will take a break from his Burning Man Tour to perform during NBC’s Today Show’s 2019 Citi Concert Series on Thursday (August 1st).

    Keith Urban, Maddie & Tae, Barbara Mandrell, Chris Janson, Ashley McBryde, Tenille Townes and Trisha Yearwood are among the initial list of artists announced for the 13th annual ACM Honors ceremony. The event will take place August 21st at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium and will honor Brooks & Dunn, Martina McBride, Miranda Lambert, Shane McAnally, Kacey Musgraves, Rodney Crowell, Kye Fleming, Billy Joe Shaver, Gayle Holcomb and the film, A Star is Born.

    George Strait and Loretta Lynn will be honored at the 2019 Nashville Songwriter Awards. King George will receive the President’s Keystone Award while the legendary Loretta will receive the Kris Kristofferson Lifetime Achievement Award. The 2019 Nashville Songwriter Awards will take place at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium September 17th.

    Kassi Ashton will be among the singer-songwriters to perform at BMI’s fifth annual Maui Songwriters Festival December 5th – 7th. The event will also feature performances by Miranda Lambert, Maren Morris, Randy Houser, Dustin Lynch, Natalie Hemby and Bob DiPiero.