Dierks Bentley Announces 2018 Mountain High Tour

To share his 2018 Mountain High Tour dates, Dierks Bentley and his opening acts re-enacted a mountain high. At least, we think it was acting…

Brothers Osborne and Lanco will join the “Woman, Amen” singer for a 40-date tour that begins in May in Maryland and works across the midwest before wrapping in California. The first tickets will go on sale on Friday.

“I’ve been friends with T.J. and John for a long time and I have loved watching their career explode,” Bentley says of opening act Brothers Osborne. “I’m just getting to know the boys in Lanco but I love their music and the energy they bring to the stage.”

The announcement came via press release and sketch video. During the five-minute-long video the group meet in the woods to learn from a dreadlocked spiritual advisor played by Bentley. After sipping from the same cup they begin to hallucinate before passing out until the next morning. The real Dierks Bentley finds them in pretty rough shape when his tour bus pulls up after daybreak.

Musically, Bentley released “Woman, Amen” earlier this month, announcing that it was the lead single from his upcoming The Mountain album, expected in early 2018. See stops on the 2018 Mountain High Tour below.

Dierks Bentley’s 2018 Mountain High Tour Stops:

Columbia, Md.
Holmdel, N.J.
Philadelphia, Pa.
Cincinnati, Ohio
Clarkston, Mich.
St. Louis, Mo.
Kansas City, Mo.
Pittsburgh, Pa.
Indianapolis, Ind.
Bethel, N.Y.
Darien Center, N.Y.
Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
Raleigh, N.C.
Charlotte, N.C.
Alpharetta, Ga.
Salt Lake City, Utah
Virginia Beach, Va.
Bristow, Va.
New York City
Jacksonville, Fla.
West Palm Beach, Fla.
Tampa, Fla.
Austin, Texas
Houston, Texas
Dallas, Texas
Albuquerque, N.M.
Phoenix, Ariz.
Mountain View, Calif.
Sacramento, Calif.
San Diego, Calif.
Los Angeles, Calif.

Dierks Bentley Announces New Album

There’s a reason Dierks Bentley has been sporting a mountain man look recently.

The singer’s ninth studio album, The Mountain, is slated for later this year. The project is a departure for Bentley, although not to the extent of Up on the Ridge, his bluegrass album from 2010.

The album was inspired by Bentley’s performance at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival in 2017. He returned to Telluride on a songwriter’s retreat with Natalie Hemby, Luke Dick, Ross Copperman, Jon Randall, Jon Nite, and Ashley Gorley, and as he tells NPR, Bentley wrote and recorded most of The Mountain there last year. The end result will have a Western feel to it, he says, although a snippet of the title track falls very much in line with what he’s been working toward on recent albums including Home, Riser and Black.

“What I said to the musicians was, ‘Look around you. Look at the mountains,'” he tells NPR. “‘I can’t verbalize this. Just go for a hike, take the gondola, get some coffee, walk around town, take in the vibe of this location. That’s what I need you to make the record sound like.'”

No specific details about the remaining songs on The Mountain have been revealed, although the 42-year-old indicated he would release the first single in January. The album is the follow-up to the critically acclaimed, gold-certified Black, which featured hits in “Somewhere on a Beach,” “Different for Girls” and “Black.”

Last month Bentley shared two new songs, “Burning Man” and “Living” with fans at a concert in Las Vegas. It was a quiet fall for him on social media until he recently began teasing this new project.

The Mountain is currently available for pre-order via Dierks.com. Fans who pre-order the album will receive a key to The Mountain that will unlock extra tracks, bonus videos, special merchandise and VIP experiences with Bentley on his 2018 tour.

Dierks Bentley is Taking a Smartphone Break

Dierks Bentley has decided to take a little “vacation” from his iPhone and revert back to the basics of communication. In a post on Instagram, Bentley said that while he’s amazed at how much he can do with his smartphone, he’s also astonished at how addictive the device can be. He says, “It sometimes feels like the never ending blitzkrieg of news, info, etc. is sucking any intelligent thought out of my brain…and there isn’t too much in there to begin with!”


  • Bentley’s post was accompanied by a picture of the items he’ll need for his smartphone-free existence: a typewriter, a camera, a metronome, a recorder and a pen and paper notebook.
  • Bentley didn’t specify if his smartphone “vacation” also meant that he was taking a break from social media.

Dierks Bentley Releases “What the Hell Did I Say”

Dierks Bentley hits Country radio this week with “What the Hell Did I Say,” the fourth single from his latest studio album, Black. Dierks hoped this song would be a summertime single because he says it perfectly captures the spirit of his “What the Hell World Tour” with Cole Swindell and Jon Pardi. Bentley says, “It’s crazy right now with Cole and Pardi…every night is better than the one before…just when you think it can’t get any more fun, it does. I’ve worked my whole career


Dierks Bentley Brings “Black” to #1

Dierks Bentley’s “Black” hit the top spot on the Mediabase radio chart this week, giving Dierks his 16th career No. one song. Dierks says every single he’s put out this year is an important part of the story of his album, Black, but this personal song anchors them all. Bentley says, “‘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.”


  • “Black” reaches the chart’s summit exactly one year after Bentley’s album of the same was released last May.

Brett Eldredge Plays the Fifth Wheel

Nobody wants to be the fifth wheel on a double date, but Brett Eldredge made an exception on Monday night (5/22) so he could hang out with Luke Bryan, Thomas Rhett and their wives at the Nashville Predators’ home playoff game. Rhett shared a picture of the all-star squad at the Bridgestone Arena after the big win, writing, “Solid crew tonight… headed to the cup.” Eldredge shared the same picture the next day, saying, “I’ll 5th wheel with this crew any day…”


  • Brett and Thomas were only a few of the country stars who made it out to the big game, including Carrie Underwood, Kelsea Ballerini, Chris Young, Dierks Bentley, Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood and more.
  • The Preds are moving on to the Stanley Cup Finals next week.

BREAKING: CMT Music Awards Nominees Announced

Brett Eldredge appeared on NBC’s Today show on Tuesday (5/9) to help announce the nominees for the 2017 CMT Music Awards. Keslea Ballerini, Thomas Rhett and Keith Urban lead this year’s pack with four nominations apiece, while Carrie Underwood, Florida Georgia Line, Lauren Alaina and Luke Bryan follow closely behind with three nods each. Hosted this year by Nashville star Charles Esten, the CMT Music Awards will take place live from Nashville on June 7 at 8 PM ET.


  • Due to the Nashville Predators advancing in the NHL Playoffs, this year’s CMT Music Awards has been moved from the Bridgestone Arena to the Music City Center across the street.
  • Blake Shelton, Brett Eldredge, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert and Thomas Rhett were recently revealed as performers at the show, with additional acts set to be announced soon.
  • Fan voting is currently underway at CMT.com and continues until June 5.


The full list of CMT Music Awards nominees appears below:


Video of the Year


Artists of Then, Now & Forever, “Forever Country”

Brad Paisley, “Today”

Brett Eldredge, “Wanna Be That Song”

Carrie Underwood, “Church Bells”

Cole Swindell, “Middle of a Memory”

Dierks Bentley and Elle King, “Different for Girls”

Florida Georgia Line, “H.O.L.Y.”

Jon Pardi, “Dirt on My Boots”

Keith Urban, “Blue Ain’t Your Color”

Kelsea Ballerini, “Peter Pan”

Little Big Town, “Better Man”

Luke Bryan, “Huntin’, Fishin’ and Lovin’ Every Day”

Miranda Lambert, “Vice”

Thomas Rhett, “Star of the Show”


Male Video of the Year


Blake Shelton, “Came Here to Forget”

Eric Church, “Record Year”

Jason Aldean, “Lights Come On”

Keith Urban, “Blue Ain’t Your Color”

Luke Bryan, “Huntin’, Fishin’ and Lovin’ Every Day”

Thomas Rhett, “Star of the Show”


Female Video of the Year


Carrie Underwood, “Church Bells”

Kelsea Ballerini, “Peter Pan”

Lauren Alaina, “Road Less Traveled”

Maren Morris, “80s Mercedes”

Miranda Lambert, “Vice”

Reba McEntire, “Back to God”


Duo Video of the Year


Big & Rich featuring Tim McGraw, “Lovin’ Lately”

Brothers Osborne, “21 Summer”

Dan + Shay, “How Not To”

Florida Georgia Line, “H.O.L.Y.”

LoCash, “I Know Somebody”


Group Video of the Year


Eli Young Band, “Saltwater Gospel”

Lady Antebellum, “You Look Good”

Little Big Town, “Better Man”

Midland, “Drinkin’ Problem”

Old Dominion, “Song for Another Time”


Breakthrough Video of the Year


Brett Young, “In Case You Didn’t Know”

Jon Pardi, “Dirt on My Boots”

Kane Brown, “Used to Love You Sober”

Lauren Alaina, “Road Less Traveled”

Luke Combs, “Hurricane”

RaeLynn, “Love Triangle”


Collaborative Video of the Year


Artists of Then, Now & Forever, “Forever Country”

Chris Young featuring Vince Gill, “Sober Saturday Night”

Dierks Bentley featuring Elle King, “Different for Girls”

Florida Georgia Line featuring Tim McGraw, “May We All”

Keith Urban featuring Carrie Underwood, “The Fighter”

Kenny Chesney with P!nk, “Setting the World on Fire”


CMT Performance of the Year


Jason Aldean, “Hicktown” (From CMT Concert of the Summer)

Jason Derulo and Luke Bryan, “Want to Want Me” (From CMT Crossroads)

John Mellencamp and Darius Rucker, “Pink Houses” (From CMT Crossroads)

Alicia Keys and Maren Morris, “80s Mercedes” (From CMT Crossroads)

Meghan Trainor, Jill Scott and Kelsea Ballerini, “You’re Still The One/Any Man of Mine/Man I Feel Like A Woman” (from CMT Artists of the Year)

Nick Jonas and Thomas Rhett, Close (From CMT Crossroads)


Social Superstar of the Year


Brett Eldredge

Jake Owen

Keith Urban

Kelsea Ballerini

Lauren Alaina

Thomas Rhett

Dierks Bentley Helps With Military Family Reunion

Dierks Bentley helped one military family have a touching reunion during his show in Fresno, California, on Saturday (4/29). Before the concert got underway, Staff Sergeant Steven Mendez’s two sons were shooting the breeze with Dierks during a meet-and-greet backstage when their father came out from behind a curtain and surprised the boys. The emotional sons then hugged and embraced their father, who was returning home after serving 10 months overseas. Later in the night during his headlining set, Dierks invited the family onstage and thanked SSgt. Mendez for his service as well as the family for their sacrifice.

Luke and Dierks Pay Tribute To The Hag On The Late Show

During their appearance on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Wednesday night (3/29), Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley performed a rendition of Merle Haggard’s “Ramblin’ Fever,” backed by New Orleans musician Jon Batiste and his band, Stay Human. Before Luke and Dierks paid tribute to The Hag, the two sat down with host Stephen Colbert and discussed everything from their hosting duties at the upcoming ACM Awards to Luke’s dream collaboration being Elvis Presley. Their conversation can be seen here.

BREAKING: CMA Fest Stadium Lineup Revealed

The Nightly Concert lineup at Nissan Stadium during CMA Music Festival was revealed this morning (3/17) on ABC’s Good Morning America. Taking the big stage this year will be Trace Adkins, John Anderson, Kelsea Ballerini, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Brett Eldredge, Florida Georgia Line, Sam Hunt, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Tracy Lawrence, Little Big Town, Maren Morris, Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts, Kenny Rogers, Darius Rucker, Blake Shelton, Chris Stapleton, Cole Swindell, Thomas Rhett, Keith Urban, and Chris Young.


·         The 2017 CMA Music Festival will take place June 8-11 in downtown Nashville.


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