Dierks Bentley has been consistently burning country radio for 20 years. His “Beers on Me” tour arrives Saturday at the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland.

Listen to our full conversation on my “Beyond the Fame” podcast.

Jason Fraley of WTOP introduces Dierks Bentley to Merriweather (Part 1)

Dierks Bentley has been consistently burning country radio for 20 years. His “Beers on Me” tour hits the Merriweather Post Pavilion on Saturday in Columbia, Maryland.

“We’re gonna party, man,” Bentley told OMCP. “It’s a lot of fun. It’s a great tour.

Speaking of their early acts, Bentley said, “Everyone on this tour is so much fun. Ashley McBryde is just the real deal and so much fun behind the scenes and Travis Denning, I don’t think I’ve met anyone funnier than him and obviously a great singer too.

Born in Phoenix, Arizona in 1975, Bentley grew up listening to tons of great music.

“I grew up in a time when music was everything,” Bentley said. “There were no phones or other distractions; music was what we were all passionate about.

Her older sister loved U2, Madonna, The Bangles and Billy Idol. “My first gig was Skid Row and Bon Jovi when I was 13, so I was into rock and metal, but my dad loved country music.”

He will never forget hearing country music for the first time at age 17.

“I heard Hank [Williams] Jr. sings about naked women and beer,” Bentley said. “I was like, ‘Wow, that’s pretty cool! What’s this guy? Rock ‘n roll guitar? Singing with testosterone? Is that country music? I think I like that. Then it was just the whole class of ’89: Alan Jackson, Clint Black, Garth Brooks, Dwight Yoakam, Marty Stuart… I got hooked and moved to Nashville two years later.

After graduating from Vanderbilt University in 1997, Bentley signed with Capitol Nashville for their self-titled debut album ‘Dierks Bentley’ (2003), which included hit singles with ‘My Last Name’, ‘How Am I Doin ‘,” and his breakthrough hit single, “What Was I Thinking?”

“I was really looking for a song called ‘Wish It Would Break’…then a Seattle station started saying ‘What Was I Thinking?’ and that was it,” Bentley said. “I’m glad I got it wrong because this song is so much fun.”

Her second album, “Modern Day Drifter” (2005), included three angles on the concept of love with “Come a Little Closer” (a romantic chamber song), “Settle for a Slowdown” (a pleading breakup song ) and “Lot of Leavin’ Left to Do” (warning that he is a heartbreaker).

“It’s about love; it’s just about trying to approach it from all the angles and all the ways that we experience it as people,” Bentley said. , right?… I actually met my wife when ‘Lot of Leavin’ Left to Do’ was on the radio, so I’m sure her parents loved that song!

His third album, “Long Trip Alone” (2006), addressed life on the road with the contemplative title track “Long Trip Alone,” an infectious, free-spirited ride through “Free and Easy (Down the Road I Go) and the cinematic visual storytelling of the hit “Every Mile a Memory.”

“Sitting in the front seat of a tour bus, driving down the highway with your best friends, hanging out, playing shows every night, meeting people and getting back on the bus – this is the life you’ve been dreaming of. live,” Bentley said. . “There’s just a certain lure, I think, as an American – the pull of the west, the pull of the open road and the scenery, so it’s a fun thing to write.”

Her fourth album, ‘Feel That Fire’ (2009), featured the catchy hit ‘Sideways’, but her fifth album ‘Up on the Ridge’ (2010) was not as successful. He bounced back with his sixth and seventh albums, as ‘Home’ (2012) featured the hit ‘Am I the Only One’ and ‘Riser’ (2014) delivered ‘I Hold On’, ‘Say You Do’ and the hilarious “Drunk on a plane.

Her eighth album, “Black” (2016), delivered the hit single “Somewhere on a Beach,” while her ninth album, “The Mountain” (2018), followed with some absolute bangers like “Living,” “ Woman, Amen” and his intense collaboration with the Osborne brothers “Burning Man”.

“There was this great guitar solo spot and I loved John Osborne’s guitar playing,” Bentley said. “Then I thought, well, we can probably turn that second verse into a collab with TJ, and it worked so well having them on that song. I knew they’d like it when they heard it.

Now her upcoming 10th album, ‘Gone’, features new single ‘Beers on Me’, hence the name of the tour which is set to rock Merriweather on Saturday night.

WTOP’s Jason Fraley introduces Dierks Bentley to Merriweather (Part 2)

Listen to our full conversation on my “Beyond the Fame” podcast.


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