Photo Credit: Zach Belcher
Dierks Bentley wrapped his 2018 MOUNTAIN HIGH TOUR this past Saturday in front of a sold-out crowd at Los Angeles’ Hollywood Bowl. Since its launch in May, “expectations were instantly met and exceeded” (Arizona Republic) throughout the 30-city run with Bentley’s “eclectic, likable tour of country styles” (Newsday). Bentley brought along special guests Brothers Osborne and LANCO, and the tour’s final show included a two-song jam with the entire lineup and surprise guest Dwight Yoakam.
“This season of my life has been filled with so much meaning and purpose and this tour played a large role in that,” said Bentley. “We launched it with the new album, which was in a lot of ways a reflection of the fans’ stories we’d heard out on the road, combined with my own personal life and career journey. We played and sold out bucket-list rooms like Madison Square Garden and the Hollywood Bowl. Most importantly, it was a year the friendships that already existed with LANCO, Brothers Osborne and DJ AYDAMN were taken to new levels. The family atmosphere that existed on this tour is something I strive for every year and this year was no exception… it was one of the most fun touring seasons of my life on and off the stage.”
The full-throttle tour was known to “deliver an evening of feel-good, rockin’ Country music” (Buffalo News) with spontaneous performances and eye-catching production. Standout moments included impromptu sets from Bentley’s 90’s cover band Hot Country Knights, along with a reappearance from LANCO’s lead singer Brandon Lancaster as the two paired for John Michael Montgomery’s classic hit “Sold” (The Grundy County Auction). Additionally, each night Bentley was joined by Brothers Osborne for his Top 20 and climbing single “Burning Man” where “fans danced and sang like nobody was watching” (Calgary Herald). Critics around the nation agree; Bentley has “established a foothold in the genre, particularly with touring” (Washington Post).
“He offers a musical comfort food with a large jolt of caffeine. The mix of having a classic country presentation, but then having him run into the crowd and jump on the railings holding back fans. Him holding his mic in the air, the crowd singing in response.” – Dallas Observer
“Bentley and his tight five-piece band came out steaming, flowing the set’s first nine songs one into another in breathless but precision fashion whose transitions were even tighter.” – Daily Tribune
The multi-PLATINUM singer/songwriter “has one of Country music’s most enviable brands, equal parts affability and authenticity” (Forbes). Reaching a new creative high, Bentley co-wrote 10 of his current album THE MOUNTAIN’s (Capitol Records Nashville) 13 tracks, which earned him the highest debut sales of his career and became his seventh chart-topping album. Bentley has amassed billions of digital streams, countless nominations from the ACMs, Billboard Music Awards and more while earning 13 GRAMMY nominations – including at least one stemming from each of his last six albums. For more information visit www.Dierks.com.