Sunday, March 5, 2017

New Dierks Song Released on Movie Soundtrack

Since Dierks Bentley’s first album, where he soon defined his place in country music, and through each album release since, fans have been craving new music. We can’t get enough.

Well, Congress, a musical snack was unveiled to whet your appetite as we eagerly await another album.

“Days of Dark” was just released on the original motion picture soundtrack “The Shack.” The movie, which hit theaters this weekend, tells the story of an unfathomable family tragedy and how they were transformed in a powerful way.

Number nine on the soundtrack, Dierks’ “Days of Dark” has been defined as a personal anthem for anyone who has lost hope. When facing struggles or wanting to give up, all you have to do is turn on this propelling, "emotionally uplifting" song. Laden with metaphors, the lyrics define personal darkness then morph into a story of light.

With his iconic “smoked gravel” voice carrying the song through, and an opportunity to open up his vocal range, it’s clear this song is classic Dierks. Through each brilliant verse, chorus and bridge, the Dierks we’ve loved over the last eight albums rings through. As would be needed with a story as powerful as this song tells, the music itself is strong enough to carry the positive message through, starting from the first note.

Dierks recently sat down to discuss the writing of "Days of Dark" and the honor he feels in being part of this movie:

The soundtrack is available through iTunes, Amazon music, pretty much anywhere music is sold. You can hear the song here:

“Days of Dark” was written by Dierks Bentley, Josh Osborne, and Ryan Tyndell.

Others featured on the soundtrack include country artists such as Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Lady Antebellum, and Brett Eldredge.

Jessica Borrelli
DB Congress Rep, WA

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Dierks Bentley and Jon Pardi get "Strait" to classic country on the "What The Hell" Tour

Whether you were born wearing cowgirl boots or just donned your first pair at a recent "What The Hell" Tour concert, there are some country classics with which everyone can sing along. 

So when Dierks Bentley and Jon Pardi decided to have some extra fun on tour, honoring one of their biggest heroes was just too good to pass up.

Man, did they do it justice.

During a recent “What the Hell” Tour concert, Dierks and Jon, after a time of banter and joking with the crowd, led the band (and entire audience!) in the George Strait 1987 hit “All My Ex’s Live in Texas.”

One fan* posted a video of this talented performance, which you can watch here (song begins at 1:57):

George Strait holds a special place in Dierks’ heart. Early in his career, Dierks had the privilege of opening for George on tour. At one of those concerts, Dierks met up with his childhood sweetheart, Cassidy, again (who would later become his wife!). On that same tour, when in Dierks’ hometown of Phoenix, Ariz., George played “I Just Want to Dance With You” because he knew it was Dierks’ mom’s favorite song.

From growing up listening to George through his parents, to opening for George on tour, to now headlining his own show and paying homage to his hero, Dierks certainly has a connection with King George.

As Dierks said in a recent interview, “He is tied into my family in many, many ways.”

One more unforgettable way was just added to those memories. It was worth every mile.

Jessica Borrelli
DB Congress Rep, WA

*Thank you to YouTube user "shyloh durocher" for the video.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Dierks' Music Gets 'All The Way' To Those Who Listen

Ten years down the road, is this going to be something we look back on and say, ‘We should have done that’?”
Yes, those words came out of my mouth when presenting the Jet Black VIP Experience opportunity to my husband. 
And it worked.
See, he’s been a dedicated supporter of our president (Dierks Bentley) since, “What Was I Thinkin’” so this was an easy sell. What was most surprising to him was I was the one doing the asking.
The biggest reason? Just two weeks before, I didn’t listen to country music. At all.
I sealed my fate when I got him bleacher seat concert tickets to see Dierks in Puyallup, Wash., last September. For some reason, I couldn’t wait to go, despite my lack of knowing really any of the songs. My anticipation was not misplaced. 
Since you’re reading this, you know what happens next.
I fell in love right then and there. The music, the lyrics, the passion, the personality. It’s life’s soundtrack heard through a band full of talent and a voice full of whiskey honey!
My album collection grew by eight that night and I cannot stop listening. 
When the Vancouver, BC, concert was announced, we couldn’t miss reliving the experience from the frontSo I joined the Congressgot our VIP tickets, put my name in for the Meet & Greet lottery, booked the trip and set a countdown timer. Four. Long. Months.
Every Mile a Memory
We are at Roger Arena early. We’re in a different country, unfamiliar territory, and have no clue what to expect. Apparently we’re there too early because we’re the first in line. This is the right gate, right?
When the doors finally open, we’re greeted with excitement and our “runway” VIP gift. First in the room, we grab our whiskeys and stand front and center, awaiting the private concert with 100 other VIPs.
In one of those “Is this really happening right now?” moments, Dierks and the band walk in the room and land two feet in front of us. This moment I’ve been dreaming about is real.
With nods to the little white tank tops around the room, and excitement about how the concert will be if this is how the pre-show is, Dierks casually asks, “What do you want to hear?”

People ask for the classics such as “Free and Easy” and “I Hold On and new hits “Pick Up” and “All The Way To Me.” One woman in the back even raised her hand to be called upon, causing a dumbfounded laugh from Dierks, saying, “I don’t believe anyone has ever raised their hand at one of these!”
Thirty unforgettable minutes later, it’s time to go to the big show. That’s 30 minutes that were worth every minute of waiting and every penny to get in the door.
A mass exodus ensues as VIP ticket holders swarm the standing-only pit to get the best vantage point possible. My husband gets a spot touching the stage. 

He’s on his own for that one, though, because just six days before, my email arrived. I have been selected for the Meet and Greet experience!
Standing in line with 30 Congress lottery and radio contest winners, it’s our turn to shake hands with the man himself.
I don’t want this opportunity in a stereotypical fan girl fashion. I want to say thank you. Thank you for sharing your talents with all of us. Thank you for taking time to meet with those in the Congress. Thank you for changing lives with music that gets all the way to those who listen.

In that moment, I, in the chaos of people and 100 decibels, know without a doubt I have Dierks’ complete attention and appreciation. That’s just like him, though, isn’t it? He cares about his fans and appreciates our support. After 14 years in the industry, he hasn’t gotten too big for his Levis.

 Reaching out to the fans, walking into the audience, fist-bumping the crowd, Dierks and the band connect with every concert-goer in the arena. The talent and entertainment value are unprecedented. No matter where you sit, you’re in for a memorable show. 
I know because four months before I watched from the back row. I do have to say, though, front row certainly does have its advantages. 
There are just some things that can’t be replaced.
Jessica Borrelli
DB Congress Rep, WA

Friday, December 30, 2016

The Top 16 Dierks Bentley Moments of 2016

The results are in!  Based on your votes, DB Congress, here are the top 16 moments of 2016 for our Prez, Dierks Bentley! 
  1. Country Music Hall of Fame Honors Dierks with "Every Mile a Memory" Exhibit
  2. Somewhere On A Beach Tour w/ Tucker Beathard, CAM & Randy Houser
  3. The "Jet Black" VIP Experience
  4. Donated $100k to Dolly Parton's #MyPeopleFund for Smoky Mountains fire victims                                                     
  5. Black - The Album released May 27 to record-breaking sales!  
  6. First time co-hosting the ACM Awards (with Luke Bryan)
  7. Evie, Jordan and Knox Bentley sing with dad at VIP Lounge                                                      
  8. Tweeted to DB Congress: "Keep being the greatest fans in country music!"                      
  9. 4 CMA Awards nominations, a win for Musical Event of the Year (Different For Girls)                            
  10. The "Black" Card! and Black released on VINYL (tie)                            
  11. Back to his roots - performance at Legends downtown Nashville 
  12. 4 songs, 4 videos, 1 story - leading up to the release of "Black."
  13. Dierks and Elle perform "Jackson" on The Grand Ole Opry   
  14. Red Rocks show sold out, 2nd night added--special guest Maren Morris
  15. Featured in "Forever Country" video tribute to legends who shaped country music
  16. ACM Nominations for Male Vocalist and Video of the Year (Riser)                                
Honorable Mentions:

Different For Girls feat. Elle King (2nd single from Black) becomes his 15th #1 and RIAA certified Gold.  Live from Nashville - Good Morning, America performance.  Somewhere On A Beach-lead single from Black--goes #1 and RIAA certified Platinum! Nominated for a Grammy for his collaboration with Eric Paslay on Charles Kelley's single, "The Driver."  Dierks is the "question" to a Jeopardy answer!  Black released as 3rd single, top 30 in just 5 weeks!  SESAC Award for Song of the Year - Somewhere On A Beach.  Performs on The Ellen Show and gives away a fly-away trip!
Celebrity hockey coach #NHLAllStars.  Kris Kristofferson and Glen Campbell tributes.

One more top Dierks moment that wasn't up for vote - Dierks Emojis! Get them here!

What were you thinkin'?  Were you surprised by the results?  Did we leave out any moments?  Leave a comment and let us know!