Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Get To Know New DB Congress Rep: Liz Fryman, Promoting Dierks Bentley in Ohio

The year my husband and I got married, Dierks played a local festival and we went to see him. I was instantly in love with all those curls and we both liked his style and music. We began following his music and keeping up with his local tour dates and hoping he’d headline a show soon.

As he became more popular (along with the Internet), I found his website and becoming a part of the fan club seemed like a no brainer! I’d already been a fan since he was out playing small town festivals.

Flash forward to 2018, Dierks plans a three-day music festival in Colorado (Seven Peaks Festival). We are from Ohio but I knew this trip had to happen no matter what. I ordered tickets the minute they went on sale and we started planning our road trip west.

Over the past year, my husband and I have faced a lot of devastating blows, [from] the loss of our nephew who was away with the Army to the loss of our home [due] to a house fire. Music became a survival tool. Riser became my "cry in the car and pray for better days" song. Seeing Dierks perform live always rang through me and reminded me we are Risers.

As we planned for the festival, we thought about ways to decorate our camping spot. We wanted something to catch Dierks' eye so hopefully we could meet him (we never had before).We decided on a Riser bird sign that we could have everyone passing by sign ... and hopefully Dierks would, too! Somewhere in the making of the sign we decided that putting it on old records would look pretty awesome and once we [got] back home we could hang it in our bedroom to always remember our time in the mountains. We made it, we hauled it carefully across seven states, hung it up and prayed for Dierks to come by!

Sure enough, he was buzzing by in a golf cart, and I spotted him coming (it’s a weird sense I have, I can see him a mile away!) so I ran out and flagged him down--and he signed it! I thanked him so much for being him, for his festival, and for every song he’s ever sang. And of course for signing my riser bird.

Liz Fryman
DB Congress Rep, OH

Friday, October 26, 2018

The Burning Man 2019 Tour Hits The Road In January

While it was hinted to in a recent interview, having the full details of the upcoming Burning Man 2019 Tour has us on a mountain high!

The details came available first thing this morning with this announcement:

Joined by Jon Pardi, Tenille Townes and the ever-amazing Hot Country Knights, the tour takes Dierks and the team to 24 stops across the US and Canada.

When asked what will make this tour different than the Mountain High Tour that just ended, he replied, "It’s a great show, I hate to tweak it too much. There are some subtle things we’re going to do for all those fans that come a long distance and travel to show after show, but for the most part, the guts remain from last year. What makes it fun for us is changing up who’s on the road with us. ... I’m on the road with Jon Pardi and Tenille Townes, they’re just as important as anybody out there as far as making sure the vibe is right and that the experience is unique for the fans."

Here are the dates!

Jan. 17: Hamilton, ON (DB Congress pre-sale starts Oct. 30)
Jan. 18: Ottawa, ON (DB Congress pre-sale starts Oct. 30)
Jan. 19: Oshawa, ON (DB Congress pre-sale starts Oct. 30)
Jan. 22: Winnipeg, MB (DB Congress pre-sale starts Oct. 30)
Jan. 23: Saskatoon, SK (DB Congress pre-sale starts Oct. 30)
Jan. 24: Edmonton, AB(DB Congress pre-sale starts Oct. 30)
Jan. 26: Calgary, AB (DB Congress pre-sale starts Oct. 30)
Jan. 28: Kelowna, BC (DB Congress pre-sale starts Oct. 30)
Jan. 29: Vancouver, BC (DB Congress pre-sale starts Oct. 30)
Feb. 14: Ontario, CA (on sale soon)
Feb. 15: Fresno, CA (on sale soon)
Feb. 16: Reno, NV (on sale soon)
Feb. 21: Lexington, KY (on sale soon)
Feb. 22: Nashville, TN (DB Congress pre-sale starts Oct. 30)
Feb. 23: Columbia, MO (DB Congress pre-sale starts Oct. 30)
Feb. 28: Sioux Falls, SD (on sale soon)
Mar. 1: Wichita, KS (on sale soon)
Mar. 2: Omaha, NE (on sale soon)
Mar. 7: Moline, IL (DB Congress pre-sale starts Oct. 30)
Mar. 8: Deluth, MN (on sale soon)
Mar. 9: Grand Forks, MN (DB Congress pre-sale starts Oct. 30)
Mar. 28: Toledo, OH (on sale soon)
Mar. 29: Columbus, OH (on sale soon)
Mar. 30: Grand Rapids, MI (on sale soon)

"The goal is don’t hold anything back, every year put all you have into production, all you have into ideas, don’t save anything," Dierks said when planning for this new tour. "You put everything you have in every year and it forces us to find a way to top it the next year."

Be sure to log in to your DB Congress account to get access to the pre-sale (public sales begin Nov. 2)! And yes, it looks like the Seven Peaks VIP Experience is available for most shows (as are meet and greets)!

Jessica Borrelli
DB Congress Rep, WA

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Burning Man Music Video Is Fire!

It's no surprise a music video with a song title of "Burning Man" would be filmed someplace hot, but even Arizona native, Dierks Bentley, wasn't prepared for what the Palm Springs, Calif., desert held for the video team in the July heat. 

"I’m from Arizona, and this was hot. I felt bad for everyone involved,” Dierks said when reflecting on the video shoot.

Several members of the crew experienced heat stroke, vehicles got stuck in the sand; there was even a rattlesnake tamer with them at all times. 

But ... anything less and this video wouldn't be fitting for the song itself. And the video turned out exactly how they wanted it.

After the sun went down, though, the energy shifted, and the team soaked up the desert air. With the stars out and nothing else in sight, the other side of the burning man came to light.

“We went absolutely crazy,” Dierks said. “It felt so good—we had the music cranking, we were in the middle of nowhere and the stars were coming out. The fun we were having was true to a fault, we didn’t have to fake that at all.”

Joined by Brothers Osborne duo--T.J. and John--"Burning Man" is a reflection on Dierks' life, where he's come from and where he wants to be.

"I live in these two completely different worlds,” Dierks said. “I’m in my house in Nashville right now and I’m about to fly to San Francisco to do a show. And it’s not just physical, but also mentally I am always switching gears and trying to be successful in both of them. One day I’m doing something with [my] four-year-old with a bunch of their moms and the next I’m on stage ... I’m knee-deep in adulthood. I thought it would be fun to sing [this] with someone who doesn’t have three kids and isn’t as far along as I am or as old as I am.”

Directed by Wes Edwards (who also directed "Black," "5-1-5-0" and "Riser"), the video pulls in elements that Dierks fans will recognize from his career journey. It includes footage from every era of his music career, clips of his family, even a subtle nod to his Riser logo. 

Dierks' heart, passion, contemplation, and joy radiate throughout the video, continuing the 2018 trend we've seen from Dierks in his introspective year. 

"I wanted [this video] to be about my own journey in music--how many nights I’ve been on stage and the years I’ve put into this—who I am," he said. He added in a different interview, “This song is a personal reflection and it was important to me that you feel that with the video."

Jessica Borrelli
DB Congress Rep, WA

Friday, July 20, 2018

Somebody Call the Po-Po! Dierks Featured in Lip-Sync Videos Across U.S.

If you've been on social media in the last few weeks, you've seen it.

The law enforcement lip sync battle craze has been taking over the country ... and we have to admit: We love it!

It's certainly entertaining, and ultimately, it's showing off not just the officers' dance moves, but reminding everyone that our men and women in uniform are real people.

Naturally, given the stars of these videos, Dierks Bentley's "5-1-5-0" has popped up a few times in this battle and we can't get enough!

Here are the videos we found featuring this hit:

Meridian Police Department, Idaho

Yuma County Sheriff's Office, Arizona

Lebanon Police Department, Tennessee

College Station Police Department, Texas

Tega Cay Police Department, South Carolina

Stuart Police Department, Florida

Have you seen a Dierks Bentley lip sync video we didn't catch? Please share it in the comments and we'll get it added to this blog.

Jessica Borrelli
DB Congress Rep, WA