Monday, June 29, 2009
Sunday, June 28, 2009
Having a friend to share the experience was really exciting for me, and also a distraction from being in the same proximity as my favorite country artist of all time and not freaking out. We tailgated in the parking lot along with thousands of people on that warm early summer night. Our time to meet at the gate was 7:30, and we were brought to a back lot with a tent set up and the new Feel that Fire backdrop for us to take pics with the "Dude"--it was very intimate and surreal. Out walks Dierks from the buses in a blue plaid shirt & jeans, blackberry in hand, Twittering as he walked under the tent toward all of us. Everyone claps and he says "Hey Guys" with that perfect white smile. He looked so great, very well rested and curlier than ever with the slight touch of humidity in the air.
So from then on I was glad to be feeling a little bit of my tailgating cocktail or else the butterflies would have kicked in BIG TIME. I was up next in line after several people, handing the new tour manager my camera, when I hear Dierks say to me "Hey nice shirt, wanna trade?" We both had on blue plaid and he noticed instantly. I giggle, not able to even say anything (Plaid Shirt? Check. Butterflies in stomach? Check!) He asks me where the picture I had in my hand is from and I tell him "The big CD release in Philadelphia in Feb. but there were about 500 other people there so I don't expect you to remember me." He smiles, and puts his arm around me for a picture (*sigh*).
Afterwards, my brain finally starts to work and I tell him we were onstage with him for the Jimmy Fallon show while pointing to Mandy in line. He waves her over as he's telling me that was one of the most fun talk shows he's done. I move out of the way for them to take a picture together and then it was the three of us just standing around chatting. He could tell by this time we were both getting a little silly and making him laugh and says, "Were you girls having a few beers before the show?" I say "No...Vodka." We all giggle. Here's Mandy's M&G pic (I spy a DB Bracelet!):
Dierks told us that he took the jeep out earlier in the day and cruised the parking lots to hang out with the tailgaters for a while and he was happy everyone was having a good time. I found out later he had a beer with a group of my hometown buddies too. They were totally psyched when his jeep came rolling 'round.
The Q&A: Everyone's first question was, "How's Evie?" and he says, "Good, Good" with that beaming daddy grin. I raise my hand even though I'm smack dab in front of him, and ask him the only question I really could think of. "Whats your favorite bar--where should I go to in Nashville for my 30th birthday in Oct., I'm coming down to Miles & Music?" "Oh you are?" Dierks says, "That's great--I don't have a line up yet for Miles & Music. I really gotta get going on that...go to The Station Inn." He starts to tell me another place to go, but at the same time someone asks me jokingly to ask for his home address. Crazy fans.
I asked if I could get a few pics of him smiling for my camera, so I take the first one and he looks really great in it--perfect smile all for me, great tan from the Aussie beaches, and perfect DB curls!
The second picture's my favorite though, he's giving me this Sideways glance and smile that just makes my heart melt everytime I've looked at it since. You can see it in his eyes he thought I was silly or funny...in a good way, of course. I couldn't get my flash to work, but in a way that added to the intimacy of the pictures under the tent. They capture Dierks without the bright lights and the big stage--just the man hanging with his crew of far away friends from CT.
By the end of the Meet & Greet I really just felt like I was talking to another one of my hometown buddies. We even chatted about how we were going to bring plaid back & I almost broke out into the robot for him while singing "I'm bringing Plaid back..." to the tune of Justin Timberlake's Sexy Back.
That's what's so great about Dierks--he has that way of making you feel important--not intimidated. It felt like I was just kickin' back hangin' out with one of my hometown buddies.Hope to one day have a beer with Dierks, or Vodka, whatever he prefers!
We leave and I ask for a hug & without hesitation he leans in and I wrap my arms around him. Love you Dierks! (*sigh...what a great HUGGER!*). So my "first time" Meet & Greet was quick but unforgettable. I wish it would have lasted longer.
During Dierks' performance the Security guard let us up to the catwalk. He was singing, "What Was I Thinking," as he ran up and down the stages getting the crowd to definitely feel that fire!
He approaches the very end of our catwalk, reaches his hand out to the adoring girls around him and looks up when he spots my shirt. I got the BEST stage smile I could have EVER asked for and he reaches even further through all of the hands to grab mine. He holds it for a goodDierks, I will always be dedicated, because I know how dedicated you are to your fans and the DB Congress! And, I'll always wear plaid because it makes it really easy to be spotted out in the crowd!
15 seconds and I felt like the most important fan in the world. I felt this firm appreciative grip from him. It was like he was giving me a little extra love 'cause he knew I was a dedicated DB Congress member.
~Renee (CTCowgirl) , DB Congress Rep, Connecticut
Saturday, June 27, 2009
Weekends tend to be a bit strange as far as the chart reporting goes, because there are so many more syndicated shows and countdowns, but I see it as the perfect opportunity to make our voices heard.
If you missed it in the comments on the previous update, some of the geographic areas that really need our help include Northern California, Oregon, Texas, the greater Kansas City region (and I know you guys have a show coming up so it's the perfect opportunity to get people pumped for Dierks!), and the greater Birmingham region as well.
You can use Radio Locator to find specific stations, and of course there is always Yes.com as well!
Keep up the great work, Congress -- I know we can do this. And ... did I mention the new ZBB song has already started getting airplay? That may help just a bit, too ... ;)
You guys ROCK!
(And thanks for the well-wishes everybody -- my LASIK went well and I'm at 20/20 vision for the first time in 20 years!)
More from me on Thursday ...
~ Carrie (DBC Rep/Chart Reporter from NC)
Dierks did a massive satellite radio tour recently and one of his interviews was with The Wakeup Crew of K102, Donna and Muss, in Minnesota. Listen as he discusses hockey, Sideways, the surprise kiss from Melissa Peterman at the CMT Awards and much more!
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Based on the radio stations that *do* report to Mediabase, "Sideways" is closing in on the Zac Brown Band's "Whatever it Is," bit by bit (play by play?). The reporting I see is similar to this:
Zac Brown Band Whatever it Is (# of plays this week) ( # + or - since last week)
Dierks Bentley Sideways (# of plays this week) (# + or - since last week)
I pay attention not only to the # of plays this week, but also how much the songs are moving. Over the past couple of days, I was getting nervous. ZBB was increasing by much, much more than "Sideways," so I was starting to get an uneasy feeling that our efforts were going unnoticed -- or that people were just plain getting tired of their DJs playing nothin' slow. But today I'm a bit more confident since "Sideways" moved up 122 plays to ZBB's 155. Yes, I realize they're still outpacing Dierks, but it's significantly closer than it had been earlier in the week.
So. We can still do this! You know what to do ... call, text, or email your radio stations (especially if you're in Texas -- they seem to be lagging back with "Sideways!"), visit Yes.com ... however you can do it, let your voice be heard and make sure people know that you came to rock (in your blue jeans and white tank top, naturally!).
Also, would anybody be interested if I made a list of the specific stations that have "Sideways" below the top 3 on their playlists, so we know which particular stations need a bit of nudging? Comment if you'd be interested.
And one final note, I apologize in advance if Saturday's chart update is delayed -- I'm having LASIK tomorrow and I'm not 100% sure when I'll be able to successfully go online this weekend. But you'll be hearing from me soon ...
~ Carrie (DBC Rep/Chart Reporter from North Carolina)
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
I think we all know by now that Dierks took Jake as his date to the CMT Music Awards--trotting around on all fours on the red carpet and sittin' pretty in the chair in the audience next to daddy Dierks. And, D kicked off the show with a performance of Sideways. (starts at the 5:05 minute mark).
And, he won the award for "Country Boy" CMT Performance of the Year (with Alan Jackson, George Strait, and Brad Paisely). Keith Urban performs first, then the award presentation.
And, if all that wasn't enough to make a great night...he got kissed--on the mouth--by Melissa Peterman. Well, OK--that part was not so great, as you can see by Dierks' "tweet" from backstage. Oh, and will somebody puh-lease teach Bill Engvall how to pronounce "DIERKS" --with as S!
http://twitpic.com/7lcrk - thanks to the fans for an amazing night. an honor for me (and jake) to win the award with alan.7:41 PM
Jun 16th from TwitPic
ok...the host just called me "dierk"...besides that and that kiss, it was a great night!
thanks to all the fans. #fb7:40 PM
Jun 16th from txt
just did red carpet...with jake!...love having him here at these award shows...he makes them fun. #fb3:45 PM
Jun 16th from txt
http://twitpic.com/7k710 - we all know who the real star is tonight! #fb11:58 AM
Jun 16th from TwitPic
Now, let's go for a 3-peat!
Dierks is up for Male Artist of the Future and Male Artist of All Time in Country Weekly's poll to determine country’s All-Time Sexiest Stars. But hurry! Voting ends June 26 at 11:59 a.m. With over 500 reps now, we can work wonders! Let's make it happen! VOTE HERE!
Special thanks to Meg (DBC in FL) for reminding us of the looming deadline! In fact, Meg helps us out a lot with finding all kinds of Dierks links! Sooooooooo...yes, it's that time again...I have a new title for Meg--Special Research Assistant to the DBC Chair. I know, it's really long...but well deserved!
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Dierks Bentley Writes Memorial Song for Jordan Sterling
By Niki D'Andrea in Ear to the Street
Monday, Jun. 22 2009 @ 12:25PM
Courtesy of Kim Sterling-Heflin; The Sterling siblings: Brooke, Walter II, and Jordan, at Jordan's graduation from Santa Clara University:
Phoenix-bred country star Dierks Bentley's newest song is a melancholy tribute to Phoenix resident Jordan Sterling, who died earlier this year at 34, after a life-long battle with cystic fibrosis. Jordan and his sister, Brooke, were profiled by Megan Irwin in our 2006 story, "Borrowed Time," which chronicled the siblings' very different battles against cystic fibrosis. (Brooke is a yoga instructor who uses alternative and natural medicine; Jordan took a more traditional approach.)
According to this blog by his stepmother, Jordan Sterling's health began to seriously decline last year, after a doctor accidentally pierced one of his arteries.
Many of his friends were childhood pals. Like Dierks. During all the years that Jordan struggled with his health, all those scary pre-transplant years, Dierks worked at his music. Dierks became a celebrity, a country western idol. He could have ignored Jordan, but he was always a true, attentive friend. He was Jordan’s friend when Jordan was healthy, and he was Jordan’s friend when Jordan’s was sick.He died in Phoenix at St. Joseph's Hospital on January 29. Bentley was a close friend. The Arizona native has been making waves in Nashville for the past few years -- he's sold more than five million copies of his first three studio albums, and he's also been the recipient of a CMA Horizon Award. He was also, at one time, the youngest person inducted to the Grand Ole Opry. Bentley's song for Sterling, "Hey Jordan," is a rather upbeat acoustic guitar song, but contains lines rife with sadness, like "I miss you, and I want you back/Don't know how I'm gonna live without that laugh" and "Hey Jordan, how is heaven? I bet they're glad to have you home."Hear Bentley introduce and perform "Hey Jordan" by playing the video.
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Here are the last 50+ members who helped get us to 500! :
Welcome to the DB Family!! :)
-Amanda Morris (Mississippi Rep/DBC Secretary)
Monday, June 22, 2009
We had already gotten the forecast for the weekend and it was going to be HOT! Summer peaked its head a couple of days early with temps staying around 100 degrees all day Saturday. The festival was blocked off along streets and parking lots downtown, and that only made it hotter.
Birmingham, AL is about an hour 1/2 to 2 hours away from home, and I was determined to get there early before the gates opened to claim front row for Dierks! I got things ready the night before so we could sleep in Saturday morning and not be rushed to get things together that morning, but to get there in plenty of time before gates opened. Right as we were coming into downtown I saw an electronic marquee sign that flashed up "Dierks Bentley" and was hoping I could find where it was to take a picture, but there are huge buildings all downtown and was hard to find, but we did some walking around and happened to see it.
We hadn't been there too long and we heard someone doing sound check. I tried to listen to see if I recognized the music since no on was singing at the time. I wasn't 100% sure just yet, but I thought it sounded like a Dierks song. Then a couple of minutes later I heard someone talking. It kind of sounded like Dierks, but couldn't really tell until they started singing. Yep, my ears were right and it was Dierks and we listened to his whole sound check! Although we couldn't see a thing on the stage since the gate we were at was 2 blocks away, but the whole area could hear it and they sounded great!
My Dad came with us for security reasons, and we had him to stay with our chairs while we went to find the buses haha. We found them and they were to the left of the stage and Dierks was just about finished with sound check. And what else did my little eyes spy at the buses?! Dierks' jeep of course!
There was a small crowd of people now, and it was right at 1pm, but gates wouldn't open until ticket sellers and the Ticketmaster scanning devices arrived. We all waited on them at least 15 mins, but they said the other gates weren't opened either. I was first to get our seats at the stage. Other people were going to different stages and checking stuff out, and we were the only two at the stage for a good five minutes, but I got exactly where we wanted - front and center! That's what I got there early enough for!
After we got settled down, we went to see where I needed to pick up my m&g pass. I knew it would be at merch or Will Call. I was hoping it would be at merch because it was right near the stage and Will Call was a long walk. I went to merch and I asked where I needed to pick up my m&g at and one girl said with a bit of an attitude, "Oh, I don't think he's doing a m&g tonight." Well, not to sound rude or anything, but DUH! I figured that much out myself, but that wasn't even what I asked, but I quickly replied, "No..I am in the fan club and I have a m&g for tonight." She was rather speechless after hearing that, and a guy that was there said that the passes won't be at the merch, but will be available at Will Call after 4pm. I kindly said "Thank You" and went on. It was still a couple of hours before I could pick it up and we went ahead got a couple shirts.
You could leave the festival all day as long as you had on a wrist band and we went back around to the buses for a few minutes to see if there was any activity going about. None..except for people working there. We were getting a bit hungry and asked the guard if he knew of a good place to eat, and he suggested a grill that was a few streets over, but we didn't really want to lose our good parking spot. There was a BBQ place right across the street from where we parked and we tried it out. We had to wait a few minutes because there were some ahead of us and the owner was cooking some fresh BBQ. He said he doesn't cook ahead, and oh it was sooo good! It beat paying too much for stuff inside the festival. We got a BBQ sandwich plate for a reasonable $6 each! It came with slaw on it if you wanted it and with fries...he even toasts the buns! YUM! I would definitely recommend it if you're ever in downtown Birmingham. I believe it was called North Meats South BBQ between 17th and 18th Street on 4th Avenue.
After we ate that, we went to the jeep to cool off and to put some make up on so I'd be ready for the m&g haha. You couldn't put on much because it was so hot and you'd pretty much sweat it off anyway. At the time, the thermometer in the jeep read 108 degrees! WOW! Now that was like Nevada or Arizona hot!
Right before the show started, I felt something hit my leg, but didn't pay attention right then. I looked down and in front of me on the ground looking at me was the famous db logo on a pick! I got excited, but also wondered where it came from. I jokingly said that it fell from the sky, but I looked around and noticed that Jay was throwing out Robbie's purple and yellow-ish guitar picks. I bet he threw out 50-100 of those things and the guard in front of me got me a few that I couldn't reach. It was soo funny. I could see him throw them, but couldn't see them when they got near me. Jay even ended up hitting that guard and he almost hit me in the eye and head a couple of times lol. But he wasn't meaning to of course. It was like a game once people figured out what he was doing and what he was throwing. Thanks Jay! :)
Dierks came out...still in his blue plaid shirt and backwards ball cap on! I was soo excited and I was totally a different person when Dierks and TLB hit the stage! I felt like I was 16 all over again. (Ok..I know that I'm not old at almost 22 yrs now, and I still look 16 to most people lol) But I was just all giddy and jumping up and down singing every word to every song! This show was as if Dierks was headlining all over again, and that was exciting that he got nearly an hour 1/2 to perform!! The teeny boppers and others around us would look at me from time to time because I was having the best time of my life that night! After 10pm, it was still hot and Dierks didn't even act like it bothered him a bit! He had that energy like he always does - running back and forth on stage while singing, but man the sweat was just rolling off of him and I didn't even see him wipe it off a time!
He did sing all the hits except for MLN. I kind of wanted to hear DL&C, myself. I had made a few signs and even a big "DB Congress <3's>
Chris just came out of no where! I honestly didn't see where he came from because he wasn't around until after Dierks got there, but he took pics for us all. I had Dierks to sign my pic from January's m&g and I couldn't believe what he wrote! I was watching what he wrote and I about started to tear up right then and there because I was in such awe.
I didn't really get to meet any other DBC members. Kimmie Jo was there, and we texted before and and after the show, but it was so hot that she left early and it was packed by the time Dierks came on that she couldn't get right up there with us and a couple of others didn't make it for certain reasons. Wish y'all could've been there! It was one awesome night!
People who I socialize with outside the DB and Country music world probably think I'm crazy for how much passion I have for Dierks, Country music and everything else that relates to that, but the things Dierks says and does for all of us fans just amazes me. Time and time again, he unintentionally proves himself to me why he's still my favorite artist. He goes out of his way all of the time for us. I feel that by promoting him any way I can - requesting songs, buying albums/tickets/shirts, handing out cards, etc. - is a way of giving back to him for all the kind things he does and the friends I've made through him, but sometimes I feel the things I do aren't near enough. Saturday night made me fall in love with the DUDE even more(I don't know how that's even possible), and I thank him over and over for the wonderful memories over the years. (Ok, I better stop because my eyes are getting watery again!)
Thanks Dierks, TLB, & Crew from the bottom of my heart! MYSELF & THE DBC LOVE YOU!
-Amanda Morris (Mississippi Rep./DBC Secretary)
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Later in the same issue, Dierks gives us some words to live by:
And, Dierks is pictured at the top of the Charts page--credited for co-writing his latest Top 10 hit--Sideways. Help make it a #1! Call your DJ or click on Yes.com!
Let's make sure we tell CW how appreciative we are for all the Dierks love! Send them an email today at email@example.com.
Saturday, June 20, 2009
But according to the rolling spin charts at Mediabase 24/7, the Zac Brown Band's "Whatever it Is" has overtaken Dierks and "Sideways" AGAIN, so Congress, we have our work cut out for us in the next couple of weeks!
I've noticed on Yes.com that there are quite a few stations out there that have "Sideways" lower than the Top 3 on their playlists -- so there is plenty of room for improvement! If you haven't checked out Yes.com, you definitely should! It's a great way to give feedback to the radio stations about the music they're playing... and to interact with other Congress members and Dierks fans as well!
So let's get our Act of Congress going and get Dierks and "Sideways" up to #1 where they should be! Call, text, or email your local radio stations! Tell those DJs not to play nothin' slow! Let's kick off the Summer a little bit "Sideways!"
I'll be back on Thursday with the next chart update, but feel free to check out the "Sideways" thread on Dierks.com for more information on how the songs are faring!
"Well those plans quickly changed," writes Steph in her Myspace blog, "when I get a text from Tracie (DBC Rep from Michigan) telling me to check Dierks’ twitter…right now! So we pull it up and bam, there she is in all her glory standing next to Dierks at some bar watching the hockey game. Nice!"
http://twitpic.com/70nof - is hanging out with db congress member tracie...we are watching the stanley cup!9:02 PM Jun 9th from TwitPic
"Tayla really did want to watch the rest of the game," Steph continues, "so we headed down to Sam’s and figured hey, if we get to see Dierks too, cool beans! The bar was fairly tiny and we never expected him to be sitting at the front table when we walked through the door. He saw us trying to walk around him and just stuck his arm out and gave us all hugs and kisses on the cheek.
He asked how we found him and said we saw Tracie on his Twitter. This launched his hilarious “I thought Twitter was just about John Mayer talking about eating weird goat cheese” comment as to why he never used it before.
Once the game was over, we all stood around for a bit talking and hanging out. Tracie decided we needed another picture together so we get ready when everyone starts laughing. Out of the corner of my eye I see Dierks has joined in on the fun…hehe. Definitely made for one of my favorite pictures ever!"
"He was super cool...super nice and seriously, the one guy he was with was HOT!" says Tracie. "He just snuck up from behind and got in the pic with us. He had been sitting behind us while the game was on and we were being loud. He can be sneaky around me ANYTIME! Wup!"
The Twitter phenomenon is the next big techie thing! Follow Dierks at http://twitter.com/DierksBentley.
Charlie and Leah celebrated Father's Day early, when they traveled to Boston and Hartford last weekend to see Dierks in concert--just dad and daughter. DBC rep, Charlie, from MA, came up with his user name from a coffee blend named after his late wife and himself. "Mochamurph" was a coffee, Monique and Charlie Murphy blend.
Leah named herself 'Phantomleah,' derived from her love of Phantom Stallion books. The junior in high school loves horses, and is studying small animal sciences. At Leah's first concert she met Dierks on Dec 7, 2007; ironically, she lost her mom, Monique, exactly one year later to breast cancer. "She was one of Leah's biggest fans, and was very proud of Leah and her choices in country music," Charlie remembers fondly.
"During the MA/CT weekend, Leah got to hold Jimmy Wayne's hand during a song and met him afterwards, a SMALL second prize (vs. getting a M&G with Dierks), " Leah tells her dad. "Friday's concert in MA was great, but we think Saturday's in CT was much better.
Our seats were really close and Leah met a few gals from the DB Congress--Heidi from Norway and Jen (Shelly). I'm taking some of my adult friends to the Mohegan Sun CT casino to see the show again October 23rd. Maybe I'll get to meet him then. "
Leah's favorite song is Settle For a Slowdown and Charlie's is Long Trip Alone. They both love Sideways, and their daddy-daughter song is Beautiful World.
Kentucky dad and daughter team--David and Malorie--recently shared a DRT (Dierks Road Trip) to LCB, Dierks' annual fan club party in Nashville.
As the day went on the line went out into the parking lot and around the building. Great to talk to so many Congress members as they arrived. When the doors finally opened we found ourselves at a table with Holly and Janet. As Dierks came on we worked our way towards the stage. Malorie got busy giving concert calls to her friends. Dierks' set was awesome and we loved every minute of it.
When it was our turn for the M&G we wanted a pic of Dierks, Malorie, and myself. As he greeted us he told Malorie that he remembered meeting her at the Indy show two years ago. Malorie told Dierks that her friends don't believe her when she tells them that she knows Dierks...he got a chuckle out of that! She talked to him about FTF and told him that we would see him in Cincy on 6/19. We got our pic taken and headed out to get our LCB shirts.
But the highlight of my night came in the first 30 minutes we were on the road. Malorie fell asleep not long after we got out of Nashville! But she told me that was the "best" concert she had ever been to. That she loved being able to walk around and do whatever she wanted to. To talk to anyone she wanted to and to get a free soda whenever she wanted! And on top of all that to be able to talk to Dierks for a few minutes!
And it was comforting for me to know that while she was walking around the concert she was with "friends." To me, that means everything! As a single father raising two teen-aged daughters it's nice to know that everything is ok when she is around other DB Congress members. Thanks to anyone and everyone who talked to Malorie on the night of her "best concert ever"......especially Dierks!"
Just ten days after Last Call Ball, David and Malorie ventured out on another DRT to Cinncinnati on Friday, June 19. Dierks says 'hi,' and Jimmy Wayne, Brad Paisely, and Dierks perform "Alcohol" together.
Country Weekly's June 22 tribute to Father's Day features "Lessons From Dad," revealing things country stars learned from their dad's that helped them become the people they are today.
My dad fought in World War II, he grew up during the Depression and his whole life has revolved around his family. He wa a great dad. Putting family first is what I learned from him.
This year, Dierks is a first time daddy to daughter Evie, now nearly nine months old.