How appropriate for our president of the Dierks Bentley Congress (Dierks), to open the "Country Music: In Performance at the White House" show with his newest single, "Home." The PBS music special aired last night from the East Room of the White House, hosted by President and Mrs. Obama.
What an honor for Dierks to represent country music in our nation's home, along with eight other artists who performed: Lauren Alaina, who did a duet with Dierks (see video below), The Band Perry, Alison Krauss, Kris Kristofferson, Lyle Lovett, Mickey, Darius Rucker and James Taylor.
"Standing in the East Room of The White House last night rehearsing ‘Home’ was a surreal feeling,” Dierks said. “No matter who you vote for or what you believe, it is one of the greatest symbols of our country. It is our nation’s ‘Home.’ I’m honored to have been asked to perform there, and tonight when I sing this song, I will definitely be thinking about all of the men and women in the military.”
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From The Washington Post:
Dierks Bentley on being excited to be here:
"On my phone... I keep going to down to my Google maps, trying to get my blue dot to go on the White House. Hey! It worked! ... I guess ‘cause we’re outside... [Let me] take a screen saver shot of that blue dot.”Bentley on why we should support our returning veterans:
“Now is the time that these guys are coming back, you know, with health problems and obviously they’re trying to put their families back together. And the economy’s crap. Now is the time to really show your patriotism, your support, and do something... It’s more than just a yellow ribbon... How do we incorporate these folks back into our society, into our economy, so they can have productive lives?”In case you missed the show, here are a few videos for you.
1-Behind the scenes, with DB interviewing the other artists. Check out the "hugs" at the end!
2-President Obama's opening remarks
3-Dierks performs "Home," and dedicates it to the guys and girls in the military who are coming "home." (Thanks to Janet, NJ rep)
4-Lauren Alaina performing the Willie Nelson classic, "You Are Always On My Mind," duet with Dierks.
The show ended with Kris Kristofferson singing "Bobby Magee" and all the artists joined him on stage and sang a line or two. Then, as the credits rolled, President and Mrs. Obama thanked each performer by shaking hands and freely giving out hugs. Another great feat for the history books!