Saturday, January 30, 2010


Dierks Bentley and Booker T. Jones performed Neil Young's, "Cinnamon Girl"
during the 2010 MusiCares Person Of The Year Tribute last night in Los Angeles. Young was honored for his decades of philanthropic service, including work with Farm Aid and the Bridge School Concerts, which raise money to provide services for kids with severe speech and physical impairments.

Dierks' Red Carpet arrival (photo from

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Not everyone loved the performance. Apparently, was not impressed: "Backed by frequent Young sideman Booker T. and his instantly identifiable organ, Bentley and his gruff pipes transform this immortal tune into twangy country-rock -- and lose a bit of the song's edge in the process."

Here is the original Neil Young recorded version of the song:

Musician Dierks Bentley performs onstage at the 2010 MusiCares Person Of The Year Tribute To Neil Young at the Los Angeles Convention Center on January 29, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photos by Kevin Winter/Getty Images North America):


  1. Dierks looks great! I love the suit and the shirt with the vest. I am sooo hoping he wins tomorrow night!! As for his singing, I love his "gruff pipes"!!

  2. My thoughts are that at a Tribute concert, you don't try and compete with the artist you are paying Tribute too. Also, at 64, Neil Young doesn't even sound like he does on the original recording to which Dierks is being measured against. In the music press (thats real press, not bloggers!) there are too many music snobs and thats it. I should know, I've met quite a few of them in my time.