So I took some liberties with the lyrics (Substituted Dierks Bentley for 'Daniel Boone').
Dierks Bentley was a man,
Yes, a big man!
With an eye like an eagle
And as tall as a mountain was he!
From the Stubbs BBQ cap on the top of ol' Dierks...."
What a Bentley! What a doer!
What a dream come-er-true-er was he!
The singin'est, laughin'est, happiest man
The frontier ever saw!
Dierks Bentley was a man!
Yes, a big man!
With a dream of a country that'd
Always forever be free!
The minute he hit the stage, Dierks had an 'eye like an eagle' as he scanned the fan faces, made eye contact and pointed to everyone from left to right, front of the stage to back of the stadium. One of my favorite moments of the night was when he sang Long Trip Alone, which is rarely part of the set list lately, reminding us of his patriotism and thankfulness for our armed forces.
Later, in his Stubbs (not coonskin) backwards cap, Dierks sheds the plaid to unveil buff guns under a black T--Dude's been working out!
"It was an amazing night as usual but a few things stand out," recalls Sandra, DB Congress rep from North Carolina who was nice enough to pick me up from the airport. "The country cuties with the rock-n-roll booties, singing How Am I Doin, into Dierks' mic, the recognition of DB pointing to our DBC white tanks when he sang, I can see you came to rock in your blue jeans and white tank top, but the kicker was the fact that he saw us outside in line, in the rain before the concert and came over and took pictures and signed autographs with us in the rain!"
Laurie and Tammi
"Boone turned out some beautiful but hot weather for the Outdoor Fireworks Festival. After waiting in the blistering sun, Tammi and I ran inside when the gates opened to get our bracelets so we could be down on the field. My boyfriend, Bobby, was kind enough to hold our “spot” right at the front of the stage, in front of the speaker while we raced back to the meet and greet."
"We were both so excited to have our first M&G of the year, even more so that we got to go together. I had Dierks sign a scrapbook Tammi made for me at Christmas that is filled of all of adventures from 2003 to present. When I walked up to Dierks he shook my hand and said “Nice to see you again.” I told him about the scrapbook and pointed back to Tammi. He said to her, “It has been a while, good to see you.” He also told me how it is nice to have a friend make something like that. I agreed; I am lucky to have her as my best friend. He told me he would be doing “Every Mile A Memory” second that night."
"Tammi had Dierks sign a picture of him singing to her (and she singing back) at the race in Charlotte. It was a great moment. He apologized for not remembering her name. She told him she didn’t expect him to but he said he should because she has been supporting him for a while now."
"When we were done, we left and headed back to our front row spot. Bobby was still there and everyone was so gracious as to let us back in. When John Carter came on stage to introduce Dierks we found out just how loud it would be. We were blown away with the sound out of the speaker but when Dierks hit the stage, it was worth it. We even heard Sandra singing through that speaker (smile).
As always, Dierks never disappoints. He is so full of energy and really lets it show that he loves what he does. I always love to look around at the people watching him. You can tell the true Dierks fans, as we are singing every line; all others are just staring at us like we are crazy! He gave a shoutout to his wolf pack…cool! We are proud to be supporters of Dierks and a part of his great fan club. We love everyone we have met and look forward to seeing everyone again soon! Oh, and the fall tour was mentioned--let’s hope dates are released soon!"
|Bobby, Laurie, Tammi: "The price of being up front, losing your hearing....but so worth it."|
"Hi everybody, this is Angie! What started out as one of the craziest road trips ever getting to Boone turned into one of the Greatest Dierks Road Trips EVER! Keshia and I started out our day with somebody running late--we wont mention who that was--got to her house around 10, and a road trip that should have taken us about 2 1/2 hrs took more like 5. From wild animals in the road, wrecks and some places that looked like it should have been a horror film, we finally made it up the curvy mountain roads and into Boone."
"We checked into our hotel and met Ronna and Sandra in line who told us we had just missed Dierks coming out saying hello to everybody. I thought 'oh no another bit of bad luck after our road trip' so Keshia and I were even more determined than ever to catch him after the show. Soon Carrie and her husband joined us as well as Tammi and Laurie. Misty didnt get there unti later so we ended up meeting up with her after the show."
"When the gates opened we all took off like we were running a marathon to get our green armbands to get on the field. We all ended up right in front of the catwalk! The show was awesome! I wish it could have went on all night!"
"As soon as the show was over we all headed to the bus in hopes of getting to see Dierks before he got on the bus. There was a crazy crowd by his bus so we stood between the two buses waiting. After a short time, Tim Sergent (banjo, steel guitar) came out, saw us and came over to talk. It was great seeing him--it had been a while since we had a chance to talk to him. Chris (tour manager) came by and gave us a hug and told us Dierks would be out later. All the DB Congress hung out and talked to Tim and all had pics taken with him."
"Dierks came out a bit later and after the wild crowd in the line, he gave all us a hug and we got a Congress pic taken with him. He then got on the bus it was still kinda crazy out there. Not long after that, Keshia says 'Angie, there's Cassady! (bass player), who I had been wanting to meet. We talked to him and got pics, then talked to Brian (lead guitar, mandolin) and everybody got pics with him. I somehow didn't, so next time definitely have to get one! Then Chris, Brittany (tour assistant) and the crew came out and we got pics with them and got to talk to everybody. The only person we missed was Dan who we will hopefully catch next time! Thanks Dierks, the band and the crew for making the night one of the best ever! I can't wait until we all get together again!"
|Angie and Cassady|
|Angie, Sandra, Dierks, Keshia, Carrie, Ronna|
So there you have it, the last in the series of The Final Frontier - Dierks in Boone. Thanks for making it so, so special for the DB Congress, dudes!
DB Congress Chair