Monday, January 21, 2013

Dierks Bentley Gives Away His Guitar in Knoxville

The "Locked and Reloaded" tour is off to a great start, with stops in Columbia, SC, Knoxville, TN and Roanoke, VA this past weekend.  Dierks Bentley always finds a way to take it up a notch, but this time he went way over the top, to give a loyal fan a "rock-star" experience.

One of our hard-core, die hard DB Congress Reps, David Mattingly from Kentucky, who rarely attends a Dierks show without his DBC shirt on, got rewarded big time in Knoxville Friday night! Here's David's story:

"I'll try to be brief in describing what was one of the three best moments of my life (and I have two daughters)!
Last night I went to a Dierks/Miranda concert in Knoxville,TN. About midway through Dierks' set he came to my side of the stage. I went to give him knuckles (as I usually do) and he looked at me and said, "no Dave, come here." He pulled me up on the stage and proceeded to take his guitar off and strap it around my neck! I've never played a guitar in my life. Needless to say I'm left handed and he strapped a right handed guitar on me - total awkward feeling. 

So I just took off running around the stage, like he does, while attempting to strum his guitar.  I recall going over to Cassady Feasby (bass player) and saying to him, "man I really suck at this!" But for about two minutes of my life I felt kinda like a real Rockstar!  What an amazing feeling to stand on that stage with the attention of thousands of people. I took his guitar off and handed it back to him. But I just showed him the pic and then stuck it in my pocket! The crowd got a kick out of that.

I jumped back down to my spot and honestly, things were kinda fuzzy after that. Took me a while to catch my breath and somewhat absorb what just happened. They played several more songs before the show came to an end. I loved the new stage (except D is gonna get hurt on those steps) and the video screen really enhanced some songs. UOTR was magical. The set list was changed up somewhat as well. Thinkin' was not last and I liked that. Lighting was awesome, lots of new features! He played one new song and I thought it was great. So they played their last song and all stood for a bow at the front of the stage. So the night was over, another great Dierks show, right..........NOT.

After the bow, Jay carried out a guitar and handed it to Dierks. I thought, yay, another song! Nope. Dierks took the guitar, pulled out a sharpie, came over right in front of me and signed the guitar. He then handed it to me and said "here David, this is for you". 

Blew me away!"

Photos by Emily Morgan, DBC Rep, TN; David holds the guitar while
Dierks tries to give lessons on stage in the middle of his live show!

Congratulations, David! Wow--what a story!  Dierks never ceases to amaze us and we couldn't be happier it was one of our loyal DBC reps!

Next weekend, Dierks and Miranda will be heading to the Northeast with stops in Baltimore, MD, Reading, PA, and Atlantic City, NJ. Check out all the tour dates at!


  1. Wow! David that was an amazing experience and gift.I am so happy for you!

  2. David, it could not have happened to a nicer guy! It so deserve it. Great story for all of us fans to read. Thanks so much for letting us all know. Take care, Becky

  3. My buddy David, what an experience for you and all the fans. Like Becky said, it couldn't happen to nicer guy. Love and hugs to you,

  4. this makes me smile. i agree with Becky that it couldn't have happened to a nicer guy or more dedicated fan!

  5. Thanks everybody for the kind words! We like to say that "we work for free".....but rewards like that are simply priceless! No doubt, a memory I will never forget!

  6. Same thing happened to me on Saturday. It is literally the best thing that has ever happened to me.