Let's start with the tour addition announced this morning.
Over the last four days, Dierks Bentley has been teasing something big happening this summer. It all started on Monday with this post:
This was followed by a teaser clip a day--including a clip of Dierks taking his signature "polar plunge" in a local stream to make sure "the spot" would be idyllic. Turns out it was.
This Labor Day weekend, Dierks will be hosting his very own festival--the Seven Peaks Music Festival in Buena Vista, Colo. “It’s a dream come true situation for me,” he said. Guest artists already announced include Miranda Lambert, Brothers Osborne, LANCO, Elle King, Del McCoury, Sam Bush and The Cadillac Three, with more acts to be announced in the coming weeks.
It's clear Dierks found enlightenment in Colorado when working on The Mountain album in Telluride last year. His experience at that time has inspired his upcoming album, tour name, clothing line, and now festival.
“I don’t plan on sleeping,” Bentley told Billboard when talking about Seven Peaks. “I plan on either being on stage or in the campground, high-fiving people, handing out free beers … Anything I’m involved with, I’m involved for a reason. It’s not work. When people look back on this festival the first year, [I want them to say], ‘Gosh, he was everywhere! No one was having more fun at the festival than Dierks was.’”
Tickets for the festival, camping and parking go on sale April 20 at 10 a.m. MT.
In other Dierks news, he recently played three new songs off the upcoming album at a recent event (which we can add to the seven we knew about).
On March 26, Dierks headlined a fundraiser at the City Winery, a 110-person venue in Nashville. Proceeds from the event benefitted WMOT Roots Radio 89.5, a listener-supported National Public Radio station in Murfreesboro, Tenn.
The set list included everything from Dierks' first single, "What Was I Thinkin'," to his most recent, "Woman, Amen," and a few we've all come to love in between.
But there were three on this list that were not familiar to the DB Congress reps in the audience. Thankfully, they had their cameras ready to go. Here's "Can't Bring Me Down," duet "Traveling Light" and "Stranger to Myself." (Dierks also mentioned, but didn't sing, a new song entitled "Son of the Sun" during this set!)
As we all eagerly watch our countdown calendars to the tour launch in May and album release in June, these song teasers and festival announcements are an unexpected, treasured gift. Now ... to get some Dierks Road Trips scheduled ...
DB Congress Rep, WA