Dierks Bentley is rising to new heights on his 2014 tour. With the success of his latest studio effort Riser, which debuted at #6 on the Billboard Top 200 and #1 on Billboard Top Country Albums. It also garnered Bentley a Grammy nomination for Best Country Album at the 57th Grammy Awards. Now, Dierks trekking across the country playing to packed arenas supporting the record. Last night at the Sands Event Center in Bethlehem, PA, the size of the venue may have gotten a bit smaller, but the show certainly did not.
Dierks took the stage with his old, beat-up Martin Guitar. The iconic Martin factory is nestled in a little neighborhood in Nazareth, PA, just 20 minutes away from the Sands Event Center. Earlier in the day, Dierks (as most Martin artists on tour do) made a stop at the factory to say hello and check things out. Dierks’ Signature Martin Guitar can be found HERE.
Bentley got the party started with “5-1-5-0” and never looked back. “I’ll tell you what, we’ve been playing a lot of big arenas on this tour,” Bentley stated. “But I love this place, it’s like playing a big club.” From there, Dierks proceeded to play a very balanced set. While he focused mostly on his last two records – Home (2012) and his latest Riser – Dierks played at least one track from every album in his catalog. He dropped hits like “Free and Easy (Down The Road I Go),” “Feel That Fire,” “Come a Little Closer,” “What Was I Thinkin’,” and many more.
Bentley closed out the evening with a three-song encore that featured his latest smash “Drunk on a Plane,” “Sideways” featuring a duet with his tourmate Eric Palsay, and the closing anthem “Home.” Dierks throws one hell of a party, and he’s definitely made a huge name for himself over the years and separated himself from the talented pack of today’s male country solo artists.
Dierks Bentley signed with Capitol Records back in 2003. Since then, he’s released seven studio albums that have produced 13 number one hit singles on the country charts. His self-titled debut LP and his sophomore effort Modern Day Drifter have both reached platinum status. Throughout his career, Bentley has been nominated for 11 Grammy Awards. In addition, he’s garnered two CMT Awards, two CMA Awards, and one ACM Award. – by Matt Bishop