It is amazing how much change a year brings. It was this time last year that Dierks Bentley announced the birth of his daughter, Evalyn Day, just hours prior to his Miles & Music for Kids concert in Nashville. The charity event was in its third year, with singers like Charles Kelley of Lady Antebellum, Jamey Johnson, and Tim McGraw singing for the 1500 bikers in attendance. That year, the concert raised money for Vanderbilt's Children's Hospital (coincidentally, the same hospital where Bentley's wife had given birth to their daughter).
Now little Evalyn is almost 1-year-old and Bentley's Miles & Music for Kids is in its fourth year. Artists like Wynonna, Michelle Branch, Eric Church, and Heidi Newfield will perform this year at the Nashville riverfront area on October 11. It has expanded to become a massive star-studded tailgate party before the evening's anticipated game between the Tennessee Titans and the Indianapolis Colts.
The charity event is spreading outside of Nashville as well. Bentley has joined forces with Nationwide Insurance, CMT ONE COUNTRY and the Children's Miracle Network to expand the Miles & Music for Kids event to six cities across the country in 2009 and 2010. Each concert will support the Children's Miracle Network hospitals in those areas.
Let's hope to see a motorcycle caravan between each of these concerts.