Monday, April 7, 2008
– Dierks Bentley will continue his heavy road schedule with dates in Canada, England, Ireland, Norway, France and Japan before the summer is over. Bentley also will hit country festivals in the U.S. off next week with Country Thunder in Florence, Ariz, the Stagecoach Festival, in Indio, Cal. He will also join Radiohead, Nine Inch Nails, Kanye West and others as the only country artist tapped for Lollapalooza in Chicago before traveling to Sturgis, S.D. for Sturgis Bike Week.
"We played Bonnaroo last year, and honestly, we didn't know if anyone would even show up to see our set," said Bentley. "But we were pleasantly surprised to have a huge crowd who were genuinely into the music. When the Lollapalooza offer came in, it seemed like another opportunity to go out as the underdog and try to win over some new fans."
Bentley also has plans to produce his own shows including a second run of his "DudeBrahBrew" festivals in Jackson, Wyo. and Missoula, Mont. with such artists as Robert Earl Keen, Reckless Kelly and Mickey and the Motorcars on the bill. Bentley will host his second annual Summer Chill concert at Denver's Red Rocks Amphitheatre with openers Rodney Atkins and Cross Canadian Ragweed to finish out the summer.
"It definitely feels like we are putting some serious miles on the bus this summer," said Bentley. "We are always looking for new places to play, and adding Europe and some of our own festival dates to the calendar puts us over the top for sure."
Bentley will release his first fan produced hits collection titled "Greatest Hits//Every Mile A Memory 2003 - 2008" on May 6 on Capitol Nashville.