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Bentley preps Up on the Ridge Tour

Monday, March 15, 2010 – As a prelude to the release of his bluegrass and acoustic roots inspired new album by the same name, singer/songwriter Dierks Bentley will launch his Up on the Ridge Tour in Portland, Ore. on April 21.

Bentley will play 24 shows in 30 days with tickets on sale this Friday, March 19. Each show will be include Bentley's backing band the Travelin' McCourys and Texas based singer/songwriter Hayes Carll in the opening slot.

The tour will hit venues ranging from small rock clubs to major bluegrass festivals across the country as Bentley previews new music from the upcoming album, due this summer, and reworks his biggest hits with new arrangements for the run.

On the disc, Bentley will work with the Del McCoury Band and Chris Thile and the Punch Brothers. The disc also features vocal and instrumental contributions ranging from Alison Krauss and Miranda Lambert to Tim O'Brien and Sam Bush.

"The only way I know to explain what this new album is to all the fans is to just get out on the road and play it for them," he said. "I've been rehearsing and working on set lists already... every show is going to be different and really special. There aren't any better acoustic musicians in the world than the Travelin' McCourys, period. And I've been a big fan of Hayes for a long time. It'll be a total blast...I'm already plotting and planning on how to fit more dates into the schedule."

With Ron McCoury on mandolin, Rob McCoury on banjo, Jason Carter on fiddle and Alan Bartram on bass, the Travelin' McCourys are the latest incarnation of the most awarded band in the history of bluegrass -The Del McCoury Band.

After a debut indie release and an acclaimed self-released sophomore album, singer/songwriter Hayes Carll released "Trouble in Mind" on Lost Highway in April 2008.

Tour dates are:
April 21 Portland, OR Wonder Ballroom
April 22 Boulder, CO Boulder Theater
April 23 Colorado Springs, CO Arnold Hall Ballroom
April 24 Austin, TX The Parish
April 28 Athens, GA 40 Watt Club
April 29 Greenville, SC Blind Horse Saloon
April 30 Wilkesboro, NC Merlefest
May 2 Knoxville, TN Bijou Theatre
May 3 Charlottesville, VA Jefferson Theatre
May 4 Athens, OH Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Mem Auditorium
May 5 New York, NY Highline Ballroom
May 6 Foxborough, MA Showcase Live!
May 7 Portsmouth, NH The Music Hall
May 8 South Burlington, VT Higher Ground Ballroom
May 9 Northampton, MA Calvin Theatre & Performing Arts Center
May 11 Portland, ME Port City Music Hall
May 12 Philadelphia, PA Theatre of the Living Arts
May 13 Pittsburgh, PA Mr. Smalls Theatre
May 17 State College, PA State Theatre
May 18 Richmond, VA The National
May 19 Baltimore, MD Rams Head Live
May 20 Washington, DC 6th & I Historic Synagogue (on sale March 26)
May 21 Charlotte, NC Coyote Joe's
May 22 Nashville, TN Ryman Auditorium (on sale April 2)

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Black CD review - Black
Dierks Bentley seems intent on expanding his musical boundaries, but he may have overreached too much in eschewing where he came from. That most evident by the dominating textured beats. Producer Ross Copperman and Bentley seem hell bent on injecting odd meters and sounds, sharp detours from past efforts. Unfortunately, the atmospheric beats muddy up the vocal delivery on "Freedom," a song that stretches far too long at almost four minutes. Bentley also channels U2 with its »»»
Riser CD review - Riser
Change was in store for Dierks Bentley when it came to recording his seventh album, "Riser." On the personal front, he lost his father and added to his family, clearly affecting the subject matter of his latest. On the musical front, he traded long-time producer Brett Beavers, producer of every disc except "Up on the Ridge," for Ross Copperman, who has enjoyed more success as a writer, including several previous tracks for Bentley. Bentley embraces current trends in country »»»
Up on the Ridge CD review - Up on the Ridge
Dierks Bentley takes a left, turn, sort of, on his fifth studio disc. Bentley has built a solid reputation as a country artist with a slew of hits and catchy songs with edge. But here, Bentley goes bluegrass or at least 12 songs steeped in that sound. This is nothing new for Bentley, who previously has recorded bluegrass songs. Much to his credit, Bentley does not come off as a dilettante, but, instead, someone who feels comfortable with the music from the lead-off title track to the closing sad »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: The Lil Smokies provide the perfect antidote – On a night when the world to be falling further apart thanks to coronavirus (this would be the night the NBA postponed the season), there stood The Lil Smokies to at least in some small measure save the day. The quintet is part of a generation of musicians with bluegrass as the basis, but not totally the sum of the music either.... »»»
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