Bentley preps Up on the Ridge Tour
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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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