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Bentley headlines Jager tour

Thursday, January 20, 2011 – Dierks Bentley is slated to headline the 2011 Jagermeister Country Tour starting March 17 in Connecticut. The 30-city tour runs through mid-May and will feature special guest Columbia Nashville singer Josh Thompson and new A&M/Octone duo Miss Willie Brown. Each concert will also feature a local Jagermeister sponsored country act.

Pre-sale tickets are available to fan club members through www.dierks.com, while the general public will be able to purchase tickets beginning Jan. 21 and Jan. 28 through Ticketmaster. The remaining cities will go on sale over the coming weeks.

"It's a good thing we've got a video crew on the road with us capturing everything that goes down," joked Bentley. "Putting my band, Josh Thompson, the Miss Willie Brown girls and a few thousand fans in a Jagermeister sponsored room with loud country music sounds like a pretty solid recipe for a great night."

Tour dates are:
March 17 Wallingford, CT *
March 18 Sayreville, NJ **
March 19 Atlantic City, NJ **
March 20 Pittsburgh PA **
March 24 Lewiston, ME **
March 25 Poughkeepsie, NY
March 26 Reading, PA **
March 27 Westbury, NY **
April 1 Los Angeles, CA **
April 2 Las Vegas, NV **
April 6 Houston, TX **
April 7 Mescalero, NM **
April 13 Asheville, NC
April 14 North Myrtle Beach, SC **
April 15 Melbourne, FL
April 16 Boca Raton, FL
April 21 Mankato, MN
April 22 Sioux Falls, SD
April 23 Clear Lake, IA
April 27 Salina, KS
April 28 Bloomington, IL
April 29 Saint Charles, MO
May 5 Akron, OH
May 6 Detroit, MI
May 7 Indianapolis, IN
May 11 Augusta, GA
May 12 Charleston, SC
May 13 Norfolk, VA

* Tickets on sale Jan. 21

** Tickets on sale Jan. 28

Bentley is currently in Nashville working on material for his next album. Fans can expect the first single this spring and will be able to get glimpses of the recording process along the way through www.dierks.com. The new album will follow in the footsteps of Bentley's bluegrass-based "Up on the Ridge," which recently received three Grammy nominations

Thompson debuted last year with "Way Out Here." Thompson wrote or co-wrote all 10 tracks on the album including his current single, Won't Be Lonely Long, which follows previous hits "Way Out Here and Beer On The Table.

A&M/Octone's first country release is the female duo Miss Willie Brown, comprised of Amanda Watkins from West Virginia and Texas native Kasey Buckley. The two girls met in California waiting tables, instantly bonded over a deep love of country music and have been writing and singing together ever since. Now living in Nashville, the duo is recording their debut album with award winning producer Keith Stegall (Zac Brown Band, Alan Jackson) and will release the lead single in the coming months. Miss Willie Brown was the only unsigned band to ever perform on Jimmy Kimmel Live.

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Black CD review - Black
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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 »»»
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