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Dierks Bentley gives a handout

Thursday, April 19, 2007 – Dierks Bentley helped The Today Show's Al Roker surprise music students with donated instruments this morning at Nashville's W.O. Smith school before performing his next single with a choir of 20 high school students, who have been studying Bentley as part of their country music curriculum.

"This was an opportunity I couldn't pass up," said Bentley this morning. "Music lessons are such a great outlet for kids to be creative, and it helps keep them on the right track. With all of the crazy things happening in the news this week, it just feels good to be part of something so positive."

Roker started the morning by arriving at the school with trucks full of instruments, including a grand piano, guitars, banjos and mandolins, as well as school supplies and apparel as part of the show's second annual "Lend A Hand" program. Bentley closed the show with a choir of 20 W.O. Smith students in a performance of his newest single "Free and Easy Down The Road I Go."


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