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Bad weather cancels Bentley ride

Sunday, October 14, 2012 – The threat of bad weather put the kibosh on Dierks Bentley's annual Music & Miles for Kids motorcycle ride and concert on Sunday.

The year's event included a bike ride plus a concert with Sheryl Crow, Chris Young and Brantley Gilbert. All of the money goes to the Monroe Carrell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt.

" "We have to postpone Miles & Music today because of dangerous wind & storms moving into Nashville. It's the last thing we wanted to do but safety is the priority. HUGE thanks to all the fans, riders, sponsors & artists who always come out to support us & Vandy Childrens Hospital," Bentley wrote on his web site.

The ride was to start at the Harley Davidson dealership in Columbia. Bentley, instead converted the site into a concert venue with music, pictures and signed autographs.

"I just wanted to say hi and thanks to all these riders," said Bentley. "This is where it begins. These folks came out in spite of the weather to be here and be a part of this."

It was unclear if the event would be rescheduled.

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