Dierks Bentley serves as “a rarity” in Country music as he “sells out enormous tours and earns critical acclaim without compromising his artistic vision” (Entertainment Weekly), which is apparent as he commands the No. One spot for a second consecutive week on both the Billboard Country Airplay and Mediabase radio charts with his 14th career chart-topper “Somewhere On A Beach.” The GOLD lead single from his forthcoming studio album BLACK , out May 27th, served as a standout this past weekend as Bentley’s Somewhere on a Beach Tour hosted more than 40,000 fans for its opening run.
“This weekend was the pinnacle of everything we’ve been working on for basically the entire past year,” said Bentley. “We’ve been hunkered down in the studio all winter finishing the record and moved straight into the rehearsal space to build the tour. It all came together this weekend to some of the loudest crowds I’ve ever heard…they definitely set the bar height, but I have a feeling it’s only going to get rowdier from here!”
Leading into Black’s release, Bentley “started the season off right” (The Times) launching the summer concert season with his biggest hits and new music from the forthcoming album, which continues to catch the attention of critics.
“An eighth studio album that takes a deep, dark dive into relationships, from the initial glow to the messy, shadowy parts.” – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
“Bentley, who nicely straddles the line between new and classic country, goes deep on ‘Black,’ exploring adult themes with a deft touch and artful hand. He has a rich, warm tenor voice with a dusty drawl, and applied here, it has suitable gravitas for the situation.” – Asbury Park Press
Bentley continues to give fans an exclusive first listen as the Black Listening Bus, powered by BEATS BY DR. DRE, will stay stationed at the next four upcoming dates in advance Black’s release. All Black Card Members have immediate access to the interactive bus as the 2016 Somewhere on a Beach Tour stops this week in Cleveland, OH (5/20), Chicago, IL (5/21) and Detroit, MI (5/22). For more information on the new album, upcoming appearances and tour dates, visit www.dierks.com.