Current four-time CMA nominee Dierks Bentley embarked on the first of two sold-out nights at Red Rocks Amphitheatre tonight playing off the landmark’s three iconic walls, boldly opening with his bluegrass-inspired “Up On The Ridge.” As family, friends and long-time supporters lined side-stage, Bentley wove seamlessly between his biggest party anthems like “What Was I Thinkin,’” “Drunk On A Plane” and “Somewhere On A Beach” and his weightier hits including “Riser,” “I Hold On” and “Different For Girls.”
“We’re all trying to hold it together here,” Bentley told the crowd. “This is my fifth time playing Red Rocks, but it gets more crazy and crazy every time. It’s not every night you get to play here, so I texted a friend to see if she could be part of tonight. She’s got one of the best voices in Country music and came all the way from Boston to be here tonight…Maren Morris y’all!”
Mid-way through the epic night, Bentley invited surprise guest Maren Morris to the stage for their haunting duet “I’ll Be The Moon” off his critically-acclaimed No. one album BLACK. The two harmonized on Morris’ “My Church” before Randy Houser joined to swap vices on “Bad Angel.” As the night rolled through Bentley’s jam-packed set and the capacity crowd sang back to hit after hit, fans ultimately demanded an extended set causing Bentley to break curfew.
“I’ve been waiting so long for this show and trying to think of ways to surprise you,” Bentley continued from stage. “I’ve told you about my friends and family who are here tonight, but I’m here for you fans.”
Known for “traveling his own path…Country music’s most relatable star” (Esquire) shows his depth and diversity as an artist with four CMA nominations in the Male Vocalist of the Year, Album of The Year, Vocal Event of the Year and Video of the Year categories. Bentley will bring the “foot-stomping, fist-pumping good time” (Arizona Republic) of his 2016 SOMEWHERE ON A BEACH TOUR to Denver again tomorrow (9/27) before stops in the Midwest next week on the newly extended leg of the tour. For more information and a full list of tour dates, visit www.dierks.com.