Coming off of an electric year with capacity crowds in amphitheaters across the country, PLATINUM selling singer/songwriter Dierks Bentley announced his plans for the 2015 SOUNDS OF SUMMER TOUR
today. The 40 city run will kick off June 5 in Raleigh, NC and continue through the summer with friends Kip Moore, Maddie & Tae and Canaan Smith stacking the lineup. Fans can purchase tickets beginning Jan. 26 for first cities as part of tour promoter Live Nation’s Country Megaticket at www.Megaticket.com
with additional ticket info for each market coming available in the weeks ahead at www.dierks.com
"There have been tours in my career that I thought would be impossible to top, and the past 12 months certainly rank as some of the best and most fun nights of my life," said Bentley. "I expect 2015 to beat all of it. II've really loved having three other artists out there with us…just more fun on and off the stage and knowing that the fans are getting more music for their money is important to me. Kip, Maddie & Tae and Canaan are three of the hottest rising artists out there right now, and I feel fortunate to be spending the summer with them. If our first 'tour meeting' is any indication, they are up for anything, which is awesome. No one is going to have more fun this summer than us!"
Earlier this morning, Bentley invited his tourmates to a meeting in Nashville where they were challenged with plunging into the new year and new tour with him, and the challenge was accepted. Click here to watch PEOPLE's exclusive video: http://www.people.com/article/dierks-bentley-sounds-of-summer-tour-polar-plunge.
Last year’s RISER TOUR found Bentley commanding the attention of media across the country, with critics calling his performances “captivating” with a “new depth” (The Plain Dealer) and affirming “crowds from coast to coast now know Bentley’s strengths as a headliner” (Indianapolis Star). Night after night, Bentley “rose to the occasion like a pro, as though headlining is what the man was born to do” (Arizona Republic).
First Announced Cities on the 2015 SOUNDS OF SUMMER TOUR:
St. Louis, MO
New York, NY
West Palm Beach, FL
Virginia Beach, VA
Twin Lakes, WI*
Ft. Wayne, IN*
Sweet Home, OR*
Merritt, BC, CA*
Detroit Lakes, MN*
Prairie du Chien, WI*
San Diego, CA
Mt. View, CA
Corpus Christi, TX
*Openers may vary
Bentley's critically acclaimed and No. one selling album RISER has already produced back-to-back hits “I Hold On” and “Drunk On A Plane," making him one of only three country artists to earn two RIAA certified PLATINUM and No. one hits in 2014. Bentley has notched 12 chart-topping singles, over five million albums sold, countless CMA, ACM and CMT nominations and membership into the Grand Ole Opry. Bentley recently received his 12th GRAMMY nod with “Country Album Of The Year” for RISER at the upcoming 57th Annual Awards airing in Feb. 2015. The Phoenix native will kick off the year as part of CBS Radio’s “The Night Before” the Super Bowl special airing from his hometown on Jan. 31.
Since the release of MCA Nashville Kip Moore's debut album, UP ALL NIGHT, the singer-songwriter has earned multi-platinum sales and critical acclaim for his "high energy" (Rolling Stone) live show. Recently named American Country Countdown Award's "Breakthrough Artist Of The Year," Moore launched his own headlining tour last fall with multiple sold-out dates and recently earned PLATINUM certification for his No.One smash hit "Hey Pretty Girl," and DOUBLE PLATINUM status for his chart-topping breakout hit "Somethin' 'Bout A Truck."
The fastest rising female act in eight years, Maddie & Tae introduced their Dot Records' debut single “Girl In A Country Song” with a No. one at Country radio and GOLD certification. The two songstresses penned all four songs on their self-titled EP, which debuted at #1 on Billboard’s New Artist Heatseekers chart. Maddie & Tae have made national television appearances on the Late Show with David Letterman and TODAY.
Mercury Nashville singer/songwriter Canaan Smith was named a 2015 Artist To Watch by both The Huffington Post and Yahoo! Music. Smith’s current single “Love You Like That” has already sold an impressive 139,000+ tracks and continues to climb the country airplay charts reaching No. one on SiriusXM’s The Highway Hot 45 Countdown. Currently, Smith is in the studio finalizing his debut album expected to release later this year.