05/21/2010

Dierks Bentley Will Wrap Sold Out Up On The Ridge Tour With Final Show At The Historic Ryman Auditorium This Saturday

Country music maverick Dierks Bentley’s UP ON THE RIDGE tour wraps this Sat. with a sold out crowd at the Historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN. The concert will feature special guests including the Punch Brothers and Del McCoury and will be filmed for an upcoming television special. Bentley hit 24 cities in the last 30 days, selling out across the country as he previewed music from his bluegrass-influenced UP ON THE RIDGE disc out June 8. Each night Bentley was flanked on stage by the scorching acoustic musicianship of his backing band the Travelin’ McCourys, while Lost Highway’s Hayes Carll opened the show. “I never want this tour to end...so many amazing nights,” says Bentley. “I’m not sure what memory I will hold closest...playing that first night in Portland, seeing New York City going absolutely nuts over bluegrass music or getting to play at the Ryman this weekend with some of my best friends and biggest musical influences. It has been a once-in-a-career type of tour!” Bentley’s upcoming release already has critics buzzing. USA TODAY picked it as the stand-alone country album in their “Top 12 Albums of Summer” preview, while The Washington Post calls the artistically daring project, “one of the more remarkable major-label country albums.” Much more than just a bluegrass concept album, the new disc features Bentley working with some of the finest acoustic musicians in the world. The disc also features a number of vocal and instrumental contributions ranging from Alison Krauss and Miranda Lambert to Tim O’Brien and Sam Bush. Working with an award-winning singer/songwriter/producer Jon Randall Stewart and world-class recording engineer Gary Paczosa, Bentley has crafted an album with rooted familiarity as well as big surprises.