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Dierks Bentley at DTE, 5 Things to Know

By Gary Graff
ggraff@medianewsgroup.com, @GraffonMusic on Twitte

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Calling his latest road trip the Burning Man Tour is certainly appropriate for a hot prospect like Dierks Bentley.

The Arizona native has notched 16 No. 1 songs on Billboard's Country charts during the past 16 years, with seven of his albums debuting at No. 1. Bentley, 43, has notched 14 Grammy Award nominations and three Country Music Association Awards. He also co-hosted the Academy of Country Music Awards for two years and received the organization's Merle Haggard Spirit Award last year.

The Burning Man Tour is his second in support of his 2018 release "The Mountain," a set inspired by Colorado -- where Bentley injured his left hand in a biking accident last week...

• A year after "The Mountain's" release, Bentley feels as if not more positive about the album as when it was released. "I just have a lot of appreciate and gratitude for how it went down -- finding this idea of the West and the mountains and taking that little idea and running with it. It's like a song -- you plant the seed in the soil and be gentle with it and don't tell too many people about it so they can't stomp on it or tell you how stupid it is. It germinated and became something really special, a really great album that means a lot to me."

• A third single from "The Mountain," "Living," is currently climbing the charts. "'Living' comes from being on the road," Bentley explains. "Y'know, you do these shows and your fans are out in the parking lot drinking beers, playing all these games you only play in a parking lot at a concert -- living. And me and the guys in the band are sitting on the bus playing video games. We're not living. We're barely alive. One of the guys went to Walgreen’s and it was like, 'Whoa! You went to Walgreen’s? Wow, you did some living today!' It became a joke, how little you actually do on the road. For a long time in my life I was OK with that. I was single, so being hung over all day long was acceptable. Now I can't life that way. Life is short and I want to make sure I'm living. That was the idea for the song, the difference between being alive and actually living."

• Bentley says he's practicing what he preaches, or at least sings about, too. "We do a lot of stuff during the days now. We get out, go to a climbing gym, exercise. When I get out here in Colorado I feel like I'm really living. It doesn't get dark 'til 9:30 so I'm outside the whole time, a lot of adventures, sometimes mishaps. So the song was a good message to remind myself, and hopefully some of my fans, too."

• Bentley's hand is in a cast after falling off his bike, but he's not letting it slow him down. "I actually feel like I'm a pretty good bike rider, but in Colorado things are a little steeper, a little more extreme. Knowing I have the band I have allows me to do more adventurous stuff; As long as I can sing the show will go on. I'm totally fine. And I drink beer with my right hand, so it's not that big a hindrance, luckily."

• Bentley says he's started the process of moving towards his next album, though he's not sure what it will be yet. "I've started to push down that path. I'm not ready to move of ('The Mountain'), but I've started to write a few things, listen to a few songs people are sending me. I'm ready to start making some new music and excited about the next phase, but I don't know what that's going to be."

Dierks Bentley, with Jon Pardi, Tenille Townes and Hot Country Kings perform at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 29, at the DTE Energy Music Theatre, Sashabaw Road east of I-75, Independence Township. $35 and up. 313-471-7000 or 313Presents.com.

Web Site: www.313Presents.com

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