Interview And Performance: Dierks Bentley
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March 12, 2016 - Country music star Dierks Bentley’s life turned on a Tuesday night in 1994, when he and his Vanderbilt University student I.D. card walked into the Station Inn on Nashville’s 12th Avenue South and heard street-level virtuosos Terry Eldredge, Ronnie McCoury, Mike Bub and others playing music with a vibrancy and immediacy the likes of which he’d never heard before. Soon after, Bentley was standing on Nashville barroom stages, singing and playing and honing a craft that would lead him to #1 hits including “What Was I Thinkin’,” “Free and Easy (Down the Road I Go),” “Feel That Fire” and “Settle for a Slowdown.” A genial non-conformist whose music ranges from dew-fresh bluegrass to blustery rock, Bentley’s top-charting albums include Modern Day Drifter, Long Trip Alone, Feel That Fire, Home, and Riser. In 2016, Capitol Nashville will release his latest album, Black. This program included photos and video and audio samples of Bentley’s work.
The interview and performance was offered in support of the exhibit Dierks Bentley: Every Mile a Memory, presented by Citi.