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Dierks Bentley (July 15, 2006)

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Show:8:00 PM
Doors:6:00 PM
General Admission Show
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Originally from Phoenix, Dierks (who was given a family name as a first name) grew up listening to George Strait and Hank Williams with his dad. He moved from listener to player when he picked up an electric guitar at 13.
When I first discovered the electric guitar it wasn't about playing the guitar and getting girls, it was just this instrument where you could go from a moment when you're feeling down,
then pick up the guitar and all of a sudden you transfer yourself to a different place. He started out playing the music his classmates listened to mostly rock. Then came the
moment in high school that changed his focus. A friend of mine gave me a cold beer and played me a song called 'Man to Man' by Hank Jr., he recalls. Everything inside just lined up and I knew exactly what I wanted to do. One night Dierks was playing at Market Street when Vince Gill and Amy Grant walked through the door. Vince had his mandolin with him and he sat down at the bar about five feet away from the stage. Dierks asked Vince if he would come up and sing a few songs and without hesitation, Vince nodded yes. I thought he would sing a song or two and sit
back down but he ended up picking with us for almost an hour and half. 'Truly unbelievable' is the only way I can describe it. I thought that if my music dreams never went any further, that would be alright because I got to share the stage (albeit a very small one!) with Vince Gill. I feel like I represent a side of Nashville that a lot of people outside of the city don't
know about. All the guys and girls that play downtown on Lower Broadway and have such a depth of knowledge of country music and play those bars night after night, for four hour shifts. All the bluegrassers that get together for pickin' parties, where everyone
brings an instrument and their favorite beverage, and stays up 'til dawn picking and singing. That's the Nashville I know and the Nashville I hope to bring attention to through my music.

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