Sunday, February 1, 2015

Dierks Bentley Nominated for Lucky 7 Academy of Country Music Awards!

On the heels of five CMA Awards nominations in November, comes Dierks Bentley's lucky number seven nods for the Academy of Country Music Awards, airing it's 50th anniversary show live April 19, 2015 at 8 pm eastern on CBS from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

Once again, he leads the male nominees with 7, only surpassed by female gal-pal, Miranda Lambert with 8 nominations. Bentley was also the most-nominated male artist at the Country Music Association's Awards in November.
"I like the number seven. It's my hockey number. It's my lucky number. This is my seventh album. It's always been my number, and it wraps this whole album up really well to have seven nominations. It's like it was meant to be, but it sure was unexpected. I'm just thrilled for sure. I've just got great people who believe in me, sometimes more than I believe in myself and really go to the wall to get my songs heard."
Not to mention he grabbed a Grammy nomination for Best Country Album (Riser)--his 12th Grammy nod, winners to be shown on the February 8 CBS broadcast at 8 pm.

While the five CMA nods garnered Dierks a win for Video of the Year, Drunk On A Plane, it was awarded off-air.

With seven ACM nominations this year, do we dare get our hopes up that he gets at least one win, and can we go one step further and cross all our fingers that he gets to give a speech live, on the show?  This has got to be his year, right congress?

Here's who he's up against:

Jason Aldean
Dierks Bentley
Luke Bryan
Eric Church
Brad Paisley
Blake Shelton

ALBUM OF THE YEAR [Awarded to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company–Label(s)]
"Old Boots, New Dirt" – Jason Aldean
Producer: Michael Knox
Record Label: Broken Bow Records

"Pain Killer" – Little Big Town
Producer: Jay Joyce
Record Label: Capitol Records Nashville

"Platinum" – Miranda Lambert
Producers: Chuck Ainlay, Frank Liddell, Glenn Worf
Record Label: RCA Nashville

"Riser" – Dierks Bentley

Producers: Ross Copperman, Jaren Johnston
Record Label: Capitol Records Nashville

"The Outsiders" – Eric Church
Producer: Jay Joyce
Record Label: EMI Records Nashville

SINGLE RECORD OF THE YEAR [Awarded to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company–Label(s)]
"American Kids" – Kenny Chesney
Producers: Buddy Cannon, Kenny Chesney
Record Label: Blue Chair Records/Columbia Nashville

"Automatic" – Miranda Lambert
Producers: Chuck Ainlay, Frank Liddell, Glenn Worf
Record Label: RCA Nashville

"Dirt" – Florida Georgia Line
Producer: Joey Moi
Record Label: Republic Nashville

"Drunk On A Plane" – Dierks Bentley
Producer: Ross Copperman
Record Label: Capitol Records Nashville

"I Don't Dance" – Lee Brice
Producer: Lee Brice
Record Label: Curb Records

SONG OF THE YEAR [TIE] [Awarded to Songwriter(s)/Publisher(s)/Artist(s)]
(Dierks is nominated for both Artist and Songwriter)
"American Kids" – Kenny Chesney
Songwriters: Rodney Clawson, Luke Laird, Shane McAnally
Publishers: Big Red Toe Music (BMI), Creative Nation Music (BMI), Farm Town Songs (BMI), Smack Ink (ASCAP), Songs Of Universal, Inc. (BMI), Twangin And Slangin Songs (BMI), Universal Music Corporation (ASCAP)

"Automatic" – Miranda Lambert
Songwriters: Nicolle Galyon, Natalie Hemby, Miranda Lambert
Publishers: EMI Blackwood Music, Inc. (BMI), Pink Dog Publishing (BMI), Sony/ATV Tree Publishing (BMI), Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. (BMI), Wruckestrike (BMI)

"Drink A Beer" – Luke Bryan
Songwriters: Jim Beavers, Chris Stapleton
Publishers: House of Sea Gayle Music (ASCAP), Sony/ATV Tree Publishing (BMI), WB Music Corp. (ASCAP)

"Follow Your Arrow" – Kacey Musgraves
Songwriters: Brandy Clark, Shane McAnally, Kacey Musgraves
Publishers: 351 Music (BMI), Highway 508 Songs (ASCAP), House of Sea Gayle Music (ASCAP), Smack Ink (ASCAP), Universal Music Corporation (ASCAP), Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. (BMI)

"Give Me Back My Hometown" – Eric Church
Songwriters: Eric Church, Luke Laird
Publishers: Creative Nation Music (BMI), Longer And Louder Music (BMI), Songs Of Universal, Inc. (BMI), Sony/ATV Tree Publishing (BMI), Twangin And Slangin Songs (BMI)

"I Hold On" – Dierks Bentley
Songwriters: Dierks Bentley, Brett James
Publishers: Atlas Holdings (ASCAP), Big White Tracks (ASCAP), External Combustion Music (ASCAP), Songs of Brett (ASCAP), WB Music Corp. (ASCAP)

VIDEO OF THE YEAR [Awarded to Producer(s)/Director(s)/Artist(s)] *(Off Camera Award)
"American Kids" – Kenny Chesney
Director: Shaun Silva
Producer: Don Lepore

"Cop Car" – Keith Urban
Director: John Urbano
Producer: Michelle Abnet

"Drunk On A Plane" – Dierks Bentley
Director: Wes Edwards
Producer: Clarke Gallivan

"I'm Not Gonna Miss You" – Glen Campbell
Director: James Keach
Producer: Julian Raymond

"Somethin' Bad" – Miranda Lambert Duet With Carrie Underwood
Director: Trey Fanjoy
Producer: Trent Hardville

VOCAL EVENT OF THE YEAR [Awarded to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company–Label(s)]*(Off Camera Award)
"Lonely Tonight" – Blake Shelton Featuring Ashley Monroe
Producer: Scott Hendricks
Record Label: Warner Bros. Records

"Meanwhile Back At Mama's" – Tim McGraw Featuring Faith Hill
Producers: Byron Gallimore, Tim McGraw
Record Label: Big Machine Records

"Somethin' Bad" – Miranda Lambert Duet With Carrie Underwood
Producers: Chuck Ainlay, Frank Liddell, Glenn Worf
Record Label: RCA Nashville

"The South" – The Cadillac Three Featuring Florida Georgia Line, Dierks Bentley & Mike Eli
Producers: Dann Huff, Justin Niebank
Record Label: Big Machine Records

"This Is How We Roll" – Florida Georgia Line Featuring Luke Bryan
Producer: Joey Moi
Record Label: Republic Nashville Celebrates Six Years!

Long before DB Congress had a presence on facebook and Twitter, launched six years ago today!  Happy anniversary to us!

On February 1, 2009, our welcome post proclaimed our mission: to actively campaign to make and keep Dierks Bentley #1! That remains our daily Dierks duty today, now with 802 DBC representatives in all 50 states and 12 countries, 1,112 facebook Likes and 4,349 Twitter followers!

With nearly half a million page views, continues to spotlight not only all things Dierks, but special interviews with his band, songwriters and dedicated fans.

Six years ago, Feel That Fire was sitting at #4 and a week later Dierks released his Feel That Fire album, which debuted at #1.  Since then he's released a Grammy-nominated Bluegrass album-Up On The Ridge, CMA-nominated Home, and the biggest album of his career so far--Grammy, CMA and ACM nominated Riser, a total of 12 #1 singles, 2 Platinum singles (I Hold On and Drunk On A Plane) and a CMA Video of the Year win for Drunk On A Plane.

Let's not forget all the sold out shows in 2014 for the Riser Tour!

And today,  Dierks is performing the pre-game show in his hometown at the University of Phoenix Stadium before Super Bowl XLIX, part of which will be televised live as part of NBC's pregame show.

Each of you played an important part in that success, by promoting him daily, so keep up the great work!  Remember, we "wierk" for FREE, Dierks makes it EASY!

It is my pleasure to serve as your Chair person!  Together we 'hold on' and continue to promote our president to make and keep him #1!

DB Congress Chair (FL)

Thursday, January 29, 2015


Weekend Caps Off With A Televised Pre-Game
Performance On NBC
Nashville, TN – Jan. 28, 2015 – Multi-Platinum selling singer/songwriter Dierks Bentley returns to his hometown this week for a string of high-profile events leading up to football's biggest night. He is kicking off the week on the golf course participating in the prestigious Waste Management Phoenix Open Annexus Pro-Am today. He’ll next host a star-studded Pre Super Bowl bash at his bar "Whiskey Row" (1/30) before taking the stage as part ofCBS Radio’s stacked "The Night Before” lineup with Jason Aldean and Florida Georgia Line (1/31). The week will culminate on Super Bowl Sunday, where Bentley’s performance from the official NFL Tailgate will be televised as part of NBC’s pre-game show.
“It's going to be a fun weekend in my hometown,” said Bentley. “There are a lot of country fans in the Valley and we are looking forward to taking over this week! I'm excited to have a lot of friends from Nashville in town and to be a part of some of the big events around the game."
On the heels of his Super Bowl performance, Bentley will attend the 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards airing Feb. 8 on CBS, where he received his 12th nomination with “Country Album of the Year” for his critically acclaimed “Riser.” The No. one selling album 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. He recently announced his 2015 SOUNDS OF SUMMER TOUR kicking off June 5 and running through the summer. For more information and a full list of appearances visit


Monday, January 12, 2015

Dierks Bentley Announces 2015 Sounds Of Summer Tour With a Polar Plunge Boot Camp for his Tourmates

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 with additional ticket info for each market coming available in the weeks ahead at
"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:
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 Dealerand 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:
Raleigh, NC
Cleveland, OH
Buffalo, NY*
Lansing, MI*
St. Louis, MO
Chicago, IL
Pittsburgh, PA
New York, NY
Boston, MA
Philadelphia, PA
Tampa, FL
West Palm Beach, FL
Virginia Beach, VA
Washington, DC
Schaghticoke, NY*
Morristown, OH
Charlotte, NC
Birmingham, AL
Oshkosh, WI*
Twin Lakes, WI*
Ft. Wayne, IN*
Sweet Home, OR*
Merritt, BC, CA*
Quincy, WA*
Detroit Lakes, MN*
Prairie du Chien, WI*
Norfolk, NE
Denver, CO
Albuquerque, NM
Phoenix, AZ
San Diego, CA
Fresno, CA
Mt. View, CA
Sacramento, CA
Corpus Christi, TX
Austin, TX
Dallas, TX
Cincinnati, OH
Indianapolis, IN
*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 chartMaddie & 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.
Ole Smoky® Tennessee Moonshine will return as tour sponsor of the 2015 SOUNDS OF SUMMER TOUR. For more information and for a full list of upcoming tour dates, visit
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We're guessing "Sounds Of Summer" will likely be the next single after Say You Do!