Monday, August 17, 2015

More Details for #DierksMM10 Pre-sale for DB Congress Members Tues. August 18, 2015


We know everyone is excited and full of questions before the DB Congress pre-sale tomorrow for Dierks' 10th annual Miles and Music For Kids event on the afternoon of November 1, 2015, especially since the first 350 to buy MM tickets get entry into Last Call Ball for the morning of November 1.  Here are some more details.

- The presale for MM10 begins Tuesday, August 18, 2015 at 10 a.m. central.

-Pre-sale code / link will go out tomorrow morning to fan club members only before pre-sale starts.

-Ticket options:

$300 VIP Ride Ticket- Includes: Ride VIP @ ride start location, with food and non alcoholic beverages and rides in the front of the pack with the celebrities, VIP Concert ticket on the Citi VIP deck with dinner & 3 beverages & an event t-shirt. Any passenger riders of a VIP RIDER must also have a VIP RIDE ticket as well. ONLY 100 AVAILABLE FOR SALE

$100 Pit Ticket – Pit access (standing only) plus an event poster
$120 GA Ride & Pit Ticket
                                      
$100 Reserved 1st 5 Rows – seat in the 1st 5 rows plus an event poster
$120 GA Ride & Reserved 1st 5 Rows Ticket

$54 reserved seating row 6 and back
$74 GA Ride & Reserved seating row 6 and back

$30 LAWN Ticket: Good for GA Concert LAWN
$50 GA Ride & Lawn concert ticket

$25 Student ticket – can only be purchased at outlets with student ID – access to LAWN

ADD ON OPTIONS:

$99 Citi VIP Deck Access – includes: Event t-shirt, 3 drink tickets, dinner and access to Citi VIP Deck; the ADD ON for $99 is good for any ticket so if you buy lawn you can add VIP for $99. Or if you buy a pit ticket you can add on the VIP, too. The VIP Deck is a bit farther back but it’s still great to get for a good seat and food/drinks. You can access it from the pit, too!

-If you are one of the first 350 to buy a MM ticket tomorrow, you will get an email by Friday this week with LCB instructions.  LCB will be the morning of November 1.

-If there are couples who are fan club members, after you purchase your pre-sale MM tickets together, you can email the fan club to the address provided--they will make exceptions for LCB on couples who are both fan club members.  Just tell them that you and your spouse are both congress members and purchased together to reserve your MM seats, then they will allow that.  This only applies to couples/partners. 

-There will be plenty of time in between LCB in the morning and MM, as the afternoon MM concert will start a little later than usual. And LCB and Ascend are within a short walking distance of each other.

-There will also be a fan club line at the Ascend Theater gates for MM with early access.  

*EDIT

- ATTENTION ALL RIDERS: We strongly encourage you to buy your ride and concert tickets in advance this year. With the concert portion of the event moving to Ascend Amphitheater if you want premium seats you cannot not wait till the day of the ride to buy your tickets like you have in past years. We want all of you who have joined us, year after year, to join us again this year! So make sure you buy your tickets before its too late!




 That's all we know so far! Good luck on tickets tomorrow and if you have any other questions, let us know and we will try to find out! 

Ronna
DBC Chair


Sunday, June 7, 2015

Dierks Bentley Kicks Off "HOT" Sounds Of Summer Tour in Raleigh; DB Congress "Pyro Patrol" Fans The Flames


Dierks Bentley kicked off the summer of 2015 with a hot start, and we're not just talking about the weather. Fans in the front could literally "feel" that fire, when Dierks turned up the heat with his new Sounds Of Summer Tour in Raleigh, NC Friday night. (Photo credit: Meredith Mauer)

Want an up close and personal experience with Dierks? The VIP option he is offering fans on the Sounds of Summer tour is something special. During check in for the Sounds of Summer VIP Experience Tailgate Party, fans were given guitar pick-shaped VIP lanyards featuring Goldie Bus, a unique poster, a Sounds of Summer cooler and coozie, and a DB beer pong set!



"We were escorted into the venue early by our CID Entertainment hosts Jesse and Dani.  They were both great and a lot of fun!" said Meredith Mauer.  "The VIP area was set up with everything you need to tailgate, including corn hole, beer pong tables and food in case you got the munchies.  The cash bar offered Ole Smokey Moonshine, a huge sponsor of Dierks!

At about 6:45, Dierks came out and entertained the VIP guests with three acoustic songs; I Hold On, Drunk on a Plane, and 5150.  Everyone sang along, which Dierks loved!  He was having a great time, and joked around with the crowd.  After singing, he was kind enough to sign a lot of autographs before he left to prepare for his M&G session."

Showtime!

Changing up the set list, Dierks launched "Sideways" with a bang, sparks flying, followed by "Am I The Only One" and "5-1-5-0" before taking a breath.  The energy in the Walnut Creek Amphitheater was electric, fans feeding on all five senses--every sight and sound, the smell of smoke, the taste of cold beer or Strawberrita and feeling the heat from the live flames! Can't you hear it comin' alive?





Ed Morris was the lucky fan who shot-gunned a beer, when Dierks invited him to the stage to be the next challenger for Dierks' undefeated record. Ed left a little in the can and Dierks jokingly told him to "get your ass outta here," a line from George Strait's movie, Pure Country.



Even the intro music to songs had a slightly different sound, keeping us hard core fans guessing at times which song he was about to sing! 

The video imagery and lighting were fresh and new, just when we thought the Riser Tour could not be topped!  Team Dierks is the most creative and talented crew, and their dedication to excellence was evident! They thought of every little detail. Kudos to Chris Reade, Jay Ballinger, Tom Addison, Carlos and all the crew!

The story behind "I Hold On" always puts a lump in my throat and Friday night was no exception. After telling us about his dad he said "he's watching tonight (from heaven)." He'd be so proud of you, Dierks!

"Tip It On Back" put everyone in the mood to sway and sing to the music and foreshadowed the 'fire' to come later.

So grab the girl you came with
And set her world on fire
And watch her sway and singing to the music
Until it's all alright, yeah


Although many articles before the show stated "Every Mile A Memory" was left out of the set list, we were pleasantly surprised when he started singing it.  It has special meaning to all of us who have traveled many miles and experienced dozens of Dierks shows over the past ten years! The video playing behind him as he sang flashed photos of being on tour and his kids.  You'll see his 19-month old son, Knox, in the video behind him:




"Feel That Fire" was our signal to put on our fireman hats to match our DB Congress Pyro Patrol Little White Tank Tops.  The look on Dierks' face when he saw us was priceless.  He actually called the video guy over to film us and we apparently were on the giant video screen. Later, we gave him a hat, too, and he pointed at us and mouthed "pyro patrol" and laughed.


DB Congress Pyro Patrol: David Mattingly, Carrie Srebro, Ronna Clark,
Christy Rahall, Sandra Grubb, Meredith Mauer and Monica White
(Special thanks to Harriett Watkins for the idea and Mere for the design and iron on shirts!)

Of course, the Sounds of Summer Tour would not be complete without its namesake song in the set, along with a sing-a-long:

These are sounds goin' down in a nowhere town
Underneath the wide open sky
It's the dust in the air and the freedom everywhere
Can't you hear it comin' alive?





Ascending slowly 10-20 feet above the stage, his deep gravely voice resonated Riser lyrics as if he wrote them himself, while birds flew by on the screen behind him.  He's a fighter that's for sure. We are so proud of how much he has achieved in his career--slowly rising to his own successful headlining tours and selling out 22,000 plus!

He confirmed in the Meet and Greet "Riser" will be the next single.  Make sure to start requesting that radio play it--releasing June 29.  Best of luck to songwriters Travis Meadows and Steve Moakler--here's hoping radio will give Dierks his 14th number one--and 4th #1 single from the Riser album!



At one point, Dierks mentioned girls with tattoos of his songs, pointing to Sandra who has RISER and the thunderbird tattooed on her right forearm.  

Opening act, Kip Moore, came back out to sing Lot of Leaving Left To Do and later Maddie & Tae and Canaan Smith helped out on Free and Easy, after which Dierks decided to crowd surf right behind us in the pit!  "Sometimes you gotta lean on your crowd, y'all!" Dierks said afterward.



The lawn crowd was not to be left out.  Dierks said he wasn't close enough to them so he started singing "Come A Little Closer" and walked out into the crowd to the B stage, hugging fans and posing for pictures along the way, never missing a note!



Dierks twirls Monica around for a dance
 on Come A Little Closer - Happy birthday, Monica!


He lit up the amp with the patriotic "Home," although we had to explain to the security guard that Dierks wanted us to turn on the light on our phone.  "It's a part of the song," Sandra told him--he didn't believe her until he saw 15,000 cell phones light up.

I gotta hand it to Dierks--he listens to and appreciates all kinds of music and keeps up with the Pop scene.  He can easily turn any song into a country tune.  Case in point, his bluegrass cover of Nick Jonas' "Chains"..."try to break the chains but the chains only break me..." was a real crowd-pleaser.

Another pleasant surprise was "Settle For A Slowdown" bluegrass style with Tim Sergent on the banjo and Dan Hochhalter on fiddle--what talent!

More fire came with "Up On The Ridge," the live flames keeping time with the music. It was HOT--literally--but musically as well! Makes you wonder why radio didn't get behind this smokin' single!



After "Say You Do," Dierks left the stage, as if he was done.  But we all knew "What Was I Thinkin'"and "Drunk On A Plane" was still to come! During 'Drunk' he ran around the stage with his arms out, like a little kid flying an imaginary airplane.  He has so much fun on the stage, its not just to entertain the fans. He genuinely enjoys it! And the fans go wild!


The guys in Dierks' band have some of the best vocals in the business and they are truly talented musicians, too! Dierks is blessed to have them on stage with him!
Brian Layson

Steve Misamore

Dan Hochhalter

Cassady Feasby
Tim Sergent on steel guitar


Canaan Smith opened the night at 7 pm to a half-filled venue and shared some songs from his recently released EP, Love You Like That, Two Lane Road, and 4 more.  He even pulled out his own drum and played the heck out of it until he lost a drum stick and just grabbed another and kept on beating it! The fans who chose to skip his set really missed out! Before the gates opened, Canaan was nice enough to make a stop by the box office to meet fans and take pictures.  Nice guy!



Maddie & Tae, nominated for three CMT Music Awards (airing Wed., June 10 at 8 pm EST),  performed during Dierks' Meet and Greet so I missed them altogether, but Carrie's a big fan and said they were awesome!  Here's their set list.



Kip Moore, whose new album, "Wild Ones" goes on sale August 21, was so charismatic, charming the crowd with his ten-song-set. The highlight was an inspiring acoustic of "Hey Pretty Girl" blended right into "Stand By Me." Killer voice. He had the audience competing left vs. right to see who could sing louder. He deserves way more recognition than he gets.





When it really was the end of the show, Dierks ran back to center stage, did a half somersault and landed flat on his back--spent.  He truly did 'give it all he had to give,' to borrow a line in Ridge. But then again, he always does.  That's why we always come back for more.

The final bow featured Steve Miller's "Jet Airliner" playing in the background, and Dierks never forgets to thank the fans, pointing to them one by one and slapping hands:






It's gonna be a hot summer, musically.  If you don't have tickets yet, don't miss out!  Go to dierks.com for the closest Sounds of Summer tour date to you!  And don't forget to wear your fire protection gear!


~Ronna
DB Congress Chair

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:

MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR [TIE]
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


DBCongress.com Celebrates Six Years!


Long before DB Congress had a presence on facebook and Twitter, dbcongress.com 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, dbcongress.com 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!

Ronna
DB Congress Chair (FL)