Bentley Breaks Ground As The First Ever Country Music Artist Booked for Bonnaroo

NASHVILLE, TN - Feb. 16, 2007 - Capitol Nashville singer/songwriter Dierks Bentley hits the road again for his "Live & Loud" tour, the second leg of his Bud Light sponsored headlining tour, at the end of the month in Lincoln, Nebraska. Bentley's upcoming live concert DVD appropriately titled "LIVE AND LOUD AT THE FILLMORE" hits stores on March 20.

Joining Bentley for the 25 city run of small arenas will be a combination of rising country artists including Grammy nominee Miranda Lambert, ACM's reigning "Top New Male Vocalist" Jason Aldean, Capitol label-mate Eric Church, and GOLD certified Arista Recording Artist Keith Anderson.

Bentley will also break ground this summer as the first country artist to ever perform at Bonnaroo, named Pollstar's "Festival of the Year" four consecutive years. He will join headliners from other genres such as rock icons Radiohead and Tom Petty, Gospel great Mavis Staples and Bluegrass stars Bela Fleck & the Flecktones to perform for the over 80,000 fans who travel to Manchester, Tennessee each year for the June festival.

"Who wouldn't want to play in front of that many really passionate music fans?" asked Bentley. "Of course, there's a certain amount of pressure that comes with being the first country artist to play the festival, but it is exciting to take risks like this, and hopefully I'll be able make country fans out of some of them."

Fans can catch Bentley on the "Live & Loud" tour in the following cities across the country:

Feb. 22 - Lincoln, NE - Pershing Auditorium
Feb. 23 - Ames, IA - Hilton Coliseum-Iowa State University
Feb. 24 - Saint Charles, MO - Family Arena
March 1 - Toledo, OH - SeaGate Convention Center
March 2 - Fort Wayne, IN - Allen County War Memorial Coliseum
March 3 - Bloomington, IN - Indiana University Auditorium
March 8 - Bossier City, LA - CenturyTel Center
March 9 - Cape Giradeau, MO - Show Me Center
March 10 - Little Rock, AR - Alltel Center
March 15 - Pensacola, FL - Pensacola Civic Center
March 16 - Houston, TX - Reliant Stadium
March 17 - Baton Rouge, LA - Baton Rouge River Center
March 23 - Reading, PA - Sovereign Center
March 24 - Fairfax, VA - Patriot Center
March 29 - Rochester, NY - Blue Cross Arena
March 30 - Erie, PA - Erie Civic Center
March 31 - Saginaw, MI - Dow Event Center
April 12 - Knoxville, TN - Knoxville Civic Auditorium and Coliseum
April 13 - Norfolk, VA - Constant Convocation Center
April 14 - Richmond, VA - Richmond Coliseum
April 19 - Kissimmee, FL - Silver Spears Arena
April 20 - Live Oak, FL - Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park
April 21 - Clemson, SC - Littlejohn Coliseum
April 26 - College Station, TX - Reed Arena at Texas A&M
April 27 - Fayetteville, AR - Barnhill Arena
April 28 - Topeka, KS - Kansas ExpoCentre

For more information on Dierks Bentley, visit www.dierks.com.

Mary Hilliard Harrington
The Greenroom
(615) 327-3887

Dixie Weathersby
Capitol Nashville