DIERKS BENTLEY AND TODAY "LEND A HAND" TO SURPRISE STUDENTS AT THE W.O. SMITH SCHOOL

Critics Heap Praise on Bentley's Headlining Tour

NASHVILLE, TN - April 19, 2007 - Capitol Nashville singer/songwriter Dierks Bentley helped TODAY's Al Roker surprise music students with donated instruments this morning at Nashville's W.O. Smith school before performing his next single with a choir of 20 high school students, who have been
studying Bentley as part of their country music curriculum.

"This was an opportunity I couldn't pass up," said Bentley this morning.  "Music lessons are such a great outlet for kids to be creative, and it helps keep them on the right track.   With all of the crazy things happening in the news this week, it just feels good to be part of something so positive."


Roker kickstarted the morning by arriving at the school with trucks full of instruments, including a grand piano, guitars, banjos and mandolins, as well as school supplies and apparel for the overwhelmed students as part of the show's 2nd annual "Lend A Hand" program.   Bentley closed the show with a choir of 20 W.O. Smith students in a performance of his newest single "Free and Easy Down The Road I Go."

"Bentley was also featured earlier this week on ABC's GOOD MORNING AMERICA in a behind-the-scenes segment at the CMT Music Awards with co-host Robyn Roberts, where he also performed his Top 10 hit "Long Trip Alone." The award-winning country music star travels to Austin next week to tape an episode of Austin City Limits on April 25.

For Bentley's other upcoming appearances, visit www.dierks.com.

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