PEOPLE names Bentley 2015's "Hottest Guy in Country Music" - On Stands Now

NASHVILLE, TN – June 8, 2015 – “Plenty of fireworks - musically and literally” (Billboard) launched Dierks Bentley’s 2015 SOUNDS OF SUMMER TOUR this weekend as the roar of capacity crowds filled amphitheaters in Raleigh, NC (6/5) and Cleveland, OH (6/6). The multi-PLATINUM entertainer pulled out “top-tier production” (Rolling Stone Country) to create the ultimate summer party complete with fireworks, crowd surfing, beer shotgunning, a custom built wave-shaped video wall, a satellite stage for closer fan interaction and special guest performances.

Critics' opinion paralleled fan enthusiasm, noting his emotional delivery cemented “his ability to convey that kind of ‘I can relate’ emotions,” making him “a special kind of performer.” - Cleveland Plain Dealer

“Dierks definitely ‘rises’ to a whole new level with the Sounds of Summer tour. Here in Raleigh, the crowd went rabid for Dierks!! He delivered incredible energy, and hit after hit after hit… The crowd (and I) enthusiastically belted back every word!” -Todd Nixon, WNCB/WTQR

“Dierks set the bar high for the rest of the acts that will follow him this summer. 20,000 fans danced, sang and lived the Sounds of Summer.” - Janie Carothers, WQDR

“Dierks is on fire! What an amazing show! Scary thing is it was the opening show and it was epic! It's only going to get better! With Kip Moore, Canaan Smith and Maddie and Tae on point. This is a show that is worth the price of admission.” - Cody Clark, WQDR

As the 2015 SOUNDS OF SUMMER TOUR heats up, PEOPLE simultaneously named Bentley “Country’s Hottest Guy” of the year. In addition to the news, the singer’s No. one hit “Drunk on A Plane” is nominated for "Video of the Year" and "Male Video of the Year" for the 2015 CMT Music Awards airing live this Wednesday (6/10) at 8P ET. Bentley will hit CMA Music Festival’s stadium stage at LP Field on Thursday (6/11) prior to resuming his headlining tour in Buffalo, NY (6/12) and Lansing, MI (6/13). For a full list of tour dates and upcoming appearances, visit www.dierksbentley.com

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