COUNTRY MUSIC STAR DIERKS BENTLEY JETS FROM CMA MUSIC FEST TO DENVER, CO TO FILM A LIVE CONCERT DVD
NASHVILLE, TN – June 14, 2006 – Last week was a whirlwind of activity for Capitol Records Nashville singer/songwriter Dierks Bentley. The country music star hosted his annual “Last Call Ball” for his fan club members at Nashville’s Global Cafe on Wednesday night signing over 600 autographs for the capacity crowd into the wee hours of the morning. On Thursday, Bentley surprised concert-goers at LP Stadium with a 30 minute set including a new track from his next album (to be released in November), and then the “Modern Day Drifter” hopped a 6:00am flight to Denver on Friday morning to film a full-length concert DVD at the famed Fillmore Auditorium in front of a standing-room only crowd.
“Making a live show DVD has been a dream of mine for a couple years now,” said Bentley. “I love going to concerts and shows as much as anyone, but it’s hard to do when you travel as much as we do. We have a lot of show DVDs on the bus to help make up for it though… to think we now will have one out there too is a major dream come true.”
The hi-definition DVD, which was directed by renowned London based filmmaker Russell Thomas (www.doneanddusted.com) will be released at the end of 2006 or first quarter 2007.
“The great thing is that Dierks wanted to do something different, and he really has an incredible creative eye,” says Thomas. “We wanted a very contemporary feel but also a timeless piece that won’t age too quickly. I tried to imagine what a good rock and roll band should look like and then tried to transfer some of that imagery onto country music and Dierks .gritty, grainy, gutsy.”
Bentley will stay on the West Coast for the next several weeks for a string of sold-out dates on Kenny Chesney’s “Road & the Radio” tour before returning to Nashville to continue work on his next album. It has been a great year so far for Bentley, who was nominated for the ACM Top Male Vocalist award and whose current single “Settle for a Slowdown” spent the last two weeks in the top spot on both the Billboard and R&R charts. Three of his first six releases have gone to number one including “What Was I Thinkin’?” and “Come A Little Closer,” and all three of those have enjoyed multiple weeks in the number one position. Other radio success includes Top five hits with “Lot of Leavin’ Left to Do” and “How Am I Doin.'”
Mary Hilliard Harrington