Special Guest Jack Ingram To Ignite Audiences In Opening Slot

NASHVILLE, TN – Aug. 20, 2007 – Country music star Dierks Bentley will shift his headlining tour into high gear when his Bud Light sponsored THROTTLE WIDE OPEN tour rolls into 30 US cities beginning on Oct. 4 in Rome, GA. The high-octane dates will feature a marathon of unbridled live music by the multi-platinum singer/songwriter and special guest Big Machine recording artist Jack Ingram.

Known as the hardest working guy in country music, Bentley’s tour schedule has been at full tilt over the last four years. With the return of his arena headlining tour, he will spend the next four months focusing his attention on connecting with his fans in larger rooms.

“We aren’t at the level yet where we have the hi-def video screens or pyro or some crazy light show, so it’s just up to me and the guys in the band to go out there every night and connect with everyone in the audience…even the folks up in the nosebleeds,” explains Bentley. “If that means crowd surfing or pulling people up on the stage to dance, we’ll do whatever it takes.”

Music critics across the country are taking notice of Bentley’s high-energy set calling him “a consummate showman” and his 18 song set a “breathtaking barn-burner of an affair.”

Bud Light, the No. one beer in the U.S. and the best-selling light beer in the world, will once again join Bentley out on the road this fall. Along with Tim McGraw and George Strait, Bentley is the only country artist to ever be endorsed by the adult beverage giant.

Big Machine Records artist Jack Ingram’s four consecutive hit singles have made him the most-played new artist of 2006 (Mediabase). His #1 smash single “Wherever You Are” kicked off a clean sweep of hits that was followed by the Top 10 tongue-in-cheek rocker, “Love You;” Jack’s rendition of “Lips of an Angel;” and the current chart-rising, “Measure of a Man.”

THROTTLE WIDE OPEN will hit the following cities through the end of the year:

October 4 – Rome, GA – Forum Civic Center Complex
October 5 – Tallahassee, FL – Leon County Civic Center
October 6 – Perry, GA – Georgia National Fairgrounds
October 12 – Austin, TX – Stubbs
October 13 – College Station, TX – Texas World Speedway
October 18 – Bismarck, ND – Bismarck Civic Center
October 19 – Sioux City, IA – Tyson Events Center
October 20 – Council Bluffs, IA – Mid America Center
October 25 – Duluth, MN – Duluth Entertainment Convention Center (DECC)
October 26 – Milwaukee, WI – Bradley Center
October 27 – Mankato, MN – Alltel Center
November 1 – Charlotte, NC – Cricket Arena
November 2 – Hershey, PA – Giant Center
November 3 – Morgantown, WV – WVU Coliseum
November 8 – Wichita, KS – Kansas Coliseum
November 9 – Columbia, MO – Hearnes Center
November 10 – Moline, IL – iWireless Arena
November 15 – Murray, KY – Murray State Regional Special Events Center
November 16 – Springfield, IL – Prairie Capitol Convention Center
November 17 – Cincinnati, OH – US Bank Arena
November 23 – Columbia, SC – Colonial Center
November 24 – Pikeville, KY – Eastern KY Expo Center
November 29 – Monroe, LA – Monroe Civic Center
November 30 – Oklahoma City, OK – Ford Center
December 1 – Grand Prairie, TX – Nokia Theatre
December 6 – Lowell, MA – Tsongas Arena
December 7 – Glens Falls, NY – Glens Falls Civic Center
December 8 – Atlantic City, NJ – Estess Arena

For behind the scenes action from the THROTTLE WIDE OPEN tour, visit www.dierks.com.

Mary Hilliard Harrington
The Greenroom
(615) 327-3887