First Round of Performers Announced for 53rd ACM Awards

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The Academy of Country Music announced the first group of performers for the 53RD ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS™, Country Music’s Party of the Year®, airing LIVE from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 15, 2018 at 8:00 PM ET/PT on the CBS Television Network.  [bctt tweet=”.@Jason_Aldean @KelseaBallerini @DierksBentley @LukeBryanOnline @FLAGALine @mirandalambert @MarenMorris @ThomasRhett @BebeRexha to perform on 53rd @ACMawards LIVE April 15 on #CBS!” username=”My_CountryMusic”] Jason Aldean, Kelsea Ballerini, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line + Bebe Rexha, Miranda Lambert, Maren Morris, and Thomas Rhett, will take the stage for can’t-miss performances.  Attached and below please find a press release with additional details, and note more performers will be announced in the coming weeks. The Academy of Country Music® announced the first group of performers for the 53RD ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS™. ACM® Award nominees Jason Aldean, Kelsea Ballerini, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Miranda Lambert, Maren Morris, and Thomas Rhett will take the stage for must-see performances. Bebe Rexha will make her debut appearance at Country Music’s Party of the Year®, performing the chart-topping collaboration “Meant to Be” with Florida Georgia Line. The 53rd ACM Awards® will broadcast LIVE from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 15, 2018 at 8:00 PM ET/PT on the CBS Television Network. As previously announced, multimedia superstar Reba McEntire will return to host the 53rd ACM Awards, which honors and showcases the biggest names and emerging talent in country music, and is produced for television by dick clark productions. This year’s show will mark Reba’s fifteenth time hosting the ceremony. She last co-hosted the ceremony with Blake Shelton in 2012. Additional acts and presenters will be announced in the coming weeks. For event updates, tickets and hotel information, please visit About the Academy of Country Music Awards The 53rd Academy of Country Music Awards™ is dedicated to honoring and showcasing the biggest names and emerging talent in the country music industry. The show is produced for television by dick clark productions and will broadcast LIVE from MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 15, 2018 at 8:00 PM live ET/PT on the CBS Television Network. Allen Shapiro, Mike Mahan, R.A. Clark, Barry Adelman and Mark Bracco are executive producers. Pete Fisher is executive producer for the Academy of Country Music. Tickets to the ACM Awards are now on sale at Media credential applications to cover the Awards in Las Vegas are now available at For more information on the ACM Awards and all ACM events including ACM Party for a Cause®, visit and You can like Academy of Country Music on Facebook or follow on Twitter at @ACMawards and Instagram @ACMAwards for more immediate updates.

Dierks Bentley Breaks it Down: Climbing the Mountain

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This year at Country Radio Seminar, Dierks Bentley and his leadership team dig deep and discuss what it took to turn him into the King of the country music Mountain. For any struggling artist, this is a must-watch conversation as he breaks down what he’s done right, and what he’s done very wrong over the long course of his career. Dierks offers an inspiring look at how to compete in modern country music while still honoring and celebrating the folk and bluegrass roots that make country music amazing.   You can catch Dierks Bentley on tour with The Brothers Osborne this summer.

CMA Touring Awards Winners Announced

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The COUNTRY MUSIC ASSOCIATION (CMA) presented honors to top touring professionals during the “CMA TOURING AWARDS” at MARATHON MUSIC WORKS in NASHVILLE on MONDAY, JANUARY 22nd. Hosted by CURB NASHVILLE’s JERROD NIEMANN, and featuring presentations from DIERKS BENTLEY, THOMAS RHETT, and CHRIS STAPLETON, the evening recognized winners in fifteen categories as well as the CMA TOURING LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD, presented to LIVE NATION Pres./Country Music Touring BRIAN O’CONNELL by KIX BROOKS and ROB BECKHAM. The complete list of winners is as follows: Business Manager Of the Year: DUANE CLARK (FLOOD, BUMSTEAD, MCCREADY & MCCARTHY) Coach/Truck Driver Of The Year: DANNY SHELNUT (MONTGOMERY GENTRY) FOH (Front Of House) Engineer Of The Year: ARPAD SAYKO (CHRIS STAPLETON) Lighting Director Of The Year: DAVE BUTZLER (GARTH BROOKS) Manager Of The Year: CLARENCE SPALDING (MAVERICK) Tour Manager Of The Year: LOGAN KORNEGAY (THOMAS RHETT) Monitor Engineer Of The Year: MARC EARP (ERIC CHURCH) Production Manager Of The Year: JOHN GARRIOTT (CHRIS STAPLETON) Publicist Of The Year: JAKE BASDEN (BIG MACHINE LABEL GROUP) Talent Agent Of The Year: DARIN MURPHY (CAA) Talent Buyer/Promoter Of The Year: LOUIS MESSINA (MESSINA TOURING GROUP) Tour Caterer Of The Year: CENTER STAGE EVENTS Touring Musician Of The Year: NATHAN BARLOWE (KEITH URBAN) (Keyboard) Venue Of The Year: BRIDGESTONE ARENA (NASHVILLE, TN) Tour Video Director Of The Year: JOHN BRESLIN (GARTH BROOKS)

Watch Now: Dierks Bentley, Jamey Johnson & Miranda Lambert in “Bad Angel”

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It’s not often that we share fan art here at Country Music News Blog, but we just couldn’t help ourselves when this fan-created video for Dierks Bentley, Jamey Johnson, and Miranda Lambert‘s collaboration on “Bad Angel” came up in our YouTube suggestions. The track is off Dierks’ bluegrass tribute album “Up On The Ridge” and YouTube user The Outlaw Artist did an amazing job of piecing together separate music videos and on-air performances to create one great video for the song! Check it out now:

Dierks Bentley Launches Custom Lyric + Emoji Keyboard

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GROUNDBREAKING LYRIC-CENTRIC TECHNOLOGY OFFERS CUSTOMERS AN INNOVATIVE WAY TO INTERACT WITH THEIR FAVORITE MUSICIANS NASHVILLE, Tenn. (September 9, 2016) — Multi-platinum entertainer Dierks Bentley introduces his very own custom keyboard app for Apple and Andro id devices. The keyboard, powered by LyricLink, includes more than 100+ emojis using a brand-new technology that turns users’ thoughts into lyrics from Bentley’s most iconic songs, including his current “game-changing” (Taste Of Country) Top 5 single “Different for Girls” with descriptors and images including collaborator and friend Elle King. It’s incredibly simple, and because it is a keyboard, it can be used to text, Tweet, post, and more. Watch the YouTube Demo of Dierks Bentley Lyric Keyboard by clicking HERE. “I’m always looking for different ways for fans to be involved in my music,” shares Bentley. “I think the fans will pick up on a lot of the lyrics, familiar characters and friends we worked in!” Allan Zhang and Sam Mendelson of Echelon Creative Inc, say, “It’s a privilege to get to work with Dierks and the team. His songs are so catchy and poetic that it makes our LyricLink technology work even better.” Below are two examples of the app in action to compliment the gif availa ble in the press packet. I love you = Without you I’d be nothing Want to go dancing? = Want to have a Mardi Gras in the clouds? The app is available for download from the App Store now with Google Play arriving this weekend. Direct links can be found at It is currently $1.99. About Dierks Bentley Award-winning singer/songwriter Dierks Bentley explores the most intimate and sometimes darkest corners of his relationship history with his No. One selling and critically acclaimed album BLACK (Capitol Records Nashville). Bentley’ s latest single “Different for Girls” with friend Elle King climbs up the Top 5 at Country radio after receiving a CMA nomination last week for “Musical Event of the Year.” As a top nominee with four total nods, Bentley was also recognized in the “Album of the Year” category for BLACK, “Male Vocalist of the Year” and “Music Video of the Year” for his Platinum multi-week No. One summer anthem “Somewhere On A Beach.” His seven previous studio albums have sold more than seven million copies, notched 13 chart-topping singles, earned 13 GRAMMY nominations, countless CMA, ACM and CMT nominations and membership at the Grand Ole Opry for more than a decade. Bentley continues “connecting with fans from diverse regions of America” (CNN) with his 2016 SOMEWHERE ON A BEACH TOUR featuring Randy Houser, Cam and Tucker Beathard. Applauded as “one of Country’s most engaging pe rformers” (Hartford Courant), Bentley has extended the run with additional arena dates through the end of October with Randy Houser and Drake White. For more information and a full list of tour dates, visit About Echelon Creative: Allan Zhang and Sam Mendelson founded Echelon Creative Inc. in July 2015 after leaving JPM organ. During the fall of 2015, Echelon Creative was 1 of 8 companies to take part in Continue reading

Foo Fighters Guitarist Chris Shiflett Brings “Walking the Floor” to PodcastOne w/ Guest Dierks Bentley

FOO FIGHTERS AND DEAD PEASANTS GUITARIST CHRIS SHIFLETT BRINGS WALKING THE FLOOR TO PODCASTONE Debut Episode Features Sit Down with Dierks Bentley; Series Guests Include Extended Interviews with Merle Haggard, Sturgill Simpson and Dwight Yoakam Foo Fighters guitarist Chris Shiflett joins PodcastOne, the nation’s largest advertiser-supported podcast network, with his Walking The Floor podcast, debuting on the network today.  With a long history in music, Shiflett engages a wide range of musical guests with his in-depth, one-on-one interviews exploring their creative inspirations, struggles and successes.  With an insider perspective, Walking The Floor features some of the biggest names in Country, Roots, and Americana music, as well as punk rockers, rock’n’rollers, writers, athletes and actors.  Guests include Merle Haggard, Sturgill Simpson, Dwight Yoakam, Brad Paisley, Mike Ness and many more.  Slated for release this year are Jason Isbell, Buddy Miller, Old Dominion, Jack Ingram, Dave Cobb and more. [bctt tweet=”#FooFighter @ChrisShiflett71 goes #WalkingTheFloor with country legends and @PodcastOne. Find out more at @CMNBlog!” via=”no”] With new episodes released every other Monday, this week’s episode, available now on PodcastOne, the PodcastOne app and iTunes, features an extended interview with country singer Dierks Bentley, and explores his history and new album, “Black,” out this week. An excerpt from the interview follows: Bentley: “I just work on writing songs and see if something sticks…I wrote the song “Black” which really became the cornerstone of this album.  A lot of the songs I was writing or choosing to record were…autobiographical or personal, but then other ones I just felt like I was taking advantage of the fact that I’m a songwriter and just creative freedom to explore someone else’s shoes…just exploring parts of my heart that I can’t explore…So I wouldn’t call it a concept record.  For me there’s a personal thread that goes throughout the whole thing but I would never want to impose that upon another person’s listening. I hope they can find their own thread in it.” In excitement about joining PodcastOne, Shiflett said, “I couldn’t be more excited to join the PodcastOne network.  I’ve got a laptop full of interviews and we’re booking more every day, so 2016 is going to be a busy year for Walking The Floor.” Norm Pattiz echoed these sentiments: “It’s great to have the talents of Chris now on PodcastOne. The relationships he brings are an outgrowth of his many years as, quite literally, a ‘player’ in the music business. It’s great to have him aboard.” You can listen to the podcast here:  About Chris Shiflett A Southern California native, Chris Shiflett started playing guitar at age 11 and established himself around the local Santa Barbara music scene in high school. In 1995, Shiflett joined Fat Wreck Chords recording artists No Use for a Name, before co-founding punk rock supergroup and cover band Me First & the Gimme Gimmes, alongside Fat Mike of NOFX and Joey Cape of Lagwagon. Shiflett left No Use for a Name in 1999 to join the Foo Fighters on guitar Continue reading

RiverFest 2013 Features Dierks Bentley, Jana Kramer and More

RiverFest 2013 Line Up Features Plenty of Country Acts Including Dierks Bentley, Jana Kramer, Darius Rucker and more. Arkansas is getting ready for a really great 2013 festival season, and the annual RiverFest hosted in Little Rock May 24th – 26th has just unveiled its highly anticipated line-up for this year’s weekend shindig! The roster of artists includes folks from rock and rap, but we’re obviously most concerned with the country performers which include Dierks Bentley, Jana Kramer, Darius Rucker, Florida Georgia Line, Rodeny Atkins and Drive By Truckers. The guys sure know how to put on a good show, and I have no doubt that festival goers are guaranteed fun filled weekend. Find the schedule below, and more info on the Riverfest website. Friday, May 24th Darius Rucker (Miller Lite Stage) Rodney Atkins (Miller Lite Stage) Jana Kramer (Miller Lite Stage) Saturday, May 25th TBD Sunday, May 26th Dierks Bentley (Bud Light Stage) Florida Georgia Line (Bud Light Stage) Drive By Truckers (Miller Lite Stage) Current Dierks Bentley Tour Dates and Tickets

2013 ACM Awards More Performers Added

Academy of Country Music Announces More Performers for 48th Annual ACM Awards. Whether or not you put stock into awards shows, it’s looking like the 2013 ACM Awards are going to be well worth watching. The event organized previously released a list of performers which included impressive names like George Strait and current country royalty like Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton. Well, that list just got even better with lots more amazing talent like Dierks Bentley, Eric Church, Little Big Town and many more! Find the complete list of performers (so far) below, and stay tuned because there are still a couple more names that haven’t been revealed yet. The 48th Annual ACM Awards will air LIVE from Las Vegas on Sunday, April 7th on CBS at 7pm central. This year’s event is hosted by Shelton and Luke Bryan. Check out the complete list of nominees. New Performers Announced: Eric Church Carrie Underwood Dierks Bentley Kenny Chesney Florida Georgia Line Brantley Gilbert Brad Paisley Lady Antebellum Jason Aldean Little Big Town Taylor Swift Jana Kramer Previously Announced: George Strait Luke Bryan Hunter Hayes Miranda Lambert Blake Shelton The Band Perry Kelly Clarkson