Saturday, April 21, 2012

Dierks Bentley plays intimately for Seattle fans on 'Record Store Day'

He looked hot, sounded great, and did I mention he looked hot?

Award-winning country artist Dierks Bentley drew a strong turnout at Easy Street Records this afternoon, a special performance in support of "National Record Store Day".  And, Seattle Gay News was there front and center (actually, front and left).

Wearing tight jeans (thank you!!!), ash-colored T-shirt, navy blue baseball cap and black worn-in boots, Bentley and a full band opened with "Am I The Only One" from his newest album Home.  He followed with the title track from 2009's Feel That Fire

Bentley, currently on tour and performing tonight at Everett Events Center, told the crowd he used to go into Circles record shop in his hometown of Phoenix growing up.  Those memories of listening to records in a small, independent music store inspired him to sneak into Seattle for a 40-minute performance on a stage half the size of his usual dressing room. 

"Up On the Ridge", the title track from his 2010 bluegrass CD, featured great fiddle work from Dan Hochhalter.  After playing the song, Bentley did a 180-degree turn that prompted an audience member to shout "Thanks for turning around"!  She took the words right outta my mouth because Dierks Bentley has the best backside of any country star.

Bentley mentioned to those gathered that years ago he hopped on a flight from Las Vegas to Hawaii to see two of his idols perform together, U2 and Pearl Jam.  Minutes later, he invited Mike McCready (of Pearl Jam) to join him on stage for two songs, including a cover version of The Rolling Stones' "Dead Flowers".

Politely, Bentley then said farewell and signed one piece of paper for someone in the front row.  Then he was gone.

Fans either had to purchase a copy of Home or win tickets on the radio to receive a VIP wristband, which allowed them access near the stage.  Generously, Bentley autographed dozens of posters that were handed out individually to everybody as they left the store. 

Seattle Gay News began covering Dierks Bentley and his music since his 2003 self-titled debut.  He returned the favor a few years ago with a one-on-one full interview. 

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