Award winning singer/songwriter Dierks Bentley is amping up his 2014 tour schedule with the announcement today he will be coming to the Xfinity Stage on the opening night of the 2014 Champlain Valley Fair, Friday August 22nd. “This tour is the culmination of everything I’ve been working on for the past two years, both out on the road and in the studio recording RISER,” said Bentley. “I know what my fans want: a kick ass show! Eric Paslay, will be opening the show and getting the party started, and when it comes time for my set, I can promise that we are going big! I have never been more excited about a tour.” Executive Director Tim Shea said “we incredibly excited to have this big a show to our brand new opening night! And he has Vermont roots too!”
With ten years’ experience honing his stage skills, Bentley’s live show continues to catch the attention of critics, who have called it “dynamic” and note his continued devotion to interacting with the fans and creating “a nearly nonstop, high energy affair heavy with hits” (Reading Eagle).
Bentley lifted the tour name from his upcoming studio album RISER due out Feb. 25. Its title track is a song about resilience and determination and sets the tone of the album demonstrating a new artistic depth and an extra level of intensity for Bentley. Throughout his unpredictable career, Bentley has mixed elements of modern country, classic country, bluegrass and rock, maintaining an unmistakable identity while constantly reinventing his sound. His last album HOME debuted at No. one on the Billboard Country Album Charts and spawned three consecutive chart-topping hits, marking 10 career No. one songs for Bentley as a singer and songwriter. His five previous studio albums have sold more than five million copies and earned 11 GRAMMY nominations, countless CMA, ACM and CMT nominations and membership at the Grand Ole Opry.