PORTLAND — Before the release of his bluegrass and acoustic roots-inspired album, “Up On The Ridge,” country star Dierks Bentley will hit the road on a tour that includes a stop in Portland on May 11.
The singer/songwriter will be joined at Port City Music Hall by backing band the Travelin’ McCourys and Texas-based singer Hayes Carll. He will preview new music from the album set for release this summer, as well as perform his biggest hits.
His “Up On The Ridge Tour,” which kicks off in April, will hit venues from small rock clubs to bluegrass festivals.
“Up On The Ridge” features Bentley working with the Del McCoury Band, Chris Thile and the Punch Brothers, among others. There are also vocal and instrumental contributions ranging from Alison Krauss and Miranda Lambert to Tim O’Brien and Sam Bush.
“The only way I know to explain what this new album is to all the fans is to just get out on the road and play it for them. I’ve been rehearsing and working on set lists already … every show is going to be different and really special,” Bentley said in a prepared statement.
“There aren’t any better acoustic musicians in the world than the Travelin’ McCourys, period. And I’ve been a big fan of Hayes for a long time. It’ll be a total blast,” he added.
Bentley has been signed to Capitol Records Nashville since 2003, when he released his self-titled debut album. The album’s first single, “What Was I Thinkin’,” reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks charts later that year. Both that album and its 2005 follow-up, “Modern Day Drifter,” are certified platinum in the United States.
Also in 2005, Bentley won the CMA Award for the Horizon Award (now called Best New Artist) and was asked to be a member of the Grand Ole Opry.
Bentley’s third album, “Long Trip Alone,” released in 2006, is certified gold. The album produced two No. 1 songs: “Every Mile a Memory” in 2006; and “Free and Easy (Down the Road I Go)” in 2007. This was followed by a greatest hits package in 2008 and his fourth album, “Feel That Fire,” in 2009, whose title track, co-written by Brett Beavers and The Warren Brothers, became his sixth No. 1 song. Also during 2009, Bentley performed on the “American Saturday Night Tour” with Brad Paisley and Jimmy Wayne.
General admission tickets to the 7 p.m. concert are $30, $32 day of show. Tickets go on sale at 9 a.m. Friday, March 19, and will be available at Bull Moose music stores and online at www.portcitymusichall.com. This is a 21+ event. Port City Music Hall is at 504 Congress St. For more information, visit www.portcitymusichall.com.
Country singer/songwriter Dierks Bentley will perform May 11 at Port City Music Hall in Portland. Tickets go on sale Friday, March 19.