Dierks Bentley kicked off his Mountain High Tour on May 18th at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, MD. Although the rain was heavy and the air was damp, that didn’t stop fans from waiting in the long lines to enter the venue.
First to take the stage was a bluegrass band who called themselves the Maryland Monroe boys. Clearly, it was Lanco in costume. However, for a prank… they actually killed it.
Lanco’s set was as smooth as butter. Seemingly a fresh act within country music, they performed as naturals. Solid stage presence, strong vocals and enhanced musicianship…the fellas of Lanco are right on the money.
Maryland natives Brothers Osborne were next on the roster. They performed songs such as “Shoot Me Straight” and “It Ain’t My Fault.” The duo is highly favored and respected around these parts and it’s clear why. They are the kings of clever songs and knarly guitar riffs. They are indeed saving country music one note at a time.
Headlining act, Dierks Bentley was set to take the stage. Bentley feared nobody would show up, however, he got a packed house. Opening strong with “I Hold On” and “Free and Easy” a eager Bentley showed just what he is made of.
The Mountain High Tour is packed with wonderful music and a great show. Bentley, who hit the country music scene back in 2003, has evolved tremendously since his first single was released. He seems grounded, peaceful and passionate. He works the stage more and has a great deal of confidence. There isn’t to many folks doing what he is doing. He is exceptionally diverse yet still country. His down home demeanor makes him one of country music’s most well liked artists. Time and time again. Boy did he out do himself.
Bentley, who delivered a fearless performance, is well on his way to earning the title of Entertainer Of The Year. If you are seeking a show full of grit, talent and passion, look no further. This one is the real deal.
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