Dierks Bentley and opening acts Eric Paslay and Randy Houser kicked off the last U.S. stop on the Riser Tour in Baltimore, MD on November 22, 2014.
EMI Nashville recording artist Eric Paslay took the stage wearing a black ball cap and a predictable (but trendy) pearl snap. Opening with “Like A Song,” I noticed immediately his vocals are God-given. They flowed effortlessly. The crowd seemed to enjoy his version of “Barefoot Blue Jean Night,” a song he wrote, but was performed by Jake Owen. Although his set was short, he made a huge impression. “She Don’t Love You” is the title of his new single just released to country radio. It’s also the highlight of his live set. A ballad filled with lyrical brilliance and soothing vocals, it’s sure to get your attention. Eric’s set ended perfectly with his two prior singles titled “Song About A Girl” and his first #1 as a singer “Friday Night.” If you want to know what true artistry is all about, Eric Paslay can show you a thing or two.
Randy Houser is one of the strongest male vocalists to ever grace country radio. If you want to keep your socks on, a Randy Houser concert isn’t the place for that. The man will damn near knock your socks off with his vocal range. From his starting song “Boots On” to his current single “Like A Cowboy” it was flawless. He has the kind of voice that is rare and full of power. There is no struggle, the notes just come naturally. I felt sorry for Dierks because following someone like Randy Houser is just asking for trouble. No, seriously, his vocals are like having a super power of some sort. They are out of this world.
Finally, the crowd was blessed with the one thing they had been waiting for…Dierks Bentley. He came out strong with “5-1-5-0” and continued on with “Free & Easy.” Although he doesn’t have the vocal range his fellow tour mates may have, he is a true entertainer. How he has never been nominated for Entertainer Of The Year is just a question many of us are left to ask. This is one man who truly loves his job and continues to bring his “A game” with every performance. Every night people throw random items onto the stage, yet he continues to crack jokes and switch the lyrics around to fit the situation at the time. If you want to be entertained, Dierks Bentley is the man you need to see. His stage presence can nearly bring the arena to the ground, it’s like someone lit the stage on fire. You can also hear your favorite songs at a Dierks show such as “Tip It On Back” and “What Was I Thinkin’.” However, for me, the highlight of the night was during “Bourbon In Kentucky.” It’s one of the best songs to see live. Given by the crowd participation I would say “Drunk On A Plane” was the home run for Dierks. It was the finale, the big bang. Every single person in that arena knew the words and chanted them proudly. Dierks Bentley is one of the top five best performers I’ve ever seen. Don’t believe me? Go see for yourself.
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