Dierks Bentley’s New Whiskey Row

A few weeks ago, Dierks Bentley opened a Whiskey Row bar in downtown Nashville.  Lots of stars came out for the grand opening.  Dierks talked about it with Country Countdown USA’s Lon Helton:

(Lon) You actually broke the news on this show two years ago that you were going to open this bar: “That makes me laugh, because little did I know it would be two years. I think we thought we’d open two months later.  We learned a lot about building in an historic area. That building was two buildings, so we had to knock out the center wall, but that support it all with steel.  So none of the walls are load bearing walls.  Last year was tough because we missed so many events.  But it is open now, it looks great, the attention to detail will make it worth it for the long run.”

There are three levels, and a rooftop bar, take me though each of the levels: “I got a text from Kelsea Ballerini the other day, she was up in the rooftop bar.  I actually haven’t been up there yet myself.  But you know who’s been there a lot is Cole Swindell.  They should put his name up on the sign.  He’s there all the time.  Maybe I should give him a key to the back door. It’s fun, I jumped on stage there the other night, been there twice, it’s literally ten minutes from my house. My band’s there once a month, doing 90s country, I get up there and sing a little bit.  It takes me right back to when I was giggin’ down there.  I loved having a gig downtown. Now to have your own place, your name out front, the stage is always set up, it makes it a lot of fun. The second floor has a stage and a DJ, and a rooftop bar.  So it’s a good spot.  I’m ready to go right now.”

Dierks mentioned 90s country, and that was a theme of opening night.  Among the guests was Jon Pardi: “I just signed a picture, I blew up a picture of us on stage together playing our Martin guitars, he’s one of my favorite people.”  Maren Morris was there too: “Yeah, she and her fiancé Ryan Hurd were there, they hung out, they sang, she did Strawberry Wine, and the funny thing was Ryan did a Shania Twain song. So unlike him, but he really embraced it.  She was celebrating her first #1 that night.”  Also Kelsea Battlerini: “I appreciate the support.  Her voice wasn’t feeling that great, but for her and her new husband Morgan to come down there means a lot.  And finally Thomas Rhett was there: “Yes, he got up there and did That Ain’t My Truck, that his dad recorded years ago. That song, talk about having legs, it never gets old.”

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