CMA Fest begins this Thursday, and it will be a busy week for Dierks Bentley. His new album The Mountain will be released on Friday. The day before, he is the CMA Artist of the Day, appearing at the Closeup Stage in the Nashville Convention Center. Then that night, he performs a special late night show at the historic Ryman Auditorium. He previewed the show for Country Countdown USA’s Lon Helton:
“We’re doing a special Opry late night thing at the Ryman, just for the hard core fans who want to hear the album before it comes out. We’re gonna play the album in its entirety top to bottom, I’ve never done that, start from track one to track thirteen totally live. As a fan, I’d love to have the first time I hear a record live at the Ryman. Then when it ends at midnight, you can go buy it. For the hardcore fans, here for CMA Music Fest Week, you can hear the whole album in its entirety.
What are the chances the party will move to Whiskey Row? You know, considering it’s two steps from the back stage of the Ryman, it’s a pretty good chance we’ll slide over there. That’s when I’ll pull my rookie night, I’ll have a huge hangover Friday morning. Great!”
Then on Sunday, Dierks plays the final night at the stadium: “It’s always an honor. I always wanted to be part of Fan Fair. I remember watching the stadium show my first year, and now, I get to headline Sunday night is something I don’t take lightly. We’ve started working on the performance to make it stand out. It’s a big deal!”