Lon’s co-host this week is Dierks Bentley. Dierks was back in Nashville after spending most of the last year in Colorado. He said, “When the pandemic hit, I was in Colorado, so I just stayed put, and put our kids in school out there. I spent a lot of time with my kids. I’m ready to get back out on the road, but made up for lost time with my family.”
While in Colorado, Dierks entertained some country stars, including Thomas Rhett & family: “They came out, and TR played me some new songs that he was working on, and I’m really proud of him, he’s a hard worker, and now they’re gonna have four kids. It’s crazy!”
Dierks said he will once again bring his kids on the road with him this year: “What’s great about having kids on the road is seeing it through their eyes. That makes it more fun for me. When they come out, there’s more to do, more fun, and I can’t wait for it to begin.”
Dierks Bentley’s Beers On Me Tour will kick off in August. Joining him will be Riley Green and Parker McCollum. As it turned out, Parker was in the building, so we pulled him in the room with Dierks & Lon, and Parker said, “I’m getting paid to learn how a tour operates. I will steal everything I can. But the tour is called ‘Beers On Me’ tour, we’ll be lucky if we still have our four limbs by the time we get back to Nashville.”
We had heard that Dierks was causing some trouble at this year’s ACM Awards, so Lon asked him about it: “It was the most bizarre awards show I’d ever been a part of. I was in the Opry House, just me and the Male Vocalist nominees. So when they announced Thomas Rhett, I said ‘Sucks.’ Then Eric Church. ‘Over-rated.’ When I realized no one could hear me, it was game on. I’m there for comic relief. That’s why I get nominated.”
This Sunday is Father’s Day, so what is Dierks hoping for? “What I really want is peace & quiet, have a cup of coffee in the morning without some sort of crazy fight breaking out, or the dog peeing on the couch. But the kids get excited about it, so whatever makes them happy will be great.”
Dierks also has great stories this week about Luke Bryan, Chris Stapleton, Riley Green, Eric Church, and Luke Combs.
NEXT WEEK: Jordan Davis