Posted by: Amy | May 1, 2010

April 29 – Dierks Bentley’s Up on the Ridge Tour, Greenville, SC

The country/bluegrass fans were out in full force on Thursday night in Greenville, SC.  In March Dierks Bentley announced his plans to do a bluegrass flavored tour in advance of the June release of his Up on the Ridge bluegrass album.  Dierks invited Texas-based, Lost Highway Records recording artist Hayes Carll to open the show.  He brought with him a two piece band which consisted of Bonnie Whitmore on the bass guitar and Travis Linville on the dobro. Hayes’ voice has a nice gravelly quality and his music has a folksy, Americana vibe.  His songs were mostly mellow and were a great way to start the show.  A highlight of the set was the duet by Hayes and Bonnie about an opposites attract couple.  I had not heard of Hayes before the show, but now that I’ve had some time to read his bio, I learned that he was received much critical acclaim in the Texas music scene and he had a song named the 2008 Americana Music Association’s Song of the Year.  I’m looking forward to checking out more of his music.

Hayes Carll

Hayes Carll

(P.S. He kind of looks like Ryan Gosling when he was shaggy and scruffy in The Notebook.)

Hayes Carll’s Set List

  • Wild As a Turkey
  • I Got a Gig
  • It’s a Shame
  • Beaumont
  • Little Rock
  • I’ve Never Seen Another Like You (duet with Bonnie Whitmore)
  • I’ve Been Everywhere Man
  • Bad Liver & a Broken Heart
  • Down the Road Tonight

Dierks’ set started with Rob McCoury and Jason Carter, one half of the Traveling McCourys, entering the stage and playing the banjo and the fiddle, respectively. They were soon joined on stage by the other two Traveling McCoury members Ronnie McCoury on the mandolin and Alan Bartram on the upright bass. Dierks brought along his drummer, Steve Misamore and his steel guitar player, Tim Sergent to round out the band. The show started with a bluegrass version of “Free and Easy (Down the Road I Go).” He continued through the night with acoustic/bluegrass driven versions of his hits and several tracks from his new album.

Dierks Bentley

Dierks Bentley

Dierks has long expressed his love of bluegrass and has included a bluegrass track at the end of each of his previous albums. He played “Good Man Like Me,” the bluegrass track from the Modern Day Drifter album. He also played bluegrassy covers of several decidedly non-bluegrass songs. Ronnie McCoury took a turn singing and performed Bob Dylan’s “Señor.” One completely spontaneous moment was during “How Am I Doin'” when Dierks was giving a toast to all exes. Tim started playing the opening bars of George Strait’s “All My Exes Live in Texas,” which resulted in an audience singalong. After “Exes” concluded, Dierks picked up where he’d left off of “How Am I Doin’.” It was really cool.

Dierks Bentley

Dierks Bentley

Dierks Bentley

Ronnie McCoury & Dierks Bentley

For the encore Dierks played his debut single, “What Was I Thinkin’.” Before he played the song, he talked about the power of a little white tank top. During the song two girls wearing white tank tops jumped on stage. Security was quickly there to remove them, but Dierks looked at the bouncer and said, “I don’t care!” However, security felt differently and made the girls get down. Dierks soon made a call for the “White Tank Top Army” to join him onstage. There was a mad rush to the stage as probably 15-20 girls hopped onstage. One random dude also jumped onstage and put his baseball cap on Dierks’ head. It was definitely interesting. After the song ended, Dierks was mobbed by girls wanting pictures with him. It was a pretty funny/intense scene. The chaos finally died down and Dierks and the band played an instrumental track before closing the show with the famous “East Bound and Down” from Smokey and the Bandit.

What Was I Thinkin'

Dierks Bentley

I don’t think that there is another artist in country music who is better to his fans than Dierks is. That was clearly evident during “What Was I Thinkin'” and after the show when Dierks walked the length of the stage to sign autographs and take pictures with as many fans as he possibly could. He’s an all-around class act! I will be completely honest. I was a little nervous that the show was would be too twangy for my taste, but it was actually just a great stripped down, acoustic show that was heavy on the banjo. Thanks to Dierks and his band, the Traveling McCourys and Hayes Carll for a fun night! The sheer amount of musical talent on stage from start to finish was astounding. It was a phenomenal show!

I can’t wait to see Dierks again at the Mile and Music for Kids event in Atlanta and at the album release/Last Call Ball during CMA Fest!

Final bow from Dierks & the Traveling McCourys

Dierks Bentley

Dierks & the Traveling McCourys’ Set List

  • Free and Easy (Down the Road I Go)
  • Instrumental
  • Fiddlin’ Around
  • Feel that Fire
  • Rovin’ Gambler
  • Tonight the Bottle Let Me Down
  • A Lot of Leaving Left to Do
  • Good Man Like Me
  • Up on the Ridge
  • Settle for a Slowdown
  • The Allman Brothers Band’s Midnight Rider
  • Bob Dylan’s Señor (Ronnie McCoury)
  • Hoyt Axton’s Evangelina
  • Sideways
  • Kris Kristopherson’s From the Bottle to the Bottom
  • Come a Little Closer
  • How Am I Doin’/George Strait’s All My Exes Live in Texas


  • What Was I Thinkin’
  • Instrumental
  • Jerry Reed’s East Bound and Down

Here are all of the pictures from the show.


  1. WOW! Incredibley sharp photos! Loved the review. I keep hoping someday he calls all the DB Congress shirts on stage! LOL

  2. Great review and pictures Amy! I’m going to the Charlotte show and was also a little apprehensive about what the show might be like…Thanks for letting me know I have nothing to worry about! 😉 See you soon!

  3. Love our review! The pics are great, especially the very last one! Love your DB Congress shirt idea, Ronna!

  4. Great show and yes he is great to his fans and fanclub! Can’t wait to hear it again in Charlotte!

  5. I’ve gotta tell ya .. I’ve been SO bummed about missing this show (when the tour stopped in Athens), but reading your review just helped ease the pain GREATLY. Still super-bummed that I wasn’t able to make it, of course, but you have an excellent way of taking the reader right along with you! Definitely the next best thing to being there!

    And, as always, your pictures blow me away!! Great job!!

    “I don’t think that there is another artist in country music who is better to his fans than Dierks is.” – I’ve spoken the very same words more times than I can count. It’s the truth. He is, by far, the very best. Ever.

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