Dierks Bentley Bids Heartbreaking Farewell to Cancer-Stricken Fan with Private Bedside Concert

“Rest In Peace Baylee Barradas,” Bentley wrote about his lifelong friend.


Madeleine O’Connell

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June 21, 2021


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Dierks Bentley took to social media to share a heartfelt goodbye to a young fan who recently lost her battle with cancer. 

The superstar first introduced his fans to Baylee Barradas in May. After learning about Barradas from a hometown friend, Bentley jumped at the chance to meet and give a private concert in her home. At the time, he even Facetimed Kelsea Ballerini, who was also one of Baylee’s favorite singers, so that they could chat together. 


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On Monday (June 21), Bentley shared the disheartening news that this sweet, country music loving soul had passed away. After spending the weekend with Barradas, Bentley was able to play a final concert for her, as he strummed the guitar and sang his song, “I Hold On,” while surrounded by her friends and family. 

“Up until a month ago, I thought that the free gigs led to the gigs where I got paid in beer, and then tips on lower Broadway, to the clubs and theaters…working my way up towards bigger crowds and the biggest shows at msg and Bridgestone arena and my hometown arena in phx,” he wrote. “Seeing now that I had it upside down…those big shows were all just preparation for my most important show, for an audience of one.”

Bentley’s touching social media post included photos of him by her beside in the final moments and one of him holding her hand on last time. 

“The phrase honored and humbled gets used a lot but it is the only one appropriate for how it felt to be included by this family and be able to spend this past weekend with them, Baylee and her friends, and her dogs Aarlo and Arnie,” Bentley continued. 

Bentley also shared a wise message from Baylee’s father that anyone can benefit from hearing. He said, “it’s never too late to make a lifelong friend,” which is exactly what Bentley and Barradas found in each other, a lifelong friend.


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Seeing the impact he made on Barradas’ life gave Bentley a whole new perspective on what it means to be a country music artist. He realized there is no show, no matter how big, that could compare to these private concerts he shared with Barradas. 

In his post, Bentley also thanked several other artists such as Ballerini, Luke Bryan, Thomas Rhett, Tyler Hubbard and Cole Swindell for their efforts in putting a smile on Barradas’ face with their video messages.

Baylee Barradas’ story has gone on to reach thousands of people via social media. 

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Madeleine O’Connell graduated from North Central College with a bachelors degree in Journalism and Broadcast Communications before deciding to pursue her studies further at DePaul University. There, she earned her masters degree in Digital Communication & Media Arts. O’Connell served as a freelance writer for over two years while also interning with the Academy of Country Music, SiriusXM and Circle Media and assisting with Amazon Music’s Country Heat Weekly podcast. In addition to Country Now, she has been published in American Songwriter, Music Mayhem, and Holler.Country. Madeleine O’Connell is a member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.