Dierks Bentley Proves He’s Country ‘Gold’ With Return To Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena

Dierks Bentley returned to Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on Friday (Aug. 26), delighting the capacity crowd with a three-dozen song, career-spanning…


Lauren Jo Black

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August 31, 2022


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Dierks Bentley; Photo by Zach Belcher

Dierks Bentley returned to Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on Friday (Aug. 26), delighting the capacity crowd with a three-dozen song, career-spanning set list.

The superstar took the stage just after 9 pm. Backed by his longtime touring band, including the newest addition, ACM acoustic guitar player of the Year, Charlie Worsham, the country hitmaker proved his superstar status as he captivated the audience for over two hours. 

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Bentley kicked things into high gear with an opening performance of his breakout hit, “What Was I Thinkin’.” From there, he went on to perform hits like “Burning Man,” “I Hold On, “Living,” and “Gone” before taking a moment to show his gratitude for the women on his team before “Woman, Amen.” 

Fans were also treated to a live performance of Bentley’s new single, “Gold,” from his forthcoming 10th studio album. 

In addition to performing many of his 21 career No.1 hits, the Arizona native also invited show openers Dustin Lynch, Elvie Shane, and DJ Aydamn to return to the stage to join him for “Beers On Me,” “Bad Angel,” and “5-1-5-0” (respectively). 

The show was also quite the family affair as Bentley’s daughters, Evie and Jordan, joined him to perform P!nk’s “All I Know So Far” and his son, Knox, provided the dance moves during “Drunk On A Plane.” 


@dierksbentley surprised in Nashville with a performance alongside his two daughters, Jordan and Evie. Together, they performed a cover of @pinkofficial’s AllIKnowSoFar.

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“Bridgestone Arena! When I think about this building, the first thing I think about is that it’s home to my favorite hockey team: the Nashville Predators,” Bentley shared from the stage in the midst of the show. “The main thing that I think about, though, is that this is the honky-tonk of Lower Broadway, y’all. It’s the biggest honky-tonk I know on Broadway!”

Bentley’s comparison to the Broadway honky-tonks made total sense, even more so when his comedy band, Hot Country Knights, took the stage to perform a slew of ‘90s country hits. 

The Hot Country Knights put their hilarious antics on full display as they performed a medley of hits like “Should’ve Been A Cowboy,” “She’s In Love With The Boy,” “I Hope You Dance,” and more. 

Closing the show with an energetic performance of “Sideways,” Bentley bid farewell to the Music City crowd on a high note. 

Dierks Bentley; Photo by Zach Belcher
Dierks Bentley; Photo by Zach Belcher

It’s hard to believe that after nearly two decades in this business Dierks Bentley had yet to be crowned Entertainer of the Year. He is certainly worthy of the honor, but as they say, nice guys finish last. It’s time that nice guys finish first.

Dierks Bentley will make his way to Villa Grove, Colorado this week for his star-studded Seven Peaks Festival. Featuring performances by Bentley, Morgan Wallen, Tracy Lawrence, Ashley McBryde, HARDY, Jordan Davis, and so many more, Seven Peaks will surely be a memorable way to close out summer 2022.  

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for Answers.com and her work being featured on Forbes.com. She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.