Metro Nashville Police Homicide Unit Investigating Death at Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row

The Metropolitan Nashville Police Department is investigating the death of 22-year-old Dallas Jordan Barrett of Smyrna, Tenn. after he was…


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August 17, 2021


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The Metropolitan Nashville Police Department is investigating the death of 22-year-old Dallas Jordan Barrett of Smyrna, Tenn. after he was reportedly involved in an altercation with members of the security team on the rooftop of Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row, located at 400 Broadway.

A statement from MNPD reveals that “Barrett’s death is unclassified at present pending an autopsy.”

The department responded to the rooftop of the bar at approximately 10:56 pm local time following a 911 call reporting a fight. The responding officers found Barrett on the floor and unresponsive. They began to administer CPR until the Nashville Fire Department arrived and relieved them. 

Barrett was then transferred to Vanderbilt University Medical Center where he was later pronounced dead.

The MNPD report states that detectives were told by bar staff that Barrett became unruly and was asked to leave the premises. According to staff, he began to to fight with the security staff, who allegedly pulled him to the floor and held him on the ground. At this point, Barrett became unresponsive. 

Riot Hospitality Group, the restaurant management company that oversees Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row, issued a statement via WSMV

“We are working with authorities and conducting an internal investigation to determine what happened,” Lissa Druss, External Communications & Government Relations for Riot Hospitality Group, said.

The MNPD is asking anyone who witnessed the altercation on the upper floor/rooftop area to please contact the department at 615-862-7019. They are also seeking video of the incident as detectives have only been able to view one cell phone video thus far. 

The District Attorney’s Office will determine who faces changes upon receipt of the investigative findings. 

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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 and her work being featured on 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.