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Dierks Bentley

Dierks Bentley

Nino Munoz

Luke Bryan, Dierks Bentley, Lee Brice 

When: Sun., Aug. 31, 6 p.m. 2014
Price: $24-$86
The conversation around current country music tends to assume that dudes with “chicks” and “beer” at the top of their to-do lists dominate the landscape, but the rush to cede that territory to the bros has shoved aside a few men who take breaks from partying for relatively introspective moments. Take Arizona native Dierks Bentley and his current single, “Drunk on a Plane,” from his seventh album, Riser (Capitol). The tune’s title spoils much of its story, sure, but the reasons the narrator has had a few go beyond “because the bar cart was there,” which gives it an aw-shucks pathos reminiscent of country’s best drinking songs. Throughout his career, Bentley has split the difference between arena-ready anthems and miniature narratives, and onstage he can turn a somber track such as the bluegrass-tinged “Up on the Ridge” into something that can fill a stadium. This summer Bentley has opened a couple dates for his old pal Luke Bryan, the king of bro country, who kicked off the current leg of his That’s My Kind of Night tour in May—and whose series of self-assured EPs about spring break can’t quite conceal his rough edges and goofiness. If Bentley’s previous appearances are any indication, Bryan will probably bring him out for a song or two during his headlining set. —Maura Johnston
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