Dierks Bentley to bring bluegrass to New England

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Country superstar Dierks Bentley has revealed plans for a spring tour to road test material from his forthcoming bluegrass album, Up on the Ridge. He’ll make his way to Massachusetts for a show at Showcase Live in Foxboro on Thursday, May 6. Tickets for the show are $27.50 and go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. through Ticketmaster.

 
Bentley will be backed by the Travelin’ McCourys, a quartet featuring the Del McCoury Band’s venerated mandolin player, Ronnie McCoury. The tour will give fans a taste of Up on the Ridge along with some of Bentley’s biggest hits reworked with new arrangements.
 
The Foxboro show will kick off a five show swing through New England. He’ll play The Music Hall in Portsmouth, New Hampshire on May 7, the Higher Ground Ballroom in South Burlington, Vermont on May 8, the Calvin Theatre in Northampton, Massachusetts on May 9, and finally the Port City Music Hall in Portland, Maine on May 22. Texas based singer/songwriter Hayes Carll will open all shows.
 
Up on the Ridge features Bentley working with some of the finest acoustic musicians in the world, including the Del McCoury Band and Chris Thile and the Punch Brothers. The album also features a number of vocal and instrumental contributions ranging from Alison Krauss and Miranda Lambert to Tim O’Brien and Sam Bush.
 
“The only way I know to explain what this new album is to all the fans is to just get out on the road and play it for them,” said Bentley in a press release. “I’ve been rehearsing and working on set lists already… every show is going to be different and really special. There aren’t any better acoustic musicians in the world than the Travelin’ McCourys, period… It’ll be a total blast.”

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