Unlike one of the hit songs off of his newly released album, Home, Dierks Bentley clearly was not the only one who wanted to have fun last Saturday night at the first stop of his Album Release tour. Hard Rock Cafe, in Boston, MA, turned into the ultimate party for any country music fan with an intimate acoustic set from Bentley playing old fan favorites along with a showcase of some of his own favorite songs off of his new album.
The sold out show, hosted by local Boston country radio station, Country 102.5, featured no opening act; Dierks Bentley performed promptly at 8:00 pm and performed an hour long set taking requests and talking with the crowd as if they were all old friends and family. The crowd, full of rowdy and cowboy-boot wearing fans (some of the nicest concert goers I have ever met, I might add) and probably the largest amount of beer that the Hard Rock has ever sold at any concert in Boston, was ecstatic as Dierks and two of his bandmates took the stage. Before Dierks kicked off the show with his party-starting song, “Sideways,” Country 102.5 took the stage to announce that there would be a raffle for a top of the line electric guitar signed by Dierks himself. All proceeds from the raffle as well as all proceeds from the concert sales went to helping the children at Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center. At the end of the night, Dierks handed off the guitar to the winner himself, offering up a hug to the lucky fan as well.
With Dierks Bentley’s bandmates, Dan and Brian, accompanying him on fiddle, guitar, and mandolin, every song he played gave the audience a unique and personal experience that they can’t get from his studio albums. Bentley played countless songs to the crowd throughout the night, often taking requests from audience members. Whether a new fan or an older and long-time dedicated fan, there was something for everyone Saturday night with songs ranging from older tunes with an acoustic twist such as “Free and Easy” and “What Was I Thinkin’” that the crowd loudly and proudly sang along to, all of the way to freshly released songs off of the new album, such as “When You Gonna Come Around.” A broken down and moving performance of the title song, “Home,” had his fans raising their drinks in the air and singing along, representing some of the famous patriotism and hometown pride that country music fans are known for. One of the highlights of the night included his performance of “Am I The Only One,” where he proudly added a third verse which showed his very clear love for the Patriots, causing the crowd to go wild.
Besides absolutely incredible performances of some of his most impressive songs, Dierks spent a good amount of time talking with the crowd as if he had known all of them for years. He pointed out that this was his first time performing in Boston on a Saturday night. He also made a crowd-pleasing point that Boston is one of his favorite cities, much thanks to the excessive quantity of bars, the incredible amount of history that the city holds, and of course, the fact that the Freedom Trail apparently leads to a bar. Although he’s an Arizona native, Dierks also shared with us that he moved to Nashville at the young age of 19 where he made his way to fame by playing bars every night. He has been signed with major record label, Capitol Nashville, since 2003.
Overall, with a crowd of approximately 300 people, the intimate show proved to be an unforgettable night of everything country music stands for – love, patriotism (for the Patriots, too!), family, beer, and music that brings you “Home,” no matter where you are. Dierks Bentley’s latest album, Home, is out now. Be on the lookout for his tour (also joining up with Eli Young Band) coming to a town near you!