When Dierks Bentley does a live show, he does it up big and brought the loud energy to Camden, New Jersey, when he visited on his Mountain High Tour on May 20.
The show teamed up with a local radio station’s 34th anniversary celebration, which saw the likings of a few famous country music stars. Carly Pearce, Runaway June and Morgan Wallen all stopped by to perform prior to Bentley’s show, just to get the party started.
LANCO was first up on the main show’s bill, in which the five-part band performed six songs. Fans really went wild, though, when they broke out “Greatest Love Story” before moving off the stage for the next artist to come up.
The audience got excited once Brothers Osborne made their way up for their set, especially during hits like “It Ain’t My Fault” and “Stay a Little Longer.” Just off the heels of a brand-new album, the duo even previewed a few of their fresh tracks during their 10-song set.
Bentley turned the night into one big get-together as he mixed songs from his previous albums with that of his upcoming record, The Mountain. He even invited Bros and LANCO up separately for a couple songs during his hour-and-a-half long show. Nevertheless, the Arizona native created an emotional and intimate moment with the crowd by addressing all the issues going on in the world and how country music continues to prevail as one tight-knit community.
“It was just a hard year and all I know is when I meet people backstage and when I look on socials, you guys just have so much perseverance and I am so inspired by the way you guys battle through your own mountains and get through stuff. There is nothing like country music fans and you guys are risers and I want to send this song out to you guys for inspiring me. Thank you for your letters, your notes and the stuff you send us, your stories, they mean so much to me. They help me battle my mountains and try to be a better version of myself, this one goes out to all my risers out there, thank you guys for making us better people,” Bentley said right before taking on the inspiring hit, “Riser.”
It wouldn’t be a complete set from Bentley without performing his mega-hit, “Drunk on a Plane,” with everyone in the audience singing along to the hilarious lyrics.
Bentley’s Mountain High Tour runs throughout the summer and into fall, with dates scattered across the country until the final show at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles on October 13. Information about tickets and other details can be found on Bentley’s website.