Country star Dierks Bentley named his last album The Mountain — but earlier this week he had a bit of trouble with one. Bentley was out for a mountain bike ride when he took a spill, he tells Maryland radio DJ Michael J, injuring his hand enough that it required a trip to the emergency room.
Calling in to Michael J’s show on Tuesday (June 25), Bentley had to apologize for being a little late. He was just walking out of the hospital, he explained, where he was fitted for a temporary splint.
“[I was] just trying to get my summertime on before I get back out on the road,” Bentley said about the crash, “and I just took a wipe, and my wrist is a little messed up.”
Bentley is currently out on his 2019 Burning Man Tour with Jon Pardi, Tenille Townes and his country parody band, Hot Country Knights, but says he decided to take some outdoorsy downtime in Colorado. He spent a few days visiting the famous Telluride Bluegrass Festival — which was a big part of the inspiration behind his last album — and was hitting one of the nearby trails when his bike crash happened.
“But it’s lucky,” Bentley joked. “It’s my left hand, and I drink beer with my right, so I should be good to go for the rest of the summer.”
Bentley also said he wasn’t sure yet if he’ll need a full cast, but doesn’t think the injury will hamper his always-energetic shows.
“It’ll be fine. It’ll be all good,” he said. “It’s not gonna slow me down much.”
The Burning Man Tour resumes Saturday (June 29) in Clarkston, Michigan, and runs through September 8 in Sacramento, California. That should be plenty of time for him to heal up.