So if you've been paying attention you've probably deduced that during the summer touring season, Blossom Music Center is Country music central (with a healthy dollop of classic rockers package tours)with its annual visits from Toby Keith and which ever other Country superstar in on the road at the time. This season is no different here's a big one.
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MIRANDA LAMBERT & DIERKS BENTLEY
AUGUST 10 – BLOSSOM MUSIC CENTER
BRETT ELDREDGE AND GWEN SEBASTIAN TO SUPPORT
Locked & ReLoaded Tour 2013
Cleveland, OH – If you’re excited by the idea of seeing Miranda Lambert and Dierks Bentley hitting the road together this spring and summer on the Locked & Reloaded Tour, you have a country legend to thank: Merle Haggard. It was the Hag—or, more specifically, one of his songs—that first brought Miranda and Dierks together. While appearing at the same festival early in both of their careers, Dierks overheard Miranda’s set and was surprised by her choice of a cover song in particular.
“She was singing Haggard’s ‘The Bottle Let Me Down.’ I could not believe she was doing that song, because you don’t hear shuffles much anymore in Nashville,” recalls Dierks, checking in from rehearsals prior to the tour’s kickoff.
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With the release of Four the Record, Miranda comes bearing some baggage of her own – the precious kind, well-earned over the course of three highly loved (and unanimously platinum) prior albums. Her accolades could fill a whole set of trunks.
To point out just one carry-on case’s worth of kudos: Miranda made history when Four The Record debuted at Number 1 making her the first artist in the 47 year history of the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart to have all four of their first four albums debut at that spot. Lambert is country’s reigning female vocalist of the year, as bestowed by both the Country Music Association (for the second straight year) and the Academy of Country Music. She’s won the prized album of the year trophy from both organizations, as well – from the ACMs for her second record, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, and from the CMAs and ACMs for her third, Revolution. She received the top country female vocal performance honor at the most recent Grammy Awards for “The House That Built Me.” And, lest all her honorifics be so high-minded, she’s been named one of People magazine’s Most Beautiful People and one of Maxim’s Hottest Women of Country. Frequent flyers can hardly rack up more awards points than that.
The tone for Dierks's career was truly set in 2005. He won the CMA's Horizon Award for most exceptional emerging artist. And his passion for and stewardship of classic country music earned him membership in the Grand Ole Opry, where he was the third youngest artist ever to be inducted. The first Grammy Award nominations came in 2007 and they quickly became routine. Through the critically acclaimed Up On The Ridge album, he's earned ten Grammy nods. And throughout, Dierks has pursued a broad-based strategy on the road, juggling arena dates supporting George Strait with club and college shows and now balancing headliner status in country music settings with gritty, jammy tours of rock venues.
"I walk a different path," Dierks says. "Because of my love of acoustic music, I have opportunities to do different musical things. It's not just one type of show, which I really think would be a lot easier!" Reflecting on a career that's sent him from the bars of Lower Broadway to the top of country music, Dierks is a mix of amazement, gratitude and determination. "I don't know what the next ten years holds but I think I've put myself in a position where I can satisfy all of the different things that I love about music."
For more info on Miranda Lambert, visit www.mirandalambert.com and @mirandalambert
For more info on Dierks Bentley, visit http://dierks.com and @DierksBentley