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  • Dierks Bentley performed the first concert in his 48-city Mountain High Tour throughout North America on May 18 at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia.
    Photo courtesy of Mike Hall
    Dierks Bentley performed the first concert in his 48-city Mountain High Tour throughout North America on May 18 at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia.
  • Brothers Osborne, a Maryland country duo from Deale, was part of the two-set warm-up act.
    Photo by Larry Sells
    Brothers Osborne, a Maryland country duo from Deale, was part of the two-set warm-up act.
  • Starting off the evening was LANCO, who played a set list that included their popular song “Born to Love You.”
    Photo by Larry Sells
    Starting off the evening was LANCO, who played a set list that included their popular song “Born to Love You.”

Dierks Bentley Kicks Off Mountain High Tour At Merriweather Post Pavilion

Larry Sells
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Attending the Dierks Bentley Mountain High Tour at Merriweather Post Pavilion on Friday night, May 18, was a great remedy for a bad case of cabin fever brought on by eight consecutive days of rain. Though the rain continued to pour, the Columbia venue was fully packed with concertgoers both under the roof and in the outside lawn seats.

Starting off the evening was LANCO, who played a set list that included their popular song “Born to Love You.” They were entertaining and the start of a two-set warm-up act that also featured Brothers Osborne, a hometown Maryland country music act from Deale. Brothers Osborne started off with “Shoot Me Straight,” which set the tone for their performance. They quickly followed up with “Down Home,” then “Rum” and a mellow “Weed, Whiskey and Willie.” They kicked it up a notch with “Drank Like Hank” and finished with a flurry with their hit song “It Ain’t My Fault,” which featured a pounding drum beat and fantastic electric guitar throughout.

Lead vocalist TJ Osborne and skilled guitarist John Osborne were loudly cheered as they finished their set, unveiling and waving two Maryland flags, much to the delight of the crowd.

Their performance thoroughly warmed up the audience, which was fired up to see what they really came for — Dierks Bentley, the main act of the night.

Bentley took the stage for the first concert of his 48-city Mountain High Tour throughout North America, now through October. Bentley played a mix of old songs and some songs from his new album “The Mountain.” As a husband and father of three who faced a long ascent to the pinnacle of country music stardom, Bentley shared new songs that look ahead to a promising future instead of reflecting on a past marred by heartbreak. Starting with his first song “The Mountain,” Dirks then shifted to past hits “I Hold On,” “Free and Easy,” “Burning Man,” “5-1-5-0,” “Different for Girls,” “Riser,” “Tip It On Back,” “What Was I Thinking” and “Sideways,” to name a few, then finished with encore hit “Drunk on a Plane.

Bentley’s band was fantastic, and Bentley himself had a high energy level throughout. Several times, he left the stage to perform in the crowd, including on the lawn, where patrons were enduring pouring rain.

Even with the off-and-on rain, all fans left with a great experience albeit a little wet. The Dierks Bentley Mountain High Tour is off and running and is something not to miss.


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