Dierks Bentley made his way to Treasure Island on the 1st stop of his 2022 Beers On Me Tour, bringing ACM Award Winner Ashley McBryde with as the opening guest.
Technically speaking local artist Shane Martin got the crowd warmed up on the Pre-Party side stage. Shane usually has his bandmates with him, not today though. Shane was himself the full act, or as he calls it one-man-band style. Singing a mix of Country Music favorites along with some of his original music. Shane introduced his new single “Candles On The Cake,” which dropped earlier in the day.
Ashley McBryde had the honor of kicking the night off on the main stage. Unfortunately, the crowd that was slowly drifting in missed one hell of a show from this badass.
This was probably my 5th or 6th time seeing Ashley and her band play. Her show has markedly improved since I first saw her several years ago as one of the opening acts at a small northern festival.
A few things that haven’t changed are that gorgeous voice of hers, and the sense of humor she carries through her performance. Whether it be her tongue-in-cheek chats about how a couple of her songs were written in the hotel room or her hamming it up on stage – this lady definitely is not camera shy.
Finally, it was time for Dierks Bentley to hit the stage. This was actually my 1st time covering him and all I can say is this guy is one huge ball of energy. We saw him bouncing around the stage, jumping up and down, and fist-pumping and pounding through the entire show. It was almost like watching a country version of Bret Michaels.
Dierks came out blazing, starting the night out with his biggest hit, the #1 hit from his debut album “What Was I Thinking“, followed by a more current hit “Burning Man.”
Dierks says to the crowd “let me introduce a member of the band since I won’t be talking too much”.
First of all, he talked quite a bit throughout the night. Second and most importantly this band member who is new to the Dierks and the crew has his own following. Dierks snagged him for the entire summer schedule. Dierks finally introduces Charlie Worsham, who is well known in the country circle.
Later on, Dierks brought Ashley back and this is where she stole the show from him, as her voice took center stage over everyone else as they did a cover version of Charlie Daniel’s “The Devil Went Down To Georgia“, along with Dierks song “Bad Angel.”
Just like the name of the tour, the beer was on Dierk. As long as you were within the first 10-12 rows of the stage, that is. Dierks handed or threw out about a 12-pack of beer. Saying the best beer is a free beer. He’s not wrong.
In the song “Beers On Me” Dierks mentions the drinks have been flowing, we’re not quite ready though. Of course, he’s referring to the last song of the night.
Halfway through the set, Dierks and the band took a breather as they pulled out a couple of stools and sat down for a small acoustic set. Starting the two-song set out with “Lots Of Leaving Left To Do” before asking the crowd what the next song should be, settling into “Settle For A Slow Down” as the audience choice.
Dierks broke into the song “Riser” as a tribute to the horrible shooting down in Texas. Thankfully that was the only somber moment of the show.
The night ended with a claim that I think we’re finally ready as Dierks broke into the Mega-Hit “Drunk On A Plane.” Coming out onto the stage was a young boy wearing a Top Gun Shirt. Hopefully, Maverick isn’t the one drunk on a plane.