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May 13 2016 @ 7:00 pm
Vanderbilt University is one of the nation’s finest, and while many college-bound youths enroll there to become scientists or scholars, young Dierks Bentley chose Vanderbilt for a different reason: It’s in Nashville. The hard-working undergrad from Phoenix, Arizona earned his B.A. in 1997, officially studying English and the liberal arts while unofficially pursuing the highly competitive art of country music. By 2001, Bentley had progressed from fighting for open-mic slots to cutting an indie album. That release, Don’t Leave Me in Love, didn’t sell much but is now a collector’s item. It led to a contract with Capitol Records Nashville, which led to Bentley’s self-titled platinum album in 2003, and the rest is history. He is now touring in support of his 10th album, Black, which features “Somewhere on a Beach” and other laid-back ballads typical of the Bentley manner. You can catch him at First Niagara Pavilion with Randy Houser and Cam & Tucker Beathard. 7 p.m. 665 Rt. 18, Burgettstown. (MV)