On Monday, January 22, we headed to have lunch at Whiskey Row, Dierks Bentley's new bar on Broadway in Downtown Nashville.
Gathered on the second floor of Whiskey Row, Bentley, Brothers Osborne and LANCO took the stage to discuss their upcoming 2018 Mountain High Tour. The tour had been announced just a few hours before, with a hilarious video of Bentley and the band members spending some time, well, Mountain High.
Getting more insight into the video throughout the conversation, perhaps the most fascinating fact was that John, TJ, and the members of LANCO all simultaneously threw up on command in the video, no special effects involved. Bentley told the story behind their commitment, “there's a lot of dedication to actually make yourself gag. I mean, these guys ate like Twinkies and dirt and all sorts of stuff, and then they threw up on cue."
Bentley and the rest of the Mountain High Tour team spent the hour-long luncheon reflecting on the gratitude they feel to have this experience. Bentley made it repeatedly clear just how little he takes this for granted, highlighting the fact that this is only his fourth year capable of headlining at this capacity.
“When you start trying to headline, sometimes you can write music that helps you headline, and you start putting those two worlds together," Bentley explained. “I found out it just didn't work that way. I hit kind of this ceiling where it wasn't going to go anywhere. I decided to opt out. The reboot was kind of like a restart where you didn't know whether the computer would turn back on or not. I felt like I didn't have any other choice. I was ready to walk away if I didn't."
Focusing on nothing other than recording his album, Bentley traveled to Telluride with his frequently collaborators, removing the distractions of Nashville and his family. The finished product? A deeply reflective, nature-inspired project, fully immersed in the surroundings of Telluride. “It's the same way you had that freedom when you first start making records, that reckless abandon just to be you," Bentley told us. “You have nothing else to go for. When you have a little bit of success, I find that you can go back to that because you have nothing to lose as well."
Bentley revealed that his wife's favorite song on his upcoming album, The Mountain, is a track titled “Burning Man." Other songs on the album are inspired by nature, including a song about the sun. It's safe to say we can't wait to hear the songs he spent the afternoon discussing.
Taking these songs on the road “feels like a second career almost, a second chance" for Bentley. He explained that “it's not about making money, it's about my life. I want to have a great summer, have a lot of fun, make great memories."
It was a no-brainer for Brothers Osborne to accept the opening slot on tour. John expressed their excitement for the tour, “it's an easy fit. There's really no question. Do you want to go out with Dierks? I mean, hell, we'd go out with [him] for a weekend just to hang out. And we get to play music for people? Really, it was really a no brainer for us."
You can get tickets for select dates of the 2018 Mountain High Tour through the MegaTicket this Friday.
First Announced 2018 MOUNTAIN HIGH TOUR Stops:
St. Louis, MO
Kansas City, MO
Darien Center, NY
Saratoga Springs, NY
Salt Lake City, UT
Virginia Beach, VA
New York City, NY
West Palm Beach, FL
Mountain View, CA
San Diego, CA
Los Angeles, CA