Dierks Bentley kicks off his “Gravel & Gold Tour” tomorrow (6/1) in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He has tapped Jordan Davis as direct support with a diverse group of special guests joining throughout the 28-city trek. They include Elle King, Tracy Lawrence, Tyler Braden, Caylee Hammack, Hot Country Knights, Kameron Marlowe, The Cadillac Three, The Red Clay Strays, Molly Tuttle & Golden Highway, Shane Smith & the Saints, Caitlyn Smith, and Hailey Whitters.
Bentley recently told us that he is really excited to see his opening acts on stage every night, and he feels the fans will feel the same. He said, “It’s a big group of various acts kicking things off every night, and it’s just exciting. So, just seeing their names excites me because this is the first time I’ve ever done a tour where we have rotating opening acts. It’ll be myself and Jordan Davis, and then just every night, a different person out there. I’m just so excited for this tour to get a chance to see different bands play.”
Dierks continued, “Molly Tuttle’s gonna be out there as well, the great bluegrass, and I know that Jordan’s super pumped about it, but also for fans coming to different shows, they might come and see us in one town, and it might be the Cadillac Three opening, and then they come to another town, and they get turned on to The Red Clay Strays. That’s really just exciting for them and for us. Like I said, just seeing their names on paper gets me excited, let alone actually when I see it on the ticket and walk out of my bus that morning and bump into Caitlyn Smith or Caylee backstage. It’s just gonna make for a great summer.”
He adds that he handpicked every artist on the road with him because he’s a fan of their artistry. He said, “I want people on the road that I absolutely 100% want to watch play every night. I got really lucky with Jordan Davis as our main opening support because he’s like on fire. It’s a win-win. He’s gonna help us bring more people into the show and gonna make everyone be super, be in a great mood before I even walk on stage, but I love his music. He’s just a very unique stylist vocally. He sings songs that are very true to who he is, so that’s awesome,” says Dierks. “I selfishly just love all these people. So, I handpicked all of ’em. They’re all people I want to watch play every night. Elle King? I mean, these are all like my friends or people I want to be my friends, (laugh) and I’ll be side stage every night watching them.”