Dierks Bentley: When He Saved Jordan Davis At A Canadian Airport
Jordan Davis was recently asked if he has had a chance to fly with his tour headliner Dierks Bentley. Dierks is a pilot who flies his own Cessna plane to shows nationwide. Jordan said his tour boss saved him recently and helped him make a show.
Davis told us, “First show of the tour, I’m sitting on an Air Canada flight plane in Toronto. It’s an hour delayed. Everybody knows Air Canada is terrible. So I was like, ‘This flight is gonna get canceled; I’m gonna miss the first day of the Dierks tour.’ Then I get a message from my manager that says, ‘Hey, get off the plane; Dierks is gonna re-route and pick us up.”
Jordan continues, “True story. He swoops in and picks us up with caked-on sunscreen in his Dierks gear: flip-flops and shorts. I was like, ‘Thanks, dude, for picking me up,’ he says, ‘Yeah man, hop in, we’ll take off.’ We fly to Canada going down to land, something’s on the runway, and we have to pull back up. Dierks is flying the airplane, not like co-piloting; he’s flying the airplane, goes down, pulls back up, circles back around, comes in, and in one of the smoothest landings I’ve ever had in a PJ (personal jet), he flies in a PJ, he’s rich.”
Davis adds with admiration, “So, I gotta say, there’s nothing the guy can’t do.”
Bentley and Jordan are playing shows in California this week. Then they are heading to Oregon next week on Dierks’ “Gravel & Gold Tour.”
We recently chatted with Bentley about his album Gravel & Gold, and he told us how he found Elle King for the 2016 collaboration “Different For Girls,” which won a CMA Award in 2016 for Vocal Event of The Year.
He told us, “When you’ve got a collaboration on a record, we had the song ‘Different For Girls,’ and I was looking for who could make the song bigger than it is. I’m lucky to have had collaborations with Maren (Morris ) and Kacey (Musgraves), but that one was just trying to find someone that no one else was using.”
Bentley continued, “I knew the song ‘X’s and Oh’s,’ and I was talking to my manager, and her name came up. And I said, ‘How do we get in touch with her? She’d be awesome, although she seems kind of crazy, and she probably would hate us.'”