Dierks Bentley kicks Toledo’s weekend off on a high note

Dierks Bentley kicks Toledo’s weekend off on a high note

Dierks Bentley and company brought non-stop country music to the Huntington Center during his The Mountain Tour, and fans were clearly there for a good time.

Bentley began his hit-making ways with his 2003 self-titled album, and he has developed quite a catalog to choose from when preparing a setlist. He played a strong mix of old and new, satisfying his fans of all ages.

He stuck mostly to his uptempo hits opening with “The Mountain” — from his latest album Burning Man — followed by “Up on the Ridge” and “Somewhere on a Beach.”

Throughout the night, a giant screen transported the audience around the world and beyond — from the mountains to the beach and even to the moon.

Things slowed down slightly with his rendition of “Woman, Amen,” during which he used the screens to pay tribute to some of country music’s legendary women, including Reba McEntire, Loretta Lynn, Miranda Lambert, and Brandi Carlile, to name a few. It was a nice shout-out in an age where women don’t seem to get the respect they deserve in Nashville.

A similar recognition was offered during “Living,” which featured snapshots of his friends and family throughout.

As Bentley reminded the audience, “There’s a difference between being alive and living.”

He took advantage to of a smaller stage to reach more fans for performances of “Am I the Only One,” “Come a Little Closer,” and “Say You Do.” “Come a Little Closer” might slow things down a bit, but all the couples in attendance were grateful for its inclusion.

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