Dierks Bentley has an affinity for the old-school albums. We’re talking vinyl records. The format is far from the most popular these days, but it’s still big with Bentley.
The country superstar demonstrated his respect for records on Saturday by taking part in Record Store Day. He celebrated the fifth annual event with an in-store performance at Easy Street Records in Seattle’s Queen Anne neighborhood.
Fittingly, the show took place in the store’s vinyl section, where dozens of people packed in between the displays of old-school discs. If they glanced down from the stage the fans found themselves faced with a diverse array of album artwork with artists ranging from Eddy Arnold to Warren Zevon.
Leading up to Record Store Day, Bentley had said that he wishes the country crowd put more value into vinyl.
“Record Store Day is such a great event that has hardly had any attention in country music,” said Bentley. “Some of the coolest exclusive product comes out on this day at indy retailers, and I wanted country fans to be able to get in on the action. I may have a few surprise special guests up my sleeve too. I’m really excited to take over Easy Street for an hour that afternoon…Seattle is such a great music town.”
Bentley backed up his words about having a few surprises by tapping the local talent pool. He brought out guitarist Mike McCready from Seattle’s legendary Pearl Jam, who joined him for a country version of Pearl Jam’s “Just Breathe.” (See the fan-shot video below)
A second surprise came when singer Star Anna joined Bentley and McCready for a performance of The Rolling Stones’ “Dead Flowers.”
Later that night Bentley, along with the Eli Young Band and Will Hoge, continued his “Country & Cold Cans Tour” at Comcast Arena in Everett, WA. The tour now heads back East. For future dates visit Dierks’ official website HERE