*Sit back and relax guys- this is a longer recap since there were so many artists. I suggest that you pair this reading with a cup of tea. Or maybe some coffee. Or you know, whatever you’re into, it’s cool.
Fun (and little known) fact: Nashville LOVES country music. Ok that might not be surprising since Nashville is the “country music capital”, but tonight at Dierks Bentley’s Miles and Music for Kids Benefit- country was king. This is the 10th anniversary of Bentley’s benefit and every year the proceeds go towards Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.
Bentley is an avid motorcycle fan and he combines his love for bikes and music all in one event, starting out the afternoon with an hour-long motorcycle ride that ended at the Ascend Amphitheatre where the music begins. The night is set up for quite a few artists, and each set is pretty short- about 10 minutes. Newcomer Brooke Eden kicked the night off with a bang, and was followed by The Cadillac Three. Their sound has noticeable southern rock influences and it’s absolutely infectious, so it wasn’t surprising when they had the crowd up and dancing before long.
Cadillac vocalist and guitarist Jaren Johnston co-wrote the song “Raise ‘Em Up” which was a single featured on Keith Urban’s 2013 album, Fuse, and a duet with Eric Church. They treated us to a cover of the tune and it was a fantastic display of their extended songwriting skills.
Nashville resident Canaan Smith joined in after, his single “Love You Like That” was a clear crowd favorite and had everyone singing along- and also had us saying that we love Canaan Smith like that. Cole Swindell followed with a set that would get even your granny (the one who uses a walker and complains about the kids next-door being too loud) out of her sat and dancing like she’s Grandpa Joe from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Swindell loves to sing about girls and drinkin’ and the crowd loved him for it.
Thomas Rhett continued the night after Cole Swindell and memorably sang happy birthday to a girl in the crowd, effectively making it the best birthday she’s had. Swoon. If you don’t’ know already, Rhett has a live cover of the hit “Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)” by Silento hitting the internet this week- so look forward to that!
Florida Georgia Line took over next and put on an amazing show- singing their most well-known songs including “Round Here” and “Cruise”. They’ve got a great sense of fun and both BK and Tyler were all over the stage, getting the crowd involved in their songs. Fun side note: we noticed an uncanny similarity between BK and a certain pop star- if you want to know who it is, check out our Instagram post and let us know if you see it too.
Dierks Bentley ended the night with a bang and absolutely killed his set, his song “Riser” having a bit of special meaning as it was sung with the children who are part of the Miracle Network battling sickness and rising above it in mind. They took a moment before his set to do a quick auction of a guitar that was signed by all the artists at the event which was ultimately sold for a cool $45,000 which all went towards Monroe Carrel Jr Children’s Hospital. In all it was a beautiful night to get to celebrate and support the things that Children’s Miracle Network is doing for hospitals around the across the country.
All our photos from Dierks Bentley's set.
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