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Wait, Did Dierks Bentley Just Trash Old School Country Music?

Jul 15, 2014 -- 5:28am

Dierks Bentley was recently talking about the growth of the CMA Music Festival . . . but he ended up trashing old school country music.

 

He said, quote, "I've been living in this town for 20 years and I've seen [the festival] go from the fairgrounds to the LP Field.  And what I love about it is that the music is so, I think, it's really young and current and it's happening. 

 

"It's really a modern thing that reflects where the music is.  This isn't like your grandfather's country music anymore.  It's not something hokey.  It's cool, it's hip, it's the thing to be doing.  It's what all the young kids are into."

 

Now, I have to think Dierks is half-joking, because I KNOW he respects old school country.  "Up On The Ridge" is almost a full-on bluegrass album featuring guest stars like Kris Kristofferson and Del McCoury. And if he wasn't trying to be funny, then I'm going to chalk it up to one of those times where the lips are moving faster than the brain.

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