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Dierks Bentley: Station Inn

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If you think of bluegrass as country music’s cousin from the mountains, it would only make sense that an artist like Dierks Bentley would love Nashville’s Station Inn.

The place is practically a shrine to bluegrass and its deep Appalachian roots. When you walk in, you’ll see boarded-up windows and mismatched chairs. You can take in a show in seats from Lester Flatt’s old tour bus.

But the music is amazing. All the bluegrass greats have played at the Station Inn. Bill Monroe, Ralph Stanley, Del McCoury, The Sidemen, Alison Krauss and Union Station, plus countless other talented musicians, have played within the venue’s poster-filled walls. It’s a nightly celebration of country music’s bluegrass heritage.

So when 19-year-old Dierks Bentley walked into the Station Inn and first heard The Sidemen playing on the cramped stage, a love affair with bluegrass was ignited that continues today.

From his first recordings to his latest, Home, Dierks knits ancient and modern sounds that give the music a timeless quality. The songs he first heard at the Station Inn echo throughout his work.

Dierks’ custom acoustic guitar is a Martin Signature HD Dierks Bentley. It’s perfectly crafted for giving country music an earthy bluegrass flavor.

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