MARQUETTE – Tickets are now available for a performance by country music artist Dierks Bentley at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19, at Northern Michigan University’s Berry Events Center.

            Best known for the hit single “What Was I Thinkin,” Bentley was born and raised in Phoenix, Ariz. He was turned onto country music at a young age by his father, who listened to George Strait and Hank Williams. At age 13, Bentley picked up an electric guitar and learned to play the rock songs that his classmates listened to. It wasn’t until high school that he discovered country music again and shifted his musical focus. 

            Bentley moved to Nashville at age 19 and immediately immersed himself in the local country music scene. He played at small bars and restaurants and eventually met Mike Ward, a musician who held the same attitude toward music that Bentley did. They began writing songs together, and with Ward’s encouragement, Bentley made a small-budget record titled Don’t Leave Me In Love. After the album reached the ears of Sony/Tree Publishing, Bentley was hired as a full-time songwriter.

            After years of devoting his time to writing songs, Sony/Tree gave Bentley the support he needed to move forward musically by pairing him up with Brett Beavers, another of their songwriters. The men released a few demos shortly after they began collaborating, and record labels began to show serious interest in their songs. Bentley chose to sign with Capitol, and was catapulted into stardom with the release of his self-titled album in 2003.

            Advance tickets are $16 for NMU students with ID and $22 for the general public, and are available at all EZ ticket outlets. Prices are $2 more for tickets purchased at the door. They may also be purchased by calling 227-1032 or visiting www.nmu.edu/tickets. This event is sponsored by Northern Arts and Entertainment.

Prepared By
Becky Kratz