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Dierks Bentley Throws a Hootenanny

Dierks Bentley photo courtesy of Capitol Nashville.

Dierks Bentley took his country act to Hollywood for the 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards and celebrated Saturday night with a Dierks-style hootenanny in West Hollywood, inviting friends from across all genres of music to join him onstage, reports the LA Times. Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, Hayley Williams of Paramore and Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys were just some of the stars on hand for a two and a half hour smorgasbord of music. Jamey Johnson, the Punch Brothers, and Kris Kristofferson also made appearances.

“We’re not running a tight ship here,” Dierks said at the beginning of the show.

He jammed to his own songs as well as cover songs such as Hank Williams’ “Your Cheatin’ Heart” with Zac Brown and “Gunpowder & Lead” and “Silver Wings” with Miranda Lambert. Sometimes, he played the role of backup band member to let others take over the mic, such as when Lady Antebellum performed a stripped down version of “Need You Now” and during a ‘countrified’ version of Paramore’s “The Only Exception.”

Hollywood also contributed a star or two to the act. Garrett Hedlund,who starred in Country Strong, got onstage to cover Kris Kristofferson’s  “The Pilgrim, Chapter 33” and Jessi Alexander, who co-wrote the Miley Cyrus hit “The Climb,” from Hannah Montana: The Movie joined Dierks on his song “Down In The Mine.”

The night wrapped up with an unlikely jam session of folk songs, including “Single Girl, Married Girl” and “Worried Man Blues” by Dierks, Dan Auerback and Del McCoury.

Of all the Grammy pre-parties, it looks like Dierks’ hootenanny may have been the place to be.


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