With hit songs such as “What Was I Thinkin’,” and “Come A Little Closer,” Bentley has long been a Music Row standout for devotion to his roots in classic country and bluegrass. Since making a life-altering drive with his father from Phoenix to Nashville when he was 19 years old, Bentley has forged his own path in an industry built predominantly on formula. He landed his first publishing deal in 2001 and released his debut album in 2003, producing an instant No. 1 single.
Throughout his career, Bentley has mixed elements of modern country, classic country, bluegrass and rock, maintaining an unmistakable identity while constantly reinventing his sound. The years since have revealed a rare consistency that has fueled longevity – eight albums that reached the top of the country music sales charts, resulting in 21 No. 1 songs, 6.4 billion streams, three CMA Awards, 14 GRAMMY® nominations and membership into the Grand Ole Opry.
Known for producing experimental country hits, The Cadillac Three will open the show with their boisterous, yet good-natured freewheeling vibe. Spending their formative years playing music together in basements and garages laid the foundation for the band to put their own spin on each new record. Lead singer and guitarist Jaren Johnston; bassist Kelby Ray; and drummer Neil Mason open a time capsule of their musical history together as they find common ground interweaving traditions of American popular music while proving new can still feel classic without being derivative.
Both collectively and individually, The Cadillac Three has been nominated for GRAMMY® and two consecutive ACM Awards’ Group of the Year, while Jaren picked up a CMA Triple Play for three No. 1 hits in 12 months. Amplifying Miranda Lambert and Little Big Town’s “Bandwagon” tour this year throughout the country alongside A-listers like Eric Church and Bentley, iconic rockers Metallica and Aerosmith or on their own, audiences on all sides of the world relish in The Cadillac Three’s uninhibited sets.