By Jackson Holtz Herald Writer
Dierks Bentley aims high.
When the country singer rolls into Everett to play Comcast Arena on Saturday, he plans to unpack heaps of energy, lots of feeling and plenty of music.
No one in the audience should leave disappointed.
“I want it to be the best concert they go to this year,” Bentley, 36, said during a recent phone interview. “It’s a pretty high-energy show that really gets people having fun.”
Since bursting onto the Nashville scene in 2004, Bentley has swept in honors and awards. Last year, he was nominated for three Grammys.
His emotional performances have gained wider attention, too. When “Late Night” host Jimmy Fallon went looking for acts to perform Pink Floyd songs during a tribute week, he tapped Bentley to sing “Wish You Were Here.”
Although Bentley hesitated at first, he jumped at the opportunity when he heard he would be joining the ranks of the Foo Fighters and Pearl Jam.
The band loves playing the Pink Floyd song, and may perform it in Everett, Bentley said. It really depends on the vibe from the audience.
“I’ll do it if they want to hear,” he said. “Our whole show is really geared to the crowd.”
“Home,” the title track from Bentley’s newest album, is a tribute to America, written after the Tuscon, Ariz., shooting that killed six people and injured then U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Gifford. The song, with its patriotic lyrics, has become an anthem for many people serving in the military.
Honoring the small percentage of men and women who put their lives on the line to protect freedom is an important message, Bentley said.
“We always try to recognize them,” he said.
The show will be a combination of emotion and fun.
“I love watching people go crazy,” Bentley said. “Get ready to bring it. We’re going to rock.”
“It’s kind of like a big family reunion when we get out here,” Hoge said.
Country is enjoying a renaissance of authentic artists who, at their core, are singers and songwriters, he said.
“At the end of the day, if you write great songs, there’s a group of people there to listen to it,” Hoge said.
The show begins at 8 p.m. Saturday, Comcast Arena Everett, 2000 Hewitt Ave., Everett.
Tickets are $25 to $35 at comcastarenaeverett.com or 866-332-8499.
Jackson Holtz: 425-339-3447; firstname.lastname@example.org.