Have Country Tours Put the Brakes on Partying?

Dierks Bentley, Tim McGraw, Miranda Lambert Among Those Seeking Healthier Lifestyle

Are the days of raising the roof and raising a little hell on the road over for country’s biggest stars?

Dierks Bentley’s Riser tour is currently underway, getting fans all fired up, rocking and rolling in true A-list fashion under those flashing stage lights. But is he doing the same behind the scenes of the tour?

Sort of. Though he’s not given it up altogether, Bentley admits he’s adjusted his party perspective as he’s gotten older.

“My younger self would laugh pretty hard at some of the stuff I do now,” he recently told People magazine. “Those early years touring, there was just so much Jagermeister. Now hangovers last a lot longer than they used to.”

Bentley says his solution was to “party smarter” and “drink light beer and pick my nights to go big.” He added, “I work out twice a day and am in the best shape of my life.”

Twice a day workouts and cutting back on the bubbly carbs show a serious dedication to his craft.

It sounds like a lot like Tim McGraw’s road regimen, too. Sharing his tricks to staying fit while on tour , he says his days consist of intense workouts and training and a complete absence of former vices. He’s 100 percent focused on his fans and his show, which has never been better, by the way.

Miranda Lambert reportedly loves having her trainer on the road and has admitted she has also cut back on some of her less healthy vices — mainly the junk food, according to an interview with Extra . We all know she now sticks to her famous Miranda-ritas, a lighter choice when the time for cocktail hour rolls around.

And these are just a handful of stars making concessions on the road in order to stay in prime condition for their fans, their families and themselves.

Are the days of partying hard and burning the barn down after a show long gone? Perhaps a bigger and better question is whether it matters if they are.

Does the Outlaw image projected onstage have to remain when the lights go down? Does the character in the song have to personally reflect the artist singing it?

Don’t get me wrong. I’m all about authenticity, but this isn’t a question of authenticity. Bentley, McGraw and Lambert are about as real as they come, which is why we love them. I think this is more about personal evolution and growth. Aren’t we all allowed to do this in our personal lives? It only seems just and fair to let our favorite stars do the same thing.

It makes me love them even more when they talk about bettering themselves and making changes they feel good about. They all know their duty to fans is to be at the top of their game, putting on the best show they can. Ultimately, they’re the kind artists of who always want to keep fans happy.

So as the Jagerbombs dwindle or disappear altogether — and workouts become the new normal — have no fear, fans. You’re still in for the show of a lifetime and perhaps an even better one than you might have seen otherwise.

Samantha is a country radio insider with a deep love for the music and its stars. She can often be found on a red carpet or at a late-night guitar pull.