Dierks Bentley’s Miles & Music for Kids Ascends to New Heights

Florida Georgia Line, Thomas Rhett, Cole Swindell Joining Him for 10th Annual Fundraiser

Get your motors running. Dierks Bentley is revving up his engine, ready to head out on the highway this fall with his annual Miles & Music for Kids charity motorcycle ride and concert.

It’s a big year for Bentley and the family-friendly event. The ride is celebrating its 10th anniversary and the concert promises to bring some of the biggest names in country music, including Florida Georgia Line, Thomas Rhett, Cole Swindell, the Cadillac Three, Canaan Smith and newcomer Brooke Eden.

Taking place Nov. 1, The hour-long ride begins at the Harley-Davidson dealership in Columbia, Tennessee, and ends at Nashville’s newest concert venue, the Ascend Amphitheater.

For Bentley, having the support of his friends and fans is absolutely thrilling and emotional for him, too.

“When I think about all the artists and riders and fans who have come out to support this event over the years, I get a little emotional,” he said in announcing this year’s fundraiser. “There is just no way for me to possibly say thank you enough.”

His emotions are understandable. The country star has watched his efforts go from a small joy ride and show to a massive motorcycle fleet and monster post-ride musical jam.

“We started out at the fairgrounds and then moved out to the Loveless Café,” Bentley recalls. “And then it grew so big, we took it to Riverfront Park. Now we’ve got the new Ascend Amphitheater locked down for this year. We are going to do everything possible to make No. 10 the best yet.”

Indeed, it does look like the best year yet. Miles & Music for Kids will help kick off CMA Week in Nashville.

Over the years, the event has raised more than $3 million for Children’s Miracle Network hospitals all over the nation. Bentley’s Nashville ride will raise money for a local facility — the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.

Tickets to this year’s event go on sale to the general public on Friday (Aug. 21) via Ticketmaster.

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.