Some of Dierks Bentley’s first Nashville gigs were the kind where he would just play for tips at places like the Springwater Supper Club and Lounge in the late ’90s. And now he’s going to be featured in an exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.
So, yes, every mile is indeed a memory.
“It’s crazy to be considered for something like this,” Bentley acknowledged in a press release announcing the exhibit. “The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is home to the most revered and influential country artists of all time.
“Just being in the building as a visitor is humbling, but to actually be featured in one of the museum’s exhibits is something I never would have believed if you’d suggested it back when I started chasing this dream down on Broadway.”
Bentley’s in such disbelief over the honor, he added, “I’m going to have to go down there to see it for myself to really make it sink in.”
The exhibition will have his guitars, song manuscripts, photos, stage clothes and more. Maybe even the old black duct-taped boots he always wore, then retired, then pulled out of retirement to appear with Taylor Swift last fall.
To kick off the exhibit, Bentley will do a special acoustic show in the museum’s CMA Theater on March 12. If you can’t be there, you can still watch it by streaming live at countrymusichalloffame.org/streaming.
The exhibit opens March 4 and runs through Sept. 6.