All the Hits From Dierks Bentley’s #DierksDowntown

Coal Swindell Joins Him at Legends

“You spend your whole life hoping to get on a bus and get on the road and then you think, ‘Wouldn’t it be cool to go back and play a show on Lower Broadway?’”

That’s what Dierks Bentley said on Monday night (Nov. 14), when he did go back to play a show on Nashville’s Lower Broadway.

According to The Tennessean, Bentley played for two hours for about 300 people at Legends. In a press release, Bentley said he wanted to go back to a time when he had no money and just played for the love of music.

He started the show with his way-back set list, including George Jones’ “Why Baby Why,” Merle Haggard’s “Running Kind,” and Hank Williams’ “Moanin’ the Blues.”

Then Cole Swindell joined Bentley on stage to do his own best ’90s covers: Joe Diffie’s “John Deere Green” and Randy Travis’ “Forever and Ever, Amen.” Bentley told the audience that when he first met Swindell, he thought his first name was spelled, “Coal.”

“So I still have him in my phone as C-O-A-L, and I’m never gonna change it,” Bentley said.

After Swindell, Bentley moved into a long stretch of ’90s country tunes like Wade Hayes‘ “Old Enough to Know Better,” Brooks & Dunn‘s “Lost and Found” and “Brand New Man,” Marty Stuart‘s “Honky Tonkin’s What I Do Best,” Sawyer Brown‘s “Some Girls Do” and John Michael Montgomery‘s “Be My Baby Tonight.”

“My voice is a little messed up,” he told the crowd. “It’s whiskey activated, like many of yours.”

He closed the show with his own “Lot of Leavin’ Left to Do,” “Free and Easy (Down the Road I Go),” “I Hold On,” “Somewhere on a Beach,” and “Drunk on a Plane.”

Bentley saved one of his best covers — Johnny Cash’s “Folsom Prison Blues” — for last.

Alison makes her living loving country music. She's based in Chicago, but she's always leaving her heart in Nashville.