Dierks Bentley Keeps His Country Country

2018 Opening Felt About 25 Years Old

I would love to have seen the text messages Dierks Bentley sent out inviting his artist friends to join him onstage for the grand opening of his Whiskey Row in Nashville on Sunday night (Jan. 14).

It had to be something like, “hey man. wanna come out to my whiskey row on sunday night and sing something? but not one of your songs. u have to do a country cover song. and it has to be from 1993 to about 1999. u in?”

Since I live about 480 miles from Bentley’s new bar at 4th and Broadway, I had to live vicariously through everyone who was there. And it seems like it was a night celebrating Bentley’s future, but also his past. All the way back to the time when he was heavily influenced by the kind of country that was everywhere when he moved to Nashville in the mid-90s when he was just 19.

From 1993 to 1999, Bentley and his singer-songwriter buddies covered some of the decades biggest hits. Clearly, 1995 was a really big year for the kind of timeless hits everybody loves to sing along to.

1993: Brothers Osborne covered Alan Jackson’s “Chattahoochee”

1994: Jon Pardi covered Clay Walker’s “If I Could Make a Living”

1995: Lauren Alaina covered Shania Twain’s “Any Man of Mine”

1995: Cole Swindell covered Tim McGraw’s “I Like It, I Love It”

1995: Thomas Rhett covered his dad Rhett Akins’ “That Ain’t My Truck”

1995: LANCO‘s Brandon Lancaster covered John Michael Montgomery’s “Sold (The Grundy County Auction Incident)”

1996: Maren Morris covered Deana Carter’s Strawberry Wine”

1999: Maddie & Tae covered Jo Dee Messina’s cover of Dottie West’s “Lesson in Leavin'”

1999: Ryan Hurd covered Kenny Chesney’s “She Thinks My Tractor’s Sexy”

2018: It wasn’t all old stuff. Bentley managed to work in his a new song — a heartfelt prayer thanking God for the woman in his life — called “Woman, Amen.”

Enjoy scenes from Sunday’s grand opening:

NASHVILLE, TN - JANUARY 14:  Dierks Bentley, T.J. Osborne, and John Osborne attend the Nashville Opening of Dierks Bentley's Whiskey Row on January 14, 2018 in Nashville, Tennesse  (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images for Dierks Bentley's Whiskey Row Nashville) John Shearer/Getty Images for Dierks Bentley's Whiskey Row Nashville
NASHVILLE, TN - JANUARY 14:  CEO of Riot Hospitality Group Ryan Hibbert, mayor of Nashville Megan Barry, singer-songwriter Dierks Bentley, and Bruce Barry attend the Nashville Opening of Dierks Bentley's Whiskey Row on January 14, 2018 in Nashville, Tennesse  (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images for Dierks Bentley's Whiskey Row Nashville) John Shearer/Getty Images for Dierks Bentley's Whiskey Row Nashville
NASHVILLE, TN - JANUARY 14:  John Osborne and T.J. Osborne of Brothers Osborne and Dierks Bentley perform onstage during the Nashville Opening of Dierks Bentley's Whiskey Row on January 14, 2018 in Nashville, Tennesse  (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images for Dierks Bentley's Whiskey Row Nashville) John Shearer/Getty Images for Dierks Bentley's Whiskey Row Nashville
NASHVILLE, TN - JANUARY 14:  Dierks Bentley and Thomas Rhett speak onstage during the Nashville Opening of Dierks Bentley's Whiskey Row on January 14, 2018 in Nashville, Tennesse  (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images for Dierks Bentley's Whiskey Row Nashville) John Shearer/Getty Images for Dierks Bentley's Whiskey Row Nashville
NASHVILLE, TN - JANUARY 14: Dierks Bentley performs onstage during the Nashville Opening of Dierks Bentley's Whiskey Row on January 14, 2018 in Nashville, Tennesse  (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images for Dierks Bentley's Whiskey Row Nashville) John Shearer/Getty Images for Dierks Bentley's Whiskey Row Nashville
NASHVILLE, TN - JANUARY 14:  Cole Swindell performs onstage during the Nashville Opening of Dierks Bentley's Whiskey Row on January 14, 2018 in Nashville, Tennesse  (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images for Dierks Bentley's Whiskey Row Nashville) John Shearer/Getty Images for Dierks Bentley's Whiskey Row Nashville
NASHVILLE, TN - JANUARY 14:  Dierks Bentley and Jon Pardi perform onstage during the Nashville Opening of Dierks Bentley's Whiskey Row on January 14, 2018 in Nashville, Tennesse  (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images for Dierks Bentley's Whiskey Row Nashville) John Shearer/Getty Images for Dierks Bentley's Whiskey Row Nashville
NASHVILLE, TN - JANUARY 14:  Thomas Rhett performs onstage during the Nashville Opening of Dierks Bentley's Whiskey Row on January 14, 2018 in Nashville, Tennesse  (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images for Dierks Bentley's Whiskey Row Nashville) John Shearer/Getty Images for Dierks Bentley's Whiskey Row Nashville
NASHVILLE, TN - JANUARY 14:  Tae Dye (L) and Maddie Marlow (R) of Maddie & Tae and Dierks Bentley speak onstage during the Nashville Opening of Dierks Bentley's Whiskey Row on January 14, 2018 in Nashville, Tennesse  (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images for Dierks Bentley's Whiskey Row Nashville) John Shearer/Getty Images for Dierks Bentley's Whiskey Row Nashville
NASHVILLE, TN - JANUARY 14: Thomas Rhett, Dierks Bentley, and Ryan Hurd attend the Nashville Opening of Dierks Bentley's Whiskey Row on January 14, 2018 in Nashville, Tennesse  (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images for Dierks Bentley's Whiskey Row Nashville) John Shearer/Getty Images for Dierks Bentley's Whiskey Row Nashville
NASHVILLE, TN - JANUARY 14: Dierks Bentley, Maren Morris, and Ryan Hurd attend the Nashville Opening of Dierks Bentley's Whiskey Row on January 14, 2018 in Nashville, Tennesse  (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images for Dierks Bentley's Whiskey Row Nashville) John Shearer/Getty Images for Dierks Bentley's Whiskey Row Nashville
NASHVILLE, TN - JANUARY 14: Ryan Hurd performs onstage during the Nashville Opening of Dierks Bentley's Whiskey Row on January 14, 2018 in Nashville, Tennesse  (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images for Dierks Bentley's Whiskey Row Nashville) John Shearer/Getty Images for Dierks Bentley's Whiskey Row Nashville
NASHVILLE, TN - JANUARY 14:  Lauren Alaina performs onstage during the Nashville Opening of Dierks Bentley's Whiskey Row on January 14, 2018 in Nashville, Tennesse  (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images for Dierks Bentley's Whiskey Row Nashville) John Shearer/Getty Images for Dierks Bentley's Whiskey Row Nashville
NASHVILLE, TN - JANUARY 14:  Maren Morris performs onstage during the Nashville Opening of Dierks Bentley's Whiskey Row on January 14, 2018 in Nashville, Tennesse  (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images for Dierks Bentley's Whiskey Row Nashville) John Shearer/Getty Images for Dierks Bentley's Whiskey Row Nashville
Alison makes her living loving country music. She's based in Chicago, but she's always leaving her heart in Nashville.