LIMA — The stars were aligned perfectly this year to allow country music star Dierks Bentley to perform a Saturday night concert at this year’s Allen County Fair.
“By jumping his concert to the last day of the fair, it worked with his tour routing and we were able to get him,” explained Jay Begg, Allen County Fair manager.
“We’re tickled we could get him here. He’s got some hits this summer, and he’s one of the bigger names we could afford to bring to the Allen County Fair,” Begg said.
Indeed, Bentley’s single “5-1-5-0” was named the most played country song the last week in July on Billboard’s Country Chart. His latest single, “Tip It On Back,” released earlier this month, is about a night spent forgetting the problems of the world.
Bentley is also slated to host the Academy of Country Music’s 6th Annual Honors Ceremony next month is Nashville.
“Dierks was definitely a name that was mentioned by area people as someone they’d like to see come to the Allen County Fair. We’re looking forward to good attendance for his concert,” Begg said.
Bentley’s star began rising with the release of his first self-titled album in 2003, with its catchy single, “What Was I Thinkin?”
That was followed two years later by “Modern Day Drifter,” which begame a Top 10 hit. In 2006 he released “Long Trip Alone.”
That was followed in 2008 by “Every Mile a Memory,” and in 2009 by “Feel That Fire” and “Up on the Ridge,” in 2010. In 2011 he released “Am I the Only One,” and in February of 2012 released “Home,” from which his latests two singles have emerged.
He has garnered the Top New Artist Award in 2003 from the Country Music Association, and in 2005 received the Horizon Award from the Academy of Country Music.
2012 Allen County Fair