Saturday night, fans from Long Island, New York City, and New Jersey gathered despite the rain to help kick off the Mountain High Tour featuring Dierks Bentley, Brothers Osborne, and LANco. The second night of the tour hit PNC Bank Arts Center in New Jersey and will continue through the summer, into the fall ending in LA.
In true country music fan form, tailgates were set out in the muddy parking lots early on in the day. Tents, cornhole games, and BBQ’s strewn throughout the lots surrounding the venue. As the fans filed into the venue, LANco took the stage, singing songs from their debut album Hallelujah Nights including “Pick You Up”, “Long Live Tonight”, “Singin’ At Stars” and of course their first number one, “Greatest Love Story”.
Lead singer, Brandon Lancaster even ran through the audience to the B Stage with drumsticks to play the drums that were set up, engaging with the fans that were towards the back in the lawn seats. Their high energy set was the perfect way to ignite a fire in the crowd and set them up for what promised to be a great night of country music.
Up next, our favorite duo Brothers Osborne played a 50-minute set combining songs from both of their full-length albums including opening with their most recent single “Shoot Me Straight”, then throwing it back to “Greener Pastures”, “Rum” and “Ain’t My Fault”. They also played “Weed, Whiskey, and Willie” and “Drank Like Hank” from Port Saint Joe. The duo’s undeniable chemistry on-stage between TJ’s sultry vocals and John’s ability to shred on guitar left the New Jersey crowd on their feet.
Finally, the headliner took the stage, opening his set with the title track to his forthcoming album, The Mountain which will be available everywhere June 8th. Bentley filled his set with meaningful hits like “I Hold On”, “Riser” and “Say You Do”. The giant screen behind Bentley flashed incredible scenes from nature including mountain ranges, celestial night skies, and even ocean waves. “The mountains are alive y’all we’re going to take you on a climb to the top, but before that, we have to start at sea level. We’ve gotta start ‘Somewhere On A Beach’,” the singer said leading into his number one smash hit.
During his 90-minute set, Bentley invited Brothers Osborne back to the stage to perform a brand new song that is featured on The Mountain, called “Burning Man”. For an epic moment, Bentley sat down on the stage to take in how amazing John Osborne is at playing his guitar, letting him reclaim the stage with his impressive skills. Lancaster from LANco also took the stage one more time to pay homage to ’90’s country by singing the John Michael Montgomery smash “Sold”. Overall, the night was the perfect way to kick off a summer of country music and tailgating. Bentley’s show had something for everyone, featuring all of his biggest songs to date including some brand new music fans can look forward to.
Catch the Mountain High Tour as it makes it’s way across the country this summer including a stop back in New York at Madison Square Garden. For additional tour dates and tickets head to http://www.dierks.com/tour and head to our Instagram for exclusive videos from the show.
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