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Brandi Carlile

Dierks Bentley wants to take fans higher on 'The Mountain'

The last time Dierks Bentley made a bluegrass album, it was a chance to regroup after a terrible tour. He had opened for Kenny Chesney twice, in 2004 and 2006, and gained enough confidence thanks to a couple of platinum albums and radio hits to launch his own headlining arena tour.

In Bentley's words: "It was a huge failure."

"We were playing half houses, so you're taking your stage and moving it under the Jumbotron. You put a huge drape behind you to make it look like a half house, so people are coming to the arena, but it's only half filled and it's kind of weird," he recalled. "Two thousand people is a lot of people, but not in a place that...