Dierks Bentley is a huge fan of bluegrass music, and now he has taken this love one step further by opening his own shows on his What the Hell tour as the frontman in a fake opening act called the Bolo Boys Bluegrass Band. Cole Swindell and Jon Pardi have joined him on tour for the opening slots, but fans who arrive early may have gotten to listen to this group of string players, made up of Bentley and members of his own band. During the set, the country star dons a big hat and sunglasses to join in on a quick set of classic bluegrass jams. For a recent Pennsylvania show, the Bolo Boys even played one of Bentley’s hits “Lot of Leavin’ Left to Do.”

Dierks admits he wasn't always a bluegrass music lover until he wandered into the Station Inn in Nashville years ago and took in a live show. He tells us: ["I always thought bluegrass music was Hee Haw stuff. It never hit me. Bluegrass is one of the things you have to experience live, you know? Go see the Ricky Skaggs band Kentucky Thunder and your head will be pressed back in your seat. They hit you so hard. It's banjos, mandolins, fiddles, and dobros. . . It's country, you know!"] SOUNDCUE (:19 OC: . . . country, you know!)

Your next chance to maybe catch the Bolo Boys happens on Friday (June 23rd) in Jones Beach, NY.

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