When/Where: Thursday, June 5th, LP Field
Who: A needer of no introduction whose dozen-plus Top 20 singles include “What Was I Thinkin’,” “Every Mile a Memory” and “Sideways”
Why You Can't Miss Him: A class act and a CMA Fest main-stage staple, Bentley's affable, emotional, lighter-cuing performances have long made him a cut above his fratty contemporaries. The singer's latest, Riser, is his most mature record to date. Despite the sorrow-drowning novelty single by design "Drunk on a Plane" (the video for which premiered on Funny or Die), the album leans heavy on personal meditations like "Here on Earth" — a heartfelt rumination on the death of his father — and the weepy Kacey Musgraves collab, "Bourbon in Kentucky." He picks the mood back up with open-road anthems like "Sounds of Summer" and party jams like the über-bro-y "Back Porch."