Dierks Bentley’s What the Hell Tour, playing amphitheaters throughout the summer, features Cole Swindell and Jon Pardi in the support slots. But early-arriving fans have also been catching another, unbilled, opener, the Bolo Boys Bluegrass Band.
To those in the lawn seats, the Bolo Boys look like a nondescript group of string players. But keen-eyed fans in the first few rows may recognize the guitar player in the big hat and sunglasses as Bentley himself. The country star has been donning a disguise to join the Bolo Boys – members of his own band – for a quick set of bluegrass jams. During a recent show in Pennsylvania, they even performed a track off Bentley’s own bluegrass-inspired album, 2010’s Up on the Ridge.
The singer has a longstanding love affair with bluegrass, falling in with a group of players at Nashville club the Station Inn upon moving to town. In support of Up on the Ridge, he launched a corresponding club tour that leaned heavily on string instruments. His current What the Hell Tour runs through the fall.