By Pepper

Earlier today, Dierks Bentley announced his 2017 Tour with Cole Swindell and Jon Pardi, and in an exclusive interview with People Country, he also revealed what life is like on the road.

In the interview, Dierks describes a typical day on the road as being “Long. A marathon – like five days rolled into one.” But something that helps him with the long days away from his family is, “Pictures. Printed out and duct taped to the wall….It’s little reminders of everyone back home that’s missing you. A little reminder of how important the show is, too. The sacrifices. That time away from them is really important, because if you’re not going out there and giving your all on stage, you’re just wasting everybody’s time. I guess pictures are important to me.”


Dierks also reveals that whenever possible, he tries to get off the bus as much as possible. “I try to do something during the day that’s local to where I am, whether it’s hiking or fishing. But on the bus, I finally just started watching ‘Friday Night Lights.’ I’m super-addicted to that show now. I’m either watching that, or playing a little NHL XBox hockey, or watching some documentaries with the guys in the band.”

Many artists have a “tour ritual,” and Dierks is no exception. He says his favorite is “The pre-show chant. It could be something totally ridiculous, unless you know what’s going on inside the band, it’s the silliest chant of all time, but it makes sense to us. We toured over in London, and I loved ordering a ‘flat white’ coffee and using my British accent. ‘Ah, I’d fancy a flat white.’ So, flat white became our word for before we went on stage. Our drummer, every show, he’d say it even more and more ridiculous. He’d say, ‘One, two, three, flaaaat whiiiiite!’ Nobody could even understand any of it. It was ridiculous, and it would get worse and worse every show.”


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