LIVE FROM THE ARTISTS DEN: DIERKS BENTLEY
The Ravenswood Billboard Factory in Chicago, which now serves as a home for one of the nation's premier collections of vintage sports cars, provided a colorful venue for a secret concert by multiplatinum country singer Dierks Bentley on a cool April night. Built in 1920, the former paper warehouse and billboard photography studio's high vaulted ceilings gave plenty of room for the rousing sound of Bentley's free 'n easy brand of country.
Country music star Dierks Bentley grew up in Phoenix and moved to Nashville at the age of 19 to attend Vanderbilt University. He broke onto the scene in 2003 with his platinum self-titled debut. In 2005 Bentley won the CMA "Best New Artist" Award and was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry, its third-youngest member. After selling almost 5 million copies of his previous four studio efforts, Bentley released Feel That Fire in February 2009. The album debuted at No. 3 on The Billboard 200 and recently produced two consecutive No. 1 hits on Billboard's Country Singles Chart, bringing the artist's career tally to seven No. 1 hits.
To learn more about Dierks Bentley, visit www.dierks.com.
Once part of a complex that was the headquarters of the Manz Printing and Engraving Company, the Ravenswood Billboard Factory now houses one of America's premier collections of vintage European and American sports cars, along with an impressive collection of historically significant early American prestige vehicles. Constructed in 1920 and sold by the founding family in the '50s, the building was restored from 2005 to 2008 and now serves as a private event space.