Dierks Bentley Loses His Father, Cancels Nashville Show, But Hoedown Appearance Still On


As many country fans know by now, Leon Bentley, father of singer Dierks Bentley, passed away this weekend in Phoenix, Arizona. He was age 88.

Due to the tragic news, Dierks announced that he was canceling an appearance in Nashville this week. The date will be rescheduled.

However, Bentley’s show this Saturday (June 9) at Detroit’s Downtown Hoedown is still on. And as Dierks wrote to WYCD’s Steve Grunwald, “Appreciate your thoughts and prayers” through these “rough times,” but “I will be ready to rock” at Hoedown this weekend. “[I] need the Hoedown and to be back on stage with my guys!”

The WYCD Downtown Hoedown takes place June 8-10, 2012 at Comerica Park in Detroit, Michigan. Dierks Bentley performs Saturday night at 10pm.

– Kurt Wolff, CBS Local

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