Dierks Bentley on CMT, Frankie Ballard in California

Evan Farmer, Host CMT Top 20 Countdown; Dierks Bentley. Photo: Amber McSwain

Dierks Bentley stopped by the CMT studios recently to catch up with Top 20 Countdown host, Evan Farmer. The two chatted about the success of Bentley’s bluegrass album, Up on the Ridge, as well as his involvement with the “Miles & Music for Kids” celebrity motorcycle ride, which he will host in Nashville October 17. This marks the fifth year Bentley has hosted the event that benefits Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, a Children’s Miracle Network hospital and CMT One Country partner.

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L-R: R.A. Clark, Executive Producer, ACM Awards; Frankie Ballard; Bob Romeo, CEO, Academy of Country Music. Photo: Michel Bourquard

Frankie Ballard with Melissa Etheridge

Reprise Recording artist Frankie Ballard was in Los Angeles, CA last week for a number of events. He appeared at the Hard Rock Café’s Pinktober party to fight breast cancer at the restaurant chain’s new Hollywood location. The event featured a performance by rocker and breast cancer survivor Melissa Etheridge. In addition, Ballard attended the exclusive launch party for Guitar Hero: Warriors Of Rock which included a rare performance by Soundgarden, visited the Academy of Country Music and caught Jamey Johnson’s concert at the House of Blues.

Ballard’s debut single “Tell Me You Get Lonely” is already Top 40 on the country singles chart and climbing. He will join Atlantic Records artist Uncle Kracker on his club tour this fall.

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