Bentley Plays Songwriters Show, Visits NYC School

L–R: Bob DiPiero, Dierks Bentley, Jaren Johnston, and Jim Beavers gather before their CMA Songwriters Series performance at New York City's Joe's Pub.

The CMA Songwriters Series returned to New York City’s Joe’s Pub last night (9/13) with two sold out shows featuring three-time 2012 CMA Award nominee Dierks Bentley, songwriters Jim Beavers and Jaren Johnston, and Songwriters Hall of Fame member and CMA Songwriters Series host Bob DiPiero.

Bentley spent the day leading up to the show with students from P.S. 103, The Hector Fontanez School, in the Bronx. He met with the fourth-grade class and toured two music rooms, which were completely outfitted with instruments and supplies, provided by a $20,000 donation from The CMA Foundation and the CMA Keep the Music Playing program.

“This program was conceived by our artist community,” said CMA Chief Executive Officer Steve Moore. “So, it is terrific when our artists are able to visit the schools we support and see firsthand the impact these instruments have on the lives of the students and teachers.”

Bentley will also appear in CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock airing Monday Sept. 17 (8:00-11:00 PM/ET) on the ABC Television Network. Co-hosted by Luke Bryan and Kimberly Perry of The Band Perry, the three-hour special features the A to Z of Country Music’s hottest stars with a concert lineup including: Jason Aldean, Kix Brooks, Eric Church, Brantley Gilbert, Hunter Hayes, Faith Hill, Alan Jackson, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Martina McBride, Scotty McCreery, Jake Owen, Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts, Blake Shelton, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, Hank Williams Jr., and Zac Brown Band.

L–R: NAfME Director of Strategic Relationships, Victoria Chamberlain; ETM Executive Sirector, Katherine Dahkohler; P.S. 103 Principal, Farid Reyes; Bentley; ETM Program Director, Pete Pauliks; CMA Community Outreach Manager, Matt Seaton; and NAfME Assistant Executive Director, Jane Mell Balek.

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