Every once in a while a talent comes along that begs comparison to others that have made their mark before. In this business (country radio) everybody (well... male vocalists, anyway) gets compared to George Strait. He is the standard by which all others are judged. The last guy that was "going to be the next George Strait" was Easton Corbin. But, before that, the "next George Strait" was Dierks Bentley. And, I suppose, in all fairness, he still could be. Dierks is heading out on a new tour.

Dierks Bentley’s Country and Cold Cans Tour kicks off tonight in La Crosse, Wisconsin. La Crosse is a long way from where Dierks first got the idea for the tour’s name while relaxing on the beach in Florida. CMT Daily Roundup reports that Dierks said, “The idea came from sitting on the beach in Panama City beach, listening to country music in a lawn chair, and drinking beer from a can. And I started writing the song, and then they asked me, ‘We’re trying to name a tour,’ and I was like, ‘It’s a pretty good name.’ It is a big party, it’s fun, I want people to come out and have a great time.” Jerrod Niemann and the Eli Young Band will join Dierks on the tour, which will hit twenty-two cities before the end of this year.
You can hear Dierks Bentley, Jerrod Niemann, and the Eli Young Band every day on KIXS 108.