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"CMT Crossroads: OneRepublic and Dierks Bentley" premiering March 21

by Brandy McDonnell Modified: March 3, 2014 at 8:30 am •  Published: March 3, 2014
OneRepublic (AP file)
OneRepublic (AP file)
Dierks Bentley (The Oklahoman Archives photo)
Dierks Bentley (The Oklahoman Archives photo)

Tulsa native Ryan Tedder’s Grammy-nominated rock band OneRepublic and fellow Grammy nominee Dierks Bentley will star in a new episode of “CMT Crossroads” at 9 p.m. March 21, the cable network has announced.

The one-hour CMT special will feature unique mash-ups of OneRepublic hits like “Counting Stars” and “Good Life” and Bentley favorites like “Up on the Ridge” and “I Hold On.”

OneRepublic released their debut set, “Dreaming Out Loud,” in 2007. The album included the smash single “Apologize,” which shattered digital sales and airplay records worldwide. The band’s sophomore album, 2009′s “Waking Up,” produced three singles — “All the Right Moves,” “Secrets” and “Good Life.”

OneRepublic released their third studio album, “Native,” in March 2013, and it debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard 200 chart. The project includes hits “If I Lose Myself,” “Feel Again” and “Counting Stars,” which reached No. 1 at Top 40 radio. OneRepublic will head out on a U.S. tour this summer.

Seven albums into one of country music’s most respected and most unpredictable careers, Bentley’s latest evolution comes in the form of “Riser,” which was released last Tuesday. Featuring the singles “Bourbon in Kentucky” and “I Hold On,” “Riser” is Bentley’s first album since the death of his father and the birth of his first son.

Throughout his career, Bentley has mixed elements of modern country, classic country, bluegrass and rock, maintaining an unmistakable identity while constantly reinventing his sound. Bentley will kick off his headlining Riser tour on May 9 in Charlotte, N.C.

“CMT Crossroads: OneRepublic and Dierks Bentley” was taped recently in Nashville before an invitation-only audience.


by Brandy McDonnell
Entertainment Reporter
Brandy McDonnell, also known by her initials BAM, writes stories and reviews on movies, music, the arts and other aspects of entertainment. She is NewsOK’s top blogger: Her 4-year-old entertainment news blog, BAM’s Blog, has notched more than 1...
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