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Dierks Bentley will play ACM Awards before April 13 Tulsa concert

Dierks Bentley, who will perform as part of the ACM Fan Jam during Sunday's awards show, will bring his “Locked & Reloaded” co-headlining tour with Tishomingo resident Miranda Lambert to the BOK Center next week.
by Brandy McDonnell Modified: April 2, 2013 at 3:56 pm •  Published: April 3, 2013

Other ACM Award nominees with Oklahoma ties include Carrie Underwood, Thompson Square, Toby Keith, Vince Gill and Rascal Flatts. Lambert, Shelton, Underwood and Garth Brooks are among the Sooner State stars confirmed to perform on the awards show.

Special guest

Bentley will have a special guest at the ACM Awards: Kayla Sloan, a West Virginia Walmart employee who recently created a social media buzz after a customer uploaded cellphone video of the cashier crooning Dolly Parton's “Coat of Many Colors.” Sloan was featured on ABC's “World News with Diane Sawyer” and then Anderson Cooper's “Anderson Live!,” and Bentley called into the latter to invite the aspiring singer to the ACMs.

“Someone turned me on to a YouTube clip of her ... and she's just got a great like traditional country voice and knows all the Loretta Lynn and Dolly Parton and old Reba stuff. Neat voice,” he said of Sloan, who performed last month at the Grand Ole Opry. “So, one of my team had the idea to call her up and invite her out to the ACMs and kind of experience that whole world. So she's coming out.

“It's kind of cool to help make someone's dreams come true,” he added. “That's really what it's all about. I think you're reminded more the longer you do it. You know, it all comes down to fans. It's all about the fact that they come out and they buy your record and come out to your show and scream for you. That's what makes this whole worthwhile and fun and gives us the life we have. I never forget that and I'm always appreciative of that.”

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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