Dierks Bentley Turns Into Techno-Geek at the White House

Dierks, The Band Perry, Darius Rucker, Lauren Alaina play as part of country night in the East Room.

photo by EPA/KEVIN DIETSCH/POOL/LANDOV

How excited was Dierks Bentley about playing the White House Monday night (Nov. 21)?

"On my phone . . . I keep going to down to my Google maps, trying to get my blue dot to go on the White House," Dierks told a Washington Post reporter beforehand. "Hey! It worked! . . . I guess ‘cause we’re outside. . . . [Let me] take a screen saver shot of that blue dot.”

Dierks joined Darius Rucker, The Band Perry, Alison Krauss, Lyle Lovette, Kris Kristofferson, James Taylor and Lauren Alaina for a country night in the East Room of the White House.

President Obama—who sat in the front row with the first lady—told the crowd beforehand, "At its most pure, that's what country music is all about—life in America. It's about storytelling—giving voice to the emotions of everyday life."

Dierks sang "Home," Darius did "I Got Nothin'" and Lauren performed Loretta Lynn's signature song, "Coal Miner's Daughter," as part of the evening. The Associated Press posted a video with some quick highlights, and the whole shebang will air Wednesday (Nov. 23) at 8 p.m. ET on PBS.

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