Dierks Bentley’s Miles and Music Breaks Records

Chilly temps don’t stop hot bikes and hotter music.

photo by Curtis Hilbun/AFF

UPDATE: With the final penny being counted after Sunday’s Miles and Music for Kids charity motorcycle ride and concert, Dierks Bentley has confirmed that the event has raised $307,000 this year, making the grand total more than $2.5 million dollars raised in its eight-year history. “Every year, the support from the fans for these events catches me off-guard,” he says. “I shouldn’t be surprised because the country music community is the first to open their wallets to help out, but this year they were lined up before the sun was even up. I have my buddies Luke Bryan, Jake Owen, Easton Corbin, Brett Eldredge, Chase Rice and Storme Warren to thank for spending their Sunday afternoon with us and making it the best year yet!”

It was a beautiful day for Dierks Bentley’s Miles and Music for Kids charity motorcycle ride, which traveled from the Harley-Davidson dealership in Columbia, Tenn., to Nashville's Riverfront Park. More than 1,000 bikers took part in the 40-mile journey through Tennessee's countryside and, for the first time in the event's eight-year history, the calvacade had to make an unexpected stop . . . for a train.

And the weather was still warm when hot country newcomer Tyler Reeve started the music at Nashville's downtown Riverfront Park, but temps quickly got chilly as the sun dipped behind the city’s landmark “Batman” building (downtown's AT&T office tower). However, the cooler air didn't affect the size of the crowd, which continued to grow with each act that hit the stage. Tyler was followed by fellow newcomer Chase Rice, plus Brett Eldredge, Easton Corbin, Jake Owen, Luke Bryan and the event's host, Dierks Bentley, whose daughters—Evie and Jordan—watched from the side.

If anything, the bite in the air made attendees reach deeper into their pockets to donate more cash to the event, which benefits Nashville’s Monroe Carrell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. In addition to record-breaking attendance at the event—an estimated 10,000 people were at the show—a whopping $307,000 was raised through registrations and auction items, which is more than previous years.

Congratulations, Dierks—good ride!

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