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Dierks Bentley is set to launch his new album, Home, with an intimate show Thursday night (Feb. 2) at Nashville's historic Ryman Auditorium.
And "historic" sometimes means "in need of repair."
First, Dierks tweeted a pic of some damaged wood slats on the stage, wood that is coming up.
"At the ryman . . . never really took a close look at the floor. pretty beat up. would look great on our bus!" he wrote.
The next pic shows Dierks reaching for one of the slats: "should I??? it would be so easy . . . hanging on by 1 old nail."
But in that same pic, Dierks shows his love for old comfortable slightly damaged things—his worn boot has duct tape on the toe.
For the record, Dierks later tweeted he was kidding about ripping up the floor. Also for the record, the Ryman announced this week that the stage will be replaced soon.
And all jokes aside, Dierks tells the Associated Press he's moved to be the last stand-alone concert on that particular stage of the Ryman, sometimes home of the Opry, a stage that has held country greats—and pop greats—for 61 years.
"The significance of that stage and who played there before me will definitely be in the back of my head all night," he said. "As a member of the Grand Ole Opry, I couldn't be any prouder."