Multi-platinum entertainer Dierks Bentley and live entertainment company Live Nation announced the lineup of artists heading to the second annual Seven Peaks Music Festival over Labor Day weekend, Aug. 30-Sept. 1, in Buena Vista.
Acts hand-picked by Bentley will include Luke Bryan, Maren Morris, Jon Pardi, Mitchell Tenpenny, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Ryan Hurd, Steep Canyon Rangers, The War and Treaty, Tenille Townes and Caylee Hammack.
In addition, Aug. 30’s Hot Country Nights, which was an instant highlight in the festival’s inaugural year, will host Travis Tritt, Tracy Lawrence, Diamond Rio and Deana Carter with a special performance by Bentley’s own Hot Country Knights.
As with last year’s fest, today’s popular country music, the previous generation’s stars and the genre’s folky ancestor bluegrass are all represented.
The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band – or, as President George H.W. Bush once called them, the “Nitty Ditty Nitty Gritty Great Bird” – are perhaps best known for “Will the Circle Be Unbroken,” the 1972 triple album that saw the Long Beach group acting as the backing band to an all-star lineup of collaborators.
Brevard, North Carolina, group the Steep Canyon Rangers are known for their collaborations with Steve Martin, the comedian, actor and surprisingly good clawhammer banjo picker.