If you know you're going to be backstage at one of DIERKS BENTLEY's tour stops this year, make sure you have a designated driver . . . because he's pouring liquor for everyone.
He sets up a bar backstage at EVERY show. It's called Whiskey Row, and it's a big tent with music that's open to everyone who comes backstage.
Here's how he describes it. Quote, "It's just a fun hang. It usually spills off into the bus, and we'll listen to vinyl records on the bus until two in the morning."
By the way, Dierks is 40 years old, so don't expect him to be the last man standing.
Quote, "We always have parties, we always have a lot of fun, but we maybe party smarter instead of party harder. [But] you pick your battles. Hangovers last longer than they used to."
You may have heard that SAM HUNTbrought out some guest artists to perform at last weekend's Stagecoach Festival. One of them was SNOOP DOGG . . . and he actually pitched Sam some songs for him to record.
Sam said, quote, "I was just flattered that he was interested enough to offer those opportunities and contribute. I love that, stereotypes aside, he loves music and genres don't matter."
"Billboard" asked Snoop about it, and he sounded excited. He presented Sam with four songs that will hopefully make the record. Quote, "One of them is 'So Proud To Be An American'. It's an anthem and it makes you feel good to be who you are."
Sam's totally open to the idea. He says he wants the record to be really diverse in terms of styles of songs and he doesn't have plans to go in a specific direction.
He's collecting as many ideas as he can, and heading to Nashville in the fall to get started on it.
RANDY HOUSER and his Aussie fiancée Tatiana Starzynski got married yesterday. Yes, on a Wednesday. It was an outdoor ceremony in Franklin, Tennessee, which is near Nashville . . . and there were about 120 guests.
KENNY CHESNEY released a new video for his song "Noise", and it's packed with images that fly by in a flash. There are famous people, like Donald Trump, President Obama, and Paris Hilton . . . plus protestors, preachers, snake handlers, and wrecking balls. Check it out here.