I've seen a lot of really good performers, from Keith Urban to Garth Brooks, Brad Paisley to Kenny Chesney and others. But is there anybody cooler than Dierks Bentley?

My wife and I had the chance to head to Country Fest in Cadott, Wisconsin last weekend, where we got to see Neal McCoy, Randy Houser and Dierks. Neal is an incredible showman and entertainer, in addition to having had a couple of big hits back in the 90's. His show was great!

So was Randy Houser's appearance, though he played most of his hits early in the show and things kind of slowed down a little when he played a set of some less familiar songs from his latest album, Fired Up. He was still good, however.

But from the minute Dierks popped up on the Country Fest stage, you knew you were in for a great time. He did pretty much ALL his hits, he interacted with the crowd (including bringing a couple of audience members up to 1) shotgun a beer with them, and 2) wish them a happy birthday) and he put on an incredible show. He's the real deal, alright -- and who has a cooler name than 'Dierks Bentley'?!?

We had front row seats for his show -- check out the pictures. And sign up to see Dierks out in LA, too!