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Reviewed by Red Rocker
ierks Bentley acknowledges his diehard fan base on the inner sleeve of his new concert DVD, writing “The goal is making a connection…physically, spiritually and all the ways in between.” If there’s but one thing to say about a Bentley performance, it’s that he makes an unforgettable connection. With a couple thousand fanatics crammed into the Fillmore in Denver, Bentley rips through 20 of the best songs in his arsenal during the Live & Loud tour, just a few months after the release of his mega-mega Long Trip Alone endeavor last fall. From the extended jam that opens “Lot of Leavin’ Left to Do,” as the packed house awaits for Bentley to appear for the first time, through hits “Every Mile a Memory,” “Come a Little Closer,” and “What Was I Thinkin’,” the once-supporting act for Kenny Chesney and Keith Urban (not to mention CMT VJ!) flexes his permed-up, tight black tee-sporting muscle and brings out the raucous best in Denver’s underground country movement. A rollicking, dead-on tear through Johnny Cash’s “Folsom Prison Blues’ to close the set only further solidifies Bentley’s well-intentioned Nashville roots.