Rev Your Engines! Behind the Scenes at Dierks Bentley's Celebrity Motorcycle Ride

The singer rallies his famous friends to help raise money – more than $330,000! – for a great cause

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DADDY'S HIP KID

DADDY'S HIP KID
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Aww! Country star Dierks Bentley gets a little support from 11-month-old son Knox at his 9th Annual Miles amp Music for Kids celebrity motorcycle ride and all-star concert on Sept. 28 in Nashville. "I definitely want [my kids] to understand the importance of giving back," Bentley told PEOPLE of Knox and daughters Evalyn, 5½, and Jordan, 3½. "I hope that this is one of those things that they'll look back on and think, 'This is something really cool that my dad did.'"

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LEADER OF THE PACK

LEADER OF THE PACK
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Bentley (with mom Cathy on the back of his bike) leads more than 1,500 riders on an hour-long trek to Riverfront Park – and raises a whopping $335,479 in the process, a record for Miles amp Music. The money goes to the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

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HANG ON, MAMA!

HANG ON, MAMA!
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"I almost dropped her – true story!" the singer said of his ride with mom Cathy. "I hadn't ridden this bike in a while and I'm not used to having someone behind me. I was waving to a bunch of folks as we were leaving and I kind of goosed it. She had a light grip on me and I felt her scoot off behind me. I was about an inch away from my 70-year-old mom flying off the back of my bike!"

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NASHVILLE NICE

NASHVILLE NICE
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The crowd goes crazy for one very special unannounced guest, Nashville's Chip Esten (a.k.a. Deacon Claybourne), who happily stops to pose with surprised fans.

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THE GRACIOUS HOST

THE GRACIOUS HOST
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Bentley thanks the nearly 7,500 concert attendees who turned out to see the night's entertainment, which included pals Chris Young, Randy Houser, Kip Moore and Jon Pardi.

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THIS JUST IN …

THIS JUST IN
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"Like a Cowboy" singer Houser flew in just in time to perform – and apologized to Bentley for missing the ride.

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SIDE-STAGE PRINCESSES

SIDE-STAGE PRINCESSES
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Bentley's daughters Evalyn (left) and Jordan (right), along with their friend Shyla Stewart (daughter of Nashville songwriter Jessi Alexander), dance along as Dad kicks off his Miles amp Music set.

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HUDDLE UP

HUDDLE UP
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Bentley calls his band – and Esten! – over for a quick pow-wow before taking the stage to perform.

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ARM-Y OF TWO

ARM-Y OF TWO
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Moore reflects on the day's fun on Twitter. "Tryin to figure out how to do some more shows together," he wrote, to the delight of fans.

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DEACON + DIERKS

DEACON + DIERKS
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Hi guys! Bentley shares a few laughs with his TV star pal Esten before his set.

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