When Brantley Gilbert gets his tour on, he goes out of his way to make sure it's unlike anything he's ever done. Having spent last fall on the road with Kid Rock, he wanted to take his own hardcore post-country to some new places on his 2019 Not Like Us Tour - bringing some different flavors to the ever faithful BG Nation.
Joining the CMA Song of the Year nominee for Not Like Us will be traditional-leaning, country-pop superstar-in-the-making Michael Ray, known for "Get To You," "One That Got Away," "Kiss You In The Morning" and "Think A Little Less," and the fiery, genre-blurring guitarist/vocalist Lindsay Ell, who joins Gilbert on his first male/female duet "What Happens In A Small Town," as well as her own "Criminal" and "Shut Me Up."
"I'm trying to open things up, but keep bringing the intensity," Gilbert says of what might well be his most diverse line-up yet. "I think Michael really gets how guys feel, and rolls into a sound that's all his own, and Lindsay, man, the only thing better than the way she sings is the way she plays that guitar! I am really fired up to bringing both these folks out on the road this fall, because I know they're gonna give the BG Nation something that's gonna lift'em up, throw'em down, and make them glad they got there early."
Having spent the last six months writing and working on his upcoming Valory/Big Machine Label Group project, the full-throttle songwriter/outlier rocker is ready to get back on the road. With a tour concentrating on the East Coast and Midwest, it's a chance to bring classics like "Bottoms Up," "Miles of Memories," "The Weekend," "You Don't Know Her Like I Do," "Country Must Be Country Wide" and "One Hell of An Amen," as well as road-testing some new music, to the ones who live his songs every day.
"People work hard for their money, and I take it very seriously when we come to town," says the South Georgia-born and -bred star. "Any time we hit that stage, we intend to give the people everything we've got. This new music is a whole new chapter of my life, and as much the fans have been there for every step of this journey, I think - once again - they're gonna know just what I'm singing, too."
With "What Happens In A Small Town" hitting Billboard and Media Base's Top 25 and "Not Like Us" debuting this Saturday (April 13), the tour of the same name is set to get off to a fast start. With a few more dates to be announced, the man The New York Times raved, "comes on like a revving monster-truck engine, backed by heavy rock guitar" is fixing to bring it. People get ready for a long, loud night of the toughest country around.
With back-to-back platinum albums, as well as the 2014 American Music Award for Favorite Country Album. For Just As I Am, Brantley Gilbert established a raw, hardcore fusion of rock/country/hip hop and gospel that consolidated the fervent BG Nation with six #1s as an artist and songwriter -- "Country Must Be Country Wide," "Bottoms Up," "You Don't Know Her Like I Do," "One Hell of an Amen," "My Kind of Party" and the CMA Song of the Year nominee "Dirt Road Anthem." Hailed by Entertainment Weekly for "swaggering guitars, catchy hooks, and a DGAF attitude," NPR for "performances (that) are instantly recognizable, often confrontational and pack a punch" and American Songwriter who proclaims, "Gilbert never fails to deliver," the South Georgia superstar is his own very specific kind of country.
Tickets: $29.75 and up.