Brantley Gilbert is hitting the road for The Ones That Like Me Tour with supporting acts Aaron Lewis and Josh Phillips. The tour will be making a stop at the US Cellular Center on Thursday, May 10 at 7:00 PM. For more information or to purchase tickets, click here.
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(CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa) – Brantley Gilbert is hitting the road for The Ones That Like Me Tour with supporting acts Aaron Lewis and Josh Phillips. The tour will be making a stop at the US Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids on Thursday, May 10 at 7:00 PM.
The Ones That Like Me Tour is for the fans that come year in and year out – the hardcore, the lifers, the “BG Nation,” according to a blurb on the US Cellular Events website listing.
Coming off the most successful tour of his career this past summer, Brantley was blown away by the love and support he received and returned home determined to thank his fans the only way he knows how… with a new tour that’s just for them. From merchandise and set lists that fans will help create to so much more, this tour will have something for everyone and is Brantley’s way of saying to all of his fans, “This one’s for you.”
For more information about this show or to purchase tickets, click here.
Nobody can accuse Brantley Gilbert of being anti-gun rights, but in a recent article about country music’s relationship with gun culture, the singer reveals the surprising reason he refuses to officially partner with NRA Country.
Gilbert is one of country music’s loudest voices when it comes to gun ownership and the importance of supporting the Second Amendment. He even has a massive, all-encompassing back tattoo of the Second Amendment, featuring two large pistols aimed downward, followed by the text of the amendment.
Despite his avid support of gun rights, Gilbert tells Rolling Stone Country that he has deliberately refrained from partnering with NRA Country, which is the specific country music outreach arm of the National Rifle Association, throughout his career, though he has played one concert for the organization. In an article titled Inside Country Music’s Uneasy Relationship With Gun Control, Gilbert states that he wants to remain his own man when it comes to these kinds of issues.
“I don’t want to draw the line from myself to any other organization to blur the lines with what my moral compass is,” he stated, adding, “I’m not quite on-board with everything that some people represent, so I do like to stand alone for that reason.”
The national debate over gun control has been reignited in the wake of the mass shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Festival, which killed 58 people and wounded more than 500 more, as well as a deadly mass shooting at a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas. Gilbert has spoken onstage before about the importance of the rights to bear arms, and the Georgia native tells RSC that his views on the topic are colored by his upbringing.
“I think it’s important for people to know that, hey, I’m not just riding around with more guns than I know what to do with waiting for something to pop off,” he cautioned. “It is strictly for my safety and the safety of my family. I would like to think that if they’re applauding that content or that rhetoric, I would venture to say that it’s a culturally-based response. They were raised similar and told, hey, if someone comes to harm you or your family, you do what you must to protect yourself and your family.”
Rosanne Cash, Sheryl Crow, Chely Wright, Cam, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill are among the artists who have publicly expressed their support for common sense gun control measures, and Will Hoge went a step further, attacking the NRA and do-nothing politicians in an angry song titled “Thoughts & Prayers.”
Brantley Gilbert and his wife Amber have a baby boy on the way! The couple learned their baby’s gender at a reveal party on Monday night (6/5), with Gilbert using a high-powered rifle to shoot a target that was filled with blue dust. While Brantley and his wife would’ve been fine with either outcome, the couple had a hunch they’d be seeing blue that day. Gilbert tells People, “Amber and I thought it was a little boy. I don’t know how or why, but we just did. I’d have been happy with any baby, boy or girl. But there’s something about the idea of a little guy.”
- Brantley adds, “When the blue cloud went up, well, that made it even more real. Now we know it’s a little boy, and he’s gonna have to get ready for a whole lot of love.”
- The epic party was attended by 40 guests and even featured a food truck from the Atlanta burger restaurant The Varsity.
As he gets ready for his new role as a father, Brantley Gilbert is doing everything he can to accommodate his growing family out on the road. Brantley tells Rare Country that he’s having a custom tour bus built right now because the last one he had built didn’t meet his standards. Gilbert also says he’s been getting some pretty good advice from a country star who is used to bringing his kids on tour: Eric Church.
- He says, “We talked to Eric and his wife about kind of the set up on their bus and stuff, ’cause down the road we want to make sure that what we’re building right now that we can convert it to take care of that cause I told [my wife Amber], ‘They’re gonna be with me.'”
Brantley Gilbert and his wife Amber are expecting their first child! The couple announced the news on Tuesday (5/16), revealing to People that their baby is due on November 17. The couple had been trying for a baby since they got married in June of 2015 and were seeing a fertility specialist to see what they could do. The couple was told it would be close to a miracle if Amber got pregnant without in vitro fertilization (IVF), but she was hesitant to start the process.
The couple decided to wait to see what would happen, and in February, Amber surprised Brantley with the news on his tour bus before a show in Louisville. Gilbert says his wife handed him a box containing three positive pregnancy tests, which surprised him to say the least. He said, “I think I stared at it for at least two minutes without saying anything because I was literally in shock. We’d been told it was just not in the cards, and I’m staring at this answer to many, many, many prayers.”
· The couple will find out the baby’s sex at a gender reveal party in two weeks.
There was a time a few years ago when Brantley Gilbert’s struggles with addiction threatened to break him, but thanks to a conversation with Keith Urban, Gilbert found light at the end of the tunnel. Brantley opened up about his encounter with Urban during an interview with The Tennessean, revealing that the two had met at a rehab treatment center in Nashville only a few days after pancreatitis put Gilbert in the hospital. At the time, Brantley told everyone around him that he was ready to leave the facility, even if it was against medical advice, but they asked him to wait one more day because there was someone they wanted him to meet.
The next day, Brantley met with Keith – a former addict himself – and the two talked about addiction. Urban asked Gilbert why he was afraid of being a musician who doesn’t drink alcohol, and Gilbert told him that he didn’t think he would be as good at his job. Keith told Brantley that he had once had the same fears, but said he was actually a better artist because of his sobriety. And that was the moment Gilbert said everything changed. Brantley said, “If it weren’t for him, I don’t know if I’d be sober or be in this business anymore. I’d probably be dead.”
On this day in 1985, Brantley Gilbert was born in Jefferson, Georgia. Gilbert went to Nashville originally as a songwriter and signed to Warner Chappell Publishing. He continued performing and put out an independent album, Modern Day Prodigal Son.
In 2011, he signed with Valory Music Co, where he has released two studio albums and produced four number-one hits.
Brantley Gilbert is making a stop at the Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines for The Devil Don’t Sleep Tour on Friday, April 28th! The show starts at 7:30 pm, with tickets costing $39.75 and $34.75. For tickets or more information, head to iowaeventscenter.com.
Brantley Gilbert is hitting the road for his Black Out Tour! Gilbert will be in Cedar Rapids on Friday, April 29, at the U.S. Cellular Center! The concert begins at 07:00 pm and he will be joined by Michael Ray and Canaan Smith. Tickets are $31.75 to $36.75
For tickets, go to ticketmaster.com
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