Gilbert announces tour with Ray, Ell
Monday, April 15, 2019
– Brantley Gilbert announced he would launch the Not Like Us Tour this fall.
Michael Ray, known for "Get To You," "One That Got Away," "Kiss You In The Morning" and "Think A Little Less" and guitarist/vocalist Lindsay Ell, who joined Gilbert on his first male/female duet "What Happens In A Small Town," as well as her own "Criminal," will open
"I'm trying to open things up, but keep bringing the intensity," Gilbert said of his line-up. "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.
"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."
Tour dates are:
*June 20 - Riverbend Music Center - Cincinnati, Ohio
Aug. 22 - Darling's Waterfront Pavilion - Bangor, Maine
Aug. 23 - Bank of New Hampshire Amp. - Gilford, New Hampshire
* Aug. 24 - Xfinity Theater - Hartford, Connecticut
Aug. 30 - Darien Lake Amphitheater - Darien Center, New York
Aug. 31 - KeyBank Pavilion - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Sept. 20 - Hollywood Casino Amphitheater - St. Louis, Missouri
* Sept. 21 - Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center - Indianapolis, Indiana
* Sept. 27 - Daily's Place - Jacksonville, Florida
Sept. 28 - MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amp. - Tampa, Florida
Oct. 10 - Ameris Bank Amphitheater - Alpharetta, Georgia
* Oct.11 - PNC Music Pavilion - Charlotte, NC
Dates marked with an asterisk (*) are on-sale soon. More dates will be added to thes tore.
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