Photo via Brantley Gilbert's Facebook Page

Brantley Gilbert will kick off his first headlining tour, The Hell On Wheels Tour, this Thursday, September 27, with special guests Uncle Kracker and Greg Bates.

While a lot of people would love the opportunity to open for Brantley he says, “They brought some options to me, management did, we looked over a few of them and when Uncle Kracker came to the table, I was like “Ya know, that’s a cool thing, we’re doing something a little bit different with our music, there’s a little bit of rock in our country. I don’t think that’s a secret. We’re not hiding it! There’s a different aspect to it. Greg Bates is an up and coming guy, he’s a great songwriter, good artist.”

Another guy who will be part of the tour is Brian Davis, and Brantley is excited to have him out for another reason. He says, “I feel like, and this is my honest opinion, I feel like I’m writing my best stuff right now with him. He’s basically part of the family. So him coming on the road with us will be a great chance for me to write even more than I’m writing right now. I couldn’t happier with the line-up, I think it’s going to be a lot of fun.”

The tour will kick off in West Lafayette, LA on the 26th and will run through mid-November. You can see a complete list of dates HERE.