After opening seats up due to demand at all three of the first nights of the BlackOut Tour’s North American leg, Brantley Gilbert is gearing up for a big spring. But for all the intensity these 27 arena shows, the Jefferson, Georgian is ready to announce his Take It Outside amphitheater tour. Kicking off June 2 at Mansfield, MA’s XFinity Center, the 22-date and counting throwdown will run into October.
“We’re just getting started bringing the music to the people,” says the one of only four back-to-back platinum country album sellers. “We hit that stage in Saginaw, and the crowd was lit up. Makes you wanna hit the road, and stay out there – when the people are so raging. We knew when we did this arena tour, we were gonna wanna take it outside! We don’t have all the dates in place, but I want the fans in these markets to know I’m coming,”
Joining Gilbert for his Take It Outside Tour are label-mate Justin Moore and “Dirt Road Anthem” co-writer Colt Ford. Given that all three have toured with each other over the years, it should make for a night of hardcore outsider country – from Gilbert’s harder rock to Moore’s serious beer joint country and Ford’s rap-forward style.
“We’ve all done so many things together,” Gilbert explains with a laugh. “This is one of those tour’s that’ll be crazy before it even rolls. Justin likes to really push the limits, and he’s a pretty serious performer… and Colt is one of those guys who gets how to hit a crowd right between the eyes. If you love your country on the rougher side, this is gonna be a show for you.”
Gilbert, who takes writing the songs of his life as seriously he does the fans who feel like they live inside those songs, lives to bring the music to the people. With two nights at Colorado’s iconic Red Rocks, the Bay area’s Shoreline Amphitheater and a kick-off at Boston’s Xfinity Center, the man who won the 2015 American Music Awards’ Favorite Country Album for Just As I Am is matching the BlackOut Tour with an equally comprehensive collection of outdoors dates.
For a full list of tour dates, please visit www.BrantleyGilbert.com.