Brantley Gilbert couldn’t have picked better artists to join him on his 2016 Take it Outside Tour. For those of you who don’t know me, I’m a HUGE Justin Moore fan! I might have gone for him, but after seeing this show I took away a lot more than expected. Here are my 7 highlights from the Albuquerque and Phoenix shows.
Colt Ford Was A Pleasant Surprise
First off, have you seen Ford dance? Ford’s fans showed up in Albuquerque and Phoenix to see the hick hop artist and he made sure to thank them for their support. Ford spent almost half his set signing almost everything tossed his way.
Ford Is More Well-Known Than You Think
He owns his own Record Label – Average Joes Entertainment. Ford has an impressive background collaborating with other country artists. His “Drivin’ Around Song” with Jason Aldean has over 9 million views on YouTube. He even joined headliner Brantley Gilbert on stage to sing “Dirt Road Anthem.”
Justin Moore Is A Solid Act
Moore’s an artist who is extremely underrated who consistently stays true to his country roots. Moore’s music is southern backroads country with a hint of twang. He sings about trucks, guns, small town USA, and drinking. Nothing was more powerful than when he sang “If Heaven Weren’t so Far Away” and the crowd was lit up from lighters and cell phones.
Moore’s Emotional Performance In Phoenix
At both shows Moore thanked the military, police officers, first responders, and teachers. Moore is always gracious when he speaks to the crowd. In Phoenix, Moore showed appreciation to the crowd for allowing him to do what he does for a living and the impact it has on his family.
Brantley Gilbert Is Far More Country Rock Than I Thought
From the second Gilbert hit the stage, the energy was unreal. I underestimated Gilbert as an artist. He has passion and intensity throughout his entire performance. Gilbert’s deep raspy voice fits his style.
Brantley Gilbert’s Guitarist Noah Henson Needs To Enter A Hair Flipping Contest
I lost count at 15. I’ve never seen a guitarist at a country concert with dreads, or one who flipped their hair with so much vigor. It was impressive.
Brantley Gilbert Has Die-Hard Fans
The BG Nation showed up strong in both Albuquerque and Phoenix. I had a Meet and Greet for Gilbert in Albuquerque. After meeting one of his fans, I decided to give it to her. I have much respect for an artist who touches fans like he does. He has built a powerful following of country fans that are impacted by his music. Members of the BG Nation have made Gilbert the country artist he is. I was happy to be there to witness it.