I remember the first time I met and saw Brantley Gilbert live in concert. Now, I seriously can't believe it was over ten years ago, but it was.  It was the summer of 2011 and Brantley came to Owensboro, KY for the Big O Music Fest Kickoff Party.  And, he brought Kip Moore with him. By the way, it was that year that Brantley's "Country Must Be Country Wide" became his first #1 hit on the Billboard Country Chart.

He followed that up with another #1 hit- "You Don't Know Her Like I Do".

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That Owensboro show was awesome and it introduced Brantley to a lot of new fans here in western Kentucky and southern Indiana.

And, I have a couple of fun stories to share about that concert!  First, believe it or not, the show was held on Owensboro Parks & Recreation's Showmobile stage.  Not even kidding! Remember this set up?

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That's Melissa Burton. That Brantley show here in Owensboro was her first ever "general admission" concert.  She got there early and snagged some room in the 4th row.

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#2- I have introduced a lot of country artists to the stage at concerts throughout the tristate and in Nashville. Brantley's show was the first one where I was told, before going on stage, that I could NOT touch the microphone. I was given explicitly strict instructions. I thought that was really weird and couldn't really figure out why his stage manager told me that.  When I went up on stage to introduce Brantley and got close to the mic to do it, I figured it out.  The gain in that mic was cranked up.  I've got a big loud speaking voice.  Brantley doesn't.  So, needless to say- I backed up a couple of feet before launching into my intro to get the crowd amped up for Brantley.  If I had touched that mic or gotten really close to it to greet the crowd, the feedback would have knocked down the walls of the showmobile.

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Thankfully, I stood back to do my thing, then Brantley came out and did his. He put on a heckuva show downtown.  Well, guess what?  He's coming back to the tristate.  In fact, he'll be at the Ford Center in Evansville on Saturday, August 13th.

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Tickets go on sale Friday, June 24th at 10am CST at Ticketmaster.com.

Pre-Sale: Thursday June 23rd 10am - 10pm
On-Sale: Friday June 24th at 10am

 

 

26 Performers Who Appeared at Owensboro's Executive Inn Showroom Lounge

There's rarely a conversation I have about the Executive Inn that doesn't lead to someone (myself included) wishing it was still here. So many big names and FUTURE big names performed on that Showroom Lounge stage.