With tour dates booked through September and a baby due in November, Brantley Gilbert has some busy months ahead. But before things get too hectic, he's playing a big part in this weekend's NASCAR festivities.
“You don’t ever think about things like your name on a race like this,” Gilbert said in a release. “But it’s pretty cool. You know, to be part of something that means so much to a lot of people is powerful. It’s an honor. It’s also, for us, a teaser for when we play the Klipsch Center (in Indianapolis) in a few weeks – and can really hit it hard."
The performance will be the latest in a streak of big outdoor performances for the singer-songwriter, who's been selling out amphitheaters and playing large festivals this summer.
“We love taking it outside,” he said. "The crowds are coming ready, and that just pushes me and the guys that much further. You know, for me as a writer, the songs are only done when you hear ’em coming back to you from the fans; that’s where it gets really real.”
Gilbert has been touring in support of his fourth full-length album, The Devil Don't Sleep. Ahead of the Brickyard performance, he made note that the album is a deeply personal one, but it also connects with his fans (the BG Nation) due their shared life experiences.
“A lot more people live like I do than the media realizes,” Gilbert said. “Because I say every album is a chapter of my life. More than even the hits, these songs are what’s happened to me, what I’ve learned and how I feel. I think everyone in the BG Nation shares those same things, so these songs are true for all of us.”
Gilbert will perform at the Brickyard 400's pre-race celebrations on Sunday. The performance will be broadcast on NBC, so check your local listings for coverage times.