One thing to love about country music is its diversity. When you think country music, most people automatically visualize the country music of Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn, Tammy Wynette, Buck Owens, George Jones, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, or Merle Haggard; and rightly so. These forebearers of country music have paved the way for the genre bringing light so many amazing country musicians to the Opry stage and radio stations across the nation. Originating from a mix of cultures within the area at the time, you see styles merged together such as Old World, Americana, and Bluegrass to name a few.
This compilation of twangy lyrics and upbeat tempos emerged and somehow imprinted itself on how people perceive country music still today. Country music is much more than the twangy renditions you have imprinted on your mind. Allow NYS Music to introduce you to one of the many genres of country music today; country southern rock. A new millennium of southern rock has emerged, and the sound once categorized under the rock genre back in the 70’s, can now fit neatly into the country southern rock category which is so much more than the twangy vocals, slide guitars, and fiddles of what is perceived of country music today.
Enter Brantley Gilbert.
One of today’s biggest country southern rock musicians, Mr. Brantley Gilbert would definitely have fit in back in the day with the likes of such musicians and groups as Lynyrd Skynyrd, .38 Special, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Marshall Tucker Band, Ted Nugent, and ZZ Top to name only a few. This was the ass kicking country rock we loved back then and the southern country rock we love still today. Gilbert’s rocking country music is remiscent of this era and has categorized him as a badboy of country music today.
As Brantley Gilbert rolls his Blackout Tour into the Turning Stone this February 20th, skeptics are encouraged to join us at the Turning Stone Event Center to put the myth that all country music is the same, to bed for once and for all. Not all country music fits neatly in one package. Brantley is definitely not the “Bro Country” mold you may try to fit him into. Brantley’s music and live show give you a sense of being at a rock concert with sick guitar riffs, drum solos, and hair flying all around the stage.
To help you prepare so that you know what to expect at your first Brantley Gilbert concert, here is a list of what to expect and not expect.
- If you are expecting cowboy boots, cowboy hats, and plaid, you may be in for a surprise. You may see these things but they will sported more so by the crowd than those on stage. On stage you’ll see baseball caps, tattoos, chains, spiked hair, dreadlocks flying around, and brass knuckled microphones. Okay, you will see perhaps a beard on the keyboardist, but who doesn’t rock a beard these days? Awesome beard BJ Golden!
- Classic country, nah you won’t hear this most likely, and if you do it will be one of the best classic country songs ever because of the twist Brantley gives it. Electric guitar riffs, deep base chords, drum solos, and pounding keyboards will accompany Brantley as he rocks the crowd.
- Will there be lyrics about girls, partying, and back roads. Yeah most likely, but what rock band doesn’t sing about those topics. Any guy singing about bottoms up while dressed as a bootlegger sporting a zoot suit and tommy gun ‘rocks” in my humble opinion.
- Will you leave feeling like you may have missed so much over the last few years as country music has evolved into something completely different than what you anticipated? Probably so. That’s okay. It’s better to arrive late to the party than never at all.
- Will you have a good time. Oh yes, most definitely. Especially if you arrive early enough to grab a bite to eat at one of the amazing restaurants at the Turning Stone. (shameless plug hoping from something from the Harvest Buffet)
Joined on this tour are special guests Canaan Smith and Michael Ray, bringing their own kinda country party to the Turning Stone. February 20th will be the hottest ticket in town during one of the coldest weeks, so don’t wait, get yours today and join NYS Music in welcoming this new millennium of country southern rock to Central New York.