Brantley Gilbert, in support of his fourth studio album, The Devil Don’t Sleep rolled into a sold out Glens Falls Civic Center on Thursday, February 17. The tour, which also featured Brian Davis, Luke Combs and Tucker Beathard featured a massive stage and pyrotechnics from Gilbert’s 18-song set. Glens Falls, also referred to as “Hometown USA,” doesn’t typically showcase many country acts so the arrival of Brantley resulted in a plethora of camouflage, trucker hat and cowboy boot wearing North Country fans. Brantley lead off the set with “It’s About To Get Dirty” the first release off the fore mentioned Devil which was primarily written by Gilbert and Brian Davis, the opening act. It’s no secret that the title of the album best reflects his daily struggles with temptation, mostly in regards to alcohol. The singer-songwriter has been sober for over five years now and frequently addresses his issues as an addict which positively fuels his fire as an artist.
Brian Davis played a short, solo and energetic set followed by Luke Combs of “Hurricane” fame which peaked at number 36 on the Billboard’s Country Album chart. Combs, is instantly likable in a high school buddy sort of way and was recently quoted in Rolling Stone saying, “I’ve always been a super regular guy”. “I think there’s kind of a comfortability with me onstage and I think my cool factor is not having one”. It’s a refreshing outlook and reflection for an artist who seems to be on the verge of super stardom.
It’s certainly worth mentioning that Nashville born artist, Tucker Beathard nearly stole the show from Gilbert. Beathard pushes the boundary between pure country and mainstream rock. His set was entertaining, straight forward and honest which easily won over the capacity crowd. Beathard himself joked about hearing how he needs to knock the rock down just a bit on this tour but obviously ignores that advice, as he should. With musical inspirations ranging from Blink 182 to Bob Seger, it effortlessly results in something completely pure and original. Beathard finished off his set by handing a fan his guitar and guiding her into playing the last note of the night, truly a class act who should be on the scene for years to come.
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Brantley Gilbert Setlist: It’s About To Get Dirty, My Kinda Party, Country Must Be Country Wide, Rockin’ Chairs, Dirt Road Anthem, My Baby’s Guns N Roses, You Don’t Know Her Like I Do, Small Town Throwdown, Tried To Tell Ya, Once Hell Of An Amen, Outlaw In Me, The Weekend, Take It Outside, Rock Jam, Kick It In The Sticks, Bottoms Up, Carry On My Wayward Son (Intro), Read Me My Rights.