Country music superstar Brantley Gilbert is headed back to Salem in 2018 as part of the Salem Civic Center’s ongoing 50th Anniversary Celebration. This will be Gilbert’s third appearance in Salem since 2014. In May of that year, he headlined the Blue Ridge Music Festival at Salem Stadium and in April of 2016, he sold-out the Civic Center arena on his “Blackout” tour stop.
Gilbert’s 2018 appearance in Virginia’s Blue Ridge is set for Friday, April 20, and Aaron Lewis and Josh Phillips will be riding shotgun to open this concert on “The Ones That Like Me” tour. Tickets for this show go on sale Friday, October 20, at 10 a.m. They are priced at $34.75, $45 and $59.75 and they will be available at the Salem Civic Center Box Office, Ticketmaster.com and by phone at 1-800-745-3000.
Unlike so many country stars, Gilbert lives in Jefferson, Georgia instead of Nashville. It is not that he’s not serious about his music, or his career, but somethings run deeper. As he sings in “Grown Ass Man” from his platinum Just As I Am, “I got a home.” That home is rich with life, truth, friends, history – and those are the raw materials that have made Gilbert one of only four country artists with back-to-back platinum certified albums.
For Gilbert, who won the 2014 American Music Award for Favorite Country Album for Just As I Am, every album is another chapter in the life the unrepentant good ole boy has led. Whether it’s raising hell, standing tall or bottoming out, Gilbert’s truth speaks to the heart of blue collar life in the 21st century: hard working, fun loving and deeply committed to the people he loves.
Gilbert has done USO Tours, put together and headlined a benefit show for 80,000 on the riverbank in Chattanooga after a sniper killed 5 servicemen at a recruiting facility and met with countless Make-A-Wish kids. He also wrote the #1 “One Hell of an Amen” to celebrate a life lost after a hard fight to cancer and a pair of friends – one who died in the other’s arms – in the Middle East.