Brantley Gilbert will have to make a little extra room on his tour bus. When the country star performed on Friday (February 9) night at Knoxville, he was joined by his wife and baby boy for the first time. Before the show, Gilbert told the Knoxville News Sentinel that his wife, Amber, and their baby boy Barrett would be with him. "They're coming out on the road. They'll actually be in Knoxville," Gilbert said. "That'll be his first little run ever.”
The country singer-songwriter and his wife, Amber, welcomed their son, Barrett, in November, and it will be the first time his son will be with him on tour. Gilbert admits it was an alien feeling leaving his family for the first time since he became a dad.
"Really it was different having a baby in the picture and heading out to rehearsal — that was my first time being away from him — but ... it turned out really well," he says.
Admitting that fatherhood has changed everything about his life, the ‘Kick It in the Sticks’ singer says that he's adjusting to balancing being a dad with his music career. "Well, I'm still figuring it out," Gilbert says with a laugh. "It changed a little bit when I got married, and it's changed a lot already so far since the little man has been in the picture, so we're really trying to figure that out and just kind of cross bridges as we come to them, and I hope I'm doing a good job so far."
Gilbert is known for his country rock hits "Bottoms Up," "One Hell of an Amen" among others. He also wrote Jason Aldean's singles "My Kinda Party" and "Dirt Road Anthem.” Talking about the effect of fatherhood on his new material, Gilbert says, "I think it can't help but have an effect on it.”
"I write songs about my life, and I think most songwriters do, and you know, him being that important in my life of course, and like I said, everything about life is just changing by the day, so I think it can't help but have an effect on it. Hopefully an awesome effect,” he said in an interview with Knox News. "I know he's had an awesome effect on my life, so I hope that translates well and represents itself as the big part it is in this next chapter.”
'The Ones That Like Me’ kicked off early February and will continue throughout 2018. Gilbert is set to perform a very special show accompanied by a full orchestra on May 4 in Nashville, and he'll also be hitting the high seas for his Kick It in the Ship Cruise in October, where he will be performing on a cruise between Miami and the Bahamas.
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