Every now and then, one has to class the place up a bit. For bro-country bad boy Brantley Gilbert, that’ll be May 4th when the Georgia native performs in Nashville backed by a full orchestra.
Led by conductor Jim Gray, whose resume includes performing with Miranda Lambert, Imagine Dragons and Barbara Streisand, plus a host of major metropolitan symphony orchestras, the ensemble – dubbed the Ones That Like Me Orchestra after Gilbert’s current tour – will put a new twist on Gilbert’s hits, which include songs like “Kick It in the Sticks” and “Bottoms Up.” The combination brings to mind such similarly unlikely collaborations as Metallica’s performance with the San Francisco Symphony, documented on 1999’s S&M LP.
Gilbert, who will also be joined as usual by his touring band, says he sees it as a chance to reemphasize and reimagine the songwriting itself. “I think it’s easy to get caught up in what an artist stands for – and maybe lose what those songs are,” he says in a statement accompanying the announcement. “This seemed like a very special — and different — way to present these songs.”
While many other bro-country hit makers have changed course in recent years, Gilbert has stuck to his guns, most recently with last year’s diverse The Devil Don’t Sleep. Aaron Lewis and Josh Phillips will join Gilbert at the Nashville appearance.
Tickets for Gilbert’s concert with the orchestra go on sale Friday, February 2nd, at 10:00 a.m./CT.