Bruce Rauner, Governor
Philip Nelson, Director
|August 7-17, 2014 - Springfield|
Track 1: Country Must Be Country Wide
Track 2: You Don't Know Her Like I Do
Track 3: Hell On Wheels
Track 4: My Kind Of Crazy
Track 5: Dirt Road Anthem
Stop and listen to any of Brantly Gilbert's lyrics and you know a little about him. Listen to his albums and you will feel like family.
Brantley Gilbert was born and raised in the small town of Jefferson, Georgia, just outside of Athens city limits. It is that upbringing and small town influence that Gilbert credits toward allowing him to cultivate his unique sound. Gilbert's taste in music always swayed toward a southern country rock feel, but his true-to-life testimony of heartache, trials, triumph, and success found a home in country music.
Gilbert's career began on the stage: Night after night, he played acoustic sets at various venues in his hometown and slowly began to notice familiar faces in the crowds. Gilbert soon realized that his acoustic shows - however intimate - didn't satisfy his audience's thirst for his rock-infused country music. "We went from these acoustic shows to a bona fide Country-Rock-Soul show that is wide open," says Gilbert. "Even when we play a ballad, it's high energy."
While on the road the past five years, Gilbert has built his brand through his compelling lyrics and dynamic live show - a combination that attracted a strong underground band of believers who shared Gilbert's passion for life and music; pretty soon his following had taken on a life of its own. As Gilbert tells it, "[W]e don't have fans, we have friends. I like to think that those people in the crowd are just like me. They listen to the songs, they get the meaning and get the purpose and they get something out of it." It is this rabid fan base that became the first members of what is now known as the BG Nation.
Track 1: The Devil Went Down To Georgia
Track 2: The South's Gonna Do It Again
Track 3: Stroker's Theme
Track 4: Uneasy Rider
Track 5: Still In Saigon
Charlie Daniels is partly Western and partly Southern. His signature "bull rider" hat and belt buckle, his lifestyle on Twin Pines Ranch (a boyhood dream come true), his love of horses, cowboy lore and the heroes of championship rodeo, Western movies, and Louis L'Amour novels, identify him as a Westerner. The son of a lumberjack and a Southerner by birth, his music - rock, country, bluegrass, blues, gospel - is quintessentially Southern.
It hasn't been so much a style of music, but more the values consistently reflected in several styles that have connected Charlie Daniels with millions of fans. For decades, he has steadfastly refused to label his music as anything other than "CDB music," music that has been popularized on a variety of radio formats. Like so many great American success stories, the Charlie Daniels saga begins in rural obscurity. Born in 1936 in Wilmington, North Carolina, he was raised on a musical diet that included Pentecostal gospel, local bluegrass bands, and the rhythm & blues and country music emanating respectively from Nashville's 50,000-watt mega broadcasters WLAC and WSM.