Posted by: Amy | May 27, 2010

May 15 – Brantley Gilbert, Coyote Joe’s, Charlotte, NC

Before I start writing about this show, I want to apologize for being so late in posting this. Things in my non-concert life have been hectic the last couple of weeks and I haven’t had time to sit down and give this my undivided attention, as I like to do. If you can forgive me, I’ll move on to the review… 🙂

Christy and I were both really slow moving when we woke up on Saturday. Working a full time job during the week makes it tough to stay out late on the weekends, but going to concerts is completely worth it! We requested late check out at the hotel and by the time we got out of there, it was 2 p.m. We set out to find more batteries for Christy’s camera and then we were on the road to Charlotte. As is often the case on multi-show road trips, we were reliving our favorite moments from the previous night’s show as we drove. We made good time to Charlotte and after getting checked into our hotel, we headed to Coyote Joe’s. We got there about 45 minutes before the doors opened, so we sat outside in the humidity and prayed that it wouldn’t start pouring rain. Some guys in the parking lot had really come to party. They had a Ryder rental truck decked out with bar stools and other furniture, a sound system and of course, a cooler full of beer. They brought new meaning to the word tailgating! Check out their picture in the fan uploaded pictures on Brantley’s Facebook page.

When the doors opened at 7, we headed into the bar, but because of a mix up with our tickets, we were delayed in getting to the stage. We had met some nice girls in line who were kind enough to save spots for us at the stage until our ticket mix up was cleared up. So, thank you to Rachael and all of her friends! 🙂 We were treated to a nice variety of country cover songs from Coyote Joe’s house band to start the evening. They played for probably 45 minutes and then it was The Band Perry’s turn. They changed up the order of their set list slightly, moving Hip to My Heart to the third song of the evening. They also added a cover of Queen’s “Fat Bottomed Girls” to the set. The Charlotte crowd seemed a little more into the band than the Greenville crowd, but that was probably attributable to the fact that we weren’t made to sit down for half the set in Charlotte as we had been in Greenville. The band definitely has a lot of talent and great harmonies. I’m sure that we’ll be hearing a lot from them in the coming months.

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The Band Perry’s Set List

  • Sugar Sugar
  • The Way You Lie
  • Hip to My Heart
  • Love All Your Life
  • If I Die Young
  • Never Take Me Down
  • Independence Medley
  • Fat Bottomed Girls
  • Double Heart
  • Walk Me Down the Middle
  • Postcard from Paris
  • Honky Tonk Woman
  • Quittin’ You

Following the set change, the DJ teased the audience by playing Brantley’s “Kick It in the Sticks” video prior to Brantley coming out on stage. Near the end of the video, we spotted BG standing at the sound board bobbing his head and marveling at the crowd and the noise level. It had gotten LOUD when they started playing the video as everyone was either cheering or singing along. The video ended and Brantley hopped on stage to the familiar guitar riffs of “My Kinda Party.” Everyone was singing at the top of their lungs and a couple of times, Brantley had a dumbfounded look on his face because of everyone’s reaction to him. I honestly think that he’s amazed by how much people like him and his music. He’d better get used to it, though. He’s going to be a huge star!

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I guess because of all of the commotion, I didn’t notice this during the first song, but Brantley thanked everyone for coming out and then said that he was on the verge of losing his voice and that he’d need the audience’s help to make it through the show. As he talked and as the night progressed, it was more evident that he was losing his voice, but that didn’t affect the audience’s enjoyment of the show in the least. Brantley also announced that his band had a slightly different configuration for the evening. His regular bass player, Jonathan, had to catch a plane back to Georgia a couple of hours before the show because his wife had gone into labor with their first child. Written in black Sharpie on one of the set lists was “4 Izzie” in honor of the new baby. Jess Franklin the regular rhythm guitar player filled in for Jonathan and while he made a couple of faces when BG complimented his playing, he did a great job. Brantley’s voice really struggled during the acoustic set, so he let the audience take over and again stared in amazement that everyone was singing his lyrics back to him.

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When Brantley finished the acoustic set, he introduced Rachel Farley. She played three songs acoustically while BG left the stage. I had learned the night before that Rachel is a big Jamey Johnson fan, which made me like her even more. The second song that she played even mentioned listening to a Jamey Johnson song. Her voice is absolutely amazing. It’s so powerful, yet vulnerable at the same time. It’s a very unique combo! As I mentioned in my previous post, I cannot wait to see a full Rachel Farley show! If you get a chance, check her out! She’s got a big gig this weekend in Mershon, GA when she’ll be opening for Luke Bryan.

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After Rachel’s set Brantley returned and turned up the energy for the rest of the night. Despite not feeling 100%, he was all smiles. The audience was singing every song, so even if he were singing at full capacity, he would’ve been drowned out! At the end of the show, Brantley stood on stage scoping out the crowd and consulting with his security team. I thought that he was going to jump into the crowd and make his way out of the bar as he had done at the two previous shows, but instead, he decided to stage dive and crowd surf. He made a nice loop through the front of the audience and then he was safely back on stage. Before leaving he took off his shirt and threw it into the crowd, which resulted in a hard fought tug of war between several girls. Surprisingly, I think that the shirt stayed in one piece! We were sad that the show and our fun weekend had to come to an end, but I know that we’ll be seeing Brantley again really soon!

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Brantley Gilbert’s Set List

  • My Kinda Party
  • Hell on Wheels
  • Copperhead Road
  • Bending the Rules and Breaking the Law
  • Live It Up

Acoustic Set

  • The Best of Me
  • Picture on the Dashboard
  • My Kind of Crazy
  • Them Boys

Rachel Farley

  • Angel
  • Live That Night Again
  • Pickens County Town

BG

  • Kick It in the Sticks
  • Dirt Road Anthem
  • Outlaw Women
  • Take It Outside
  • Simple Man
  • G.R.I.T.S.

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See the whole photo album here.

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