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The Ones That Like Me: Brantley Gilbert at Boots & Hearts 2017

There was no rain on Saturday at Boots & Hearts 2017, but Brantley Gilbert definitely brought the thunder!

The headlining hit maker revved up the B&H crowd from the moment he walked onto the main stage, kicking things off with It’s About To Get Dirty, and not letting up for more than a moment to catch his breath. And the crowd didn’t stop either. The excitement was building in the lead up to the set, so much so that you could feel a buzz in the air 30 minutes before Gilbert hit the stage.

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The 16 songs Brantley Gilbert and his band (who are really good. really, really good.) played on Saturday night included hits he wrote (My Kinda Party, Dirt Road Anthem), that Jason Aldean took to the charts, and his own hits including Small Town Throwdown, The Weekend, One Hell Of An Amen, his current single, The Ones That Like Me, and more.

Note: The dedication that Brantley Gilbert gave to military personnel, veterans, and to everyone touched by cancer, was sweet and emotional. And even though I’ve seen it before, it still hit me with the feels.

Early in the set Gilbert pegged the Boots & Hearts crowd at 25,000 – but we walked through the mass of people in the field at the main stage, and we’re willing to put that number at 35,000 if we had to guess. And those thousands of people danced and sang and cheered for Brantley Gilbert just like they did for Keith Urban on Friday night. This was a party of a set, and the kind of collection of moments that live music fans live for.

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But as much as the crowd loved the Georgian country singer, he loved them back. More than once Gilbert expressed his love for the fans in the crowd, and the Canadian fans that he’s encountered in his career. He gave credit for our ability and willingness to party, and he said thank you for the steadfast support that he has received from country music fans north of the border. His words were thoughtful, but didn’t feel contrived. This truly seemed like a genuine expression of thanks for his opportunity to do what he loves to do, thousands of miles away from home.

If there were any questions about Brantley Gilbert’s status as a headliner at a major country music festivals, they have all been dispelled. Ask the thousands of people that hung out with him on Saturday night in Oro-Medonte and you’ll hear exactly how much he proved that he belongs on that big stage.

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If and when you have the chance to see Brantley Gilbert on any stage, take it… and be ready for a rowdy time, because that’s what you’re going to get. And you’re going to love it.

Brantley Gilbert, Boots & Hearts 2017 Setlist

💀 It’s About To Get Dirty
💀 My Kinda Party
💀 Country Must Be Country Wide
💀 Rockin’ Chairs
💀 Dirt Road Anthem
💀 My Baby’s Guns N Roses
💀 You Don’t Know Her Like I Do
💀 Small Town Throwdown
💀 The Ones That Like Me
💀 One Hell Of An Amen
💀 The Outlaw In Me
💀 The Weekend
💀 Take It Outside
💀 Kick It In The Sticks
💀 Bottoms Up
Encore:
💀 Read Me My Rights

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Boots & Hearts 2017 Weather Forecast!

With Boots & Hearts 2017 coming up this week… it’s time to seriously get started on the planning and packing. And if you’re going to start doing those things without checking the weather – you’re asking for trouble.

So, before you start deciding what to wear to Boots & Hearts, we suggest checking the forecast for Oro-Medonte and what it might be doing when Doc Walker, Keith Urban, Brantley Gilbert, and Luke Bryan headline Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights.

Sadly, it looks like rain may be in the cards – which we should probably have expected since it’s darn near a B&H tradition. But, that doesn’t mean we can’t have a lot of fun. With temperatures that will still hit the 20s, and humidity part of the equation, shorts and tanks and tees will still be the order of the day. With rubber boots, ponchos, and hoodies a smart addition to any wardrobe.

Stay up to date on the Boots & Hearts/ Oro-Medonte weather forecast as we get closer to the festival by Clicking Here as Thursday approaches.

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Boots & Hearts 2017 Preview: Day-to-Day Schedule and Stage Lineup

Boots & Hearts 2017 is coming, and we’re getting ready for all of the live music action that we can handle. And now we know which day, stage, and time we’ll be catching our favourite country music artists from August 10 to 13th in Oro-Medonte, ON.

Now, we know that there are going to be some overlaps in artists you want to see, so it’s important that you start planning now for your busy days at the festival. Don’t be afraid to run from one to stage to the other so you get the chance to see as many of these acts as possible.

And, when there’s a time slot that doesn’t have an artist you know, we highly recommend taking that chance to discover some new music – you might just fall in love with what you hear.

So, without any further ado, here is the 2017 Boots & Hearts day-to-day stage schedule…

Thursday, August 10

Front Porch Stage

Emerging Artist Showcase
5:00pm – 7:00pm
Vanessa Marie Carter
7:25pm – 8:05pm
Love and Theft
8:30pm – 9:15pm
Doc Walker
9:40pm – 11:10pm
KICX Late Night Dance Party
11:30pm – 1:00am

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Friday, August 11

Main Stage

Leaving Thomas
2:15pm – 2:45pm
Endless Summer
3:15pm – 3:45pm
Brooke Eden
4:15pm – 5:00pm
Frankie Ballard
5:30pm – 6:30pm
Dan + Shay
7:15pm – 8:30pm
Keith Urban
9:15pm – 10:45pm

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Front Porch Stage

Sykamore
2:00pm – 2:25pm
Andrew Hyatt
2:45pm – 3:15pm
Jessica Mitchell
3:35pm – 4:20pm
Drake White and the Big Fire
4:45pm – 5:45pm
Kiefer Sutherland
6:15pm – 7:15pm
KX Country Late Night Dance Party
11:00pm – 1:00am

CMT Music Fest - Drake White & The Big Fire

SiriusXM House

Music Row Happy Hour with Buzz Brainard
4:00pm – 8:00pm

Saturday, August 12

Main Stage

The Abrams
2:30pm – 3:00pm
JJ Shiplett
3:30pm – 4:00pm
Aubrie Sellers
4:30pm – 5:15pm
Chad Brownlee
5:45pm – 6:45pm
Eli Young Band
7:30pm – 8:45pm
Brantley Gilbert
9:30pm – 11:00pm

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Front Porch Stage

Patrick Dorie
2:00pm – 2:30pm
Nice Horse
3:00pm – 3:30pm
Jesse Gold
4:00pm – 4:30pm
Lindi Ortega
5:00pm – 6:00pm
Tucker Beathard
6:30pm – 7:30pm
Country 105 Late Night Dance Party
11:00pm – 1:00am

Tucker Beathard - The Rivoli

Sunday, August 13

Main Stage

Alee
2:00pm – 2:25pm
Dani Strong
2:45pm – 3:15pm
Delta Rae
3:40pm – 4:40pm
Cold Creek County
5:30pm – 6:30pm
Brett Eldredge
7:15pm – 8:30pm
Luke Bryan
9:15pm – 11:00pm

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Front Porch Stage

Tomi Swick*
2:25pm – 2:55pm
Kelly Prescott
3:15pm – 3:45pm
Midland
4:30pm – 5:30pm
Jess Moskaluke
6:15pm – 7:15pm
Country 101.1, 93.5, 106.7 Late Night Dance Party
11:00pm – 1:00am

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*Tomi Swick replaces Colt Walker on the B&H schedule.

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Boots & Hearts 2017 Day-to-Day Lineup Announcement!

We’re closing in on 3 months away from Boots & Hearts 2017 at Burl’s Creek Event Park… and with seven new names added to the lineup this morning, it feels like we’re nearing the full list of performers.

And adding to that is the announcement of the day-to-day lineups for this year’s festival!

Yes, we now know who we’re going to see on which day. And yes, there are more details to come, telling us who will play on the main stage, who will be on the front porch stage, and what time we’ll be seeing everyone… but this is a huge start to the planning process, and amps up the excitement for each day of August 10 through 13.

Let’s start at the start, with the Thursday night Coors Banquet Kick Off Party, and go through the weekend!

And, for each day we’ll key in on a couple of names (headliners not included) that we think you should be ready to watch… and enjoy!

Ready?

Thursday, August 10 – Coors Banquet Kick Off Party


Doc Walker
Vanessa Marie Carter
and more…

This one is easy… both Doc Walker and Vanessa Marie Carter are going to be awesome. But after seeing 5 acts on stage last year during the kick off party, we’re waiting to see who else gets added here!

Friday, August 11


Keith Urban
Dan + Shay
Frankie Ballard
Kiefer Sutherland
Drake White & The Big Fire
Brooke Eden
Endless Summer
Jessica Mitchell
Andrew Hyatt
Leaving Thomas
Sykamore

Ugh, so this is not as easy… Drake White & The Big Fire are awesome, if you haven’t seen them before, you need to make your way to the stage for them. And if we’re going to pick more, which we have to do, we’re highlighting Jessica Mitchell, Andrew Hyatt, and upstart duo Leaving Thomas.

Saturday, August 12


Brantley Gilbert
Eli Young Band
Chad Brownlee
Tucker Beathard
Aubrie Sellers
Lindi Ortega
JJ Shiplett
The Abrams
Jesse Gold
Nice Horse

We all know how great Chad Brownlee is, so let’s skip him and move to JJ Shiplett and The Abrams. We’re looking forward to both of these sets, and can’t wait for more country music fans to hear their music.

Sunday, August 13


Luke Bryan
Brett Eldridge
Jess Moskaluke
Cold Creek County
Midland
Delta Rae
Dani Strong
Alee
Kelly Prescott
Colt Walker

Last day, and it’s still not easy. If you haven’t seen Alee yet, go listen to her brand new record and then get ready to see her on stage… and you are not going to want to miss Midland. Those Texas boys are good, and funny, and we’re willing to bet that they’re going to kill it on the big stage.

So there you go… this is who we’ll see each day at Boots & Hearts 2017. Now, get ready to be even more excited every day as we get closer.

And stay tuned for contests, interviews, previews and more!

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Boots & Hearts 2017 Announces Brantley Gilbert, Brett Eldredge and Dan + Shay!

You’ve been waiting, we’ve been waiting, we’ve all tried our best to be patient… and now we have some news!

The Boots & Hearts team has officially announced 3 more artists for the 2017 festival, and we’re pretty darn happy with the additions.

We already knew that Keith Urban and Luke Bryan would be headlining a night each at this year’s festival, and now we can start filling in some more of the blanks on the Thursday to Sunday schedule.

Related→ Boots & Hearts 2017 Preview: Luke Bryan Top 10
Related→ Boots & Hearts 2017 Preview: Keith Urban Top 10

Now, let’s have a look at the 3 of performers that we’ll be seeing on the Front Porch Stage and Main Stage this August at Burl’s Creek!

Headliner: Brantley Gilbert

Brantley has been added as the third headliner of the festival, joining Keith Urban and Luke Bryan – and he’s a good fit!

If you’ve seen BG on stage before you know he brings a ton of energy to the stage and shares it with the crowd. We saw him in Toronto on a weeknight… and it was a damn party.

If you haven’t seen Brantley Gilbert on stage, think Eric Church. He’s got that same “my way” attitude that translates well to a country crowd.

Be ready to hear hits like…

★ Country Must Be Country Wide
★ Kick It In The Sticks
★ Bottoms Up
★ One Hell Of An Amen
★ The Weekend

And more!

Brett Eldredge

Man, this dude is cool. If you’ve followed Brett Eldridge at all since he hit the country music scene you already know that he’s got swag to spare – when he’s hanging out with his mom or his puppy Edgar.

We saw Brett open for Keith Urban at the ACC a few years ago – and as the crowd was filing into the stadium you could see heads bobbing to the beat. And in the year since he has only shown more and more aptitude for entertaining a country music crowd.

Get ready for songs to sing along to like…

★ Don’t Ya
★ Beat Of The Music
★ Lose My Mind
★ Drunk On Your Love
★ Wanna Be That Song

Dan + Shay

We saw Dan + Shay at Boots & Hearts back in 2014 – and can’t wait to see what they have to bring to the table this time around.

The boys elicited about as many screams from the crowd as anyone ever has at BH, and we’d be surprised if they didn’t do the same again this August. With energy to spare, harmonies and ring true – and more music to share than they had three years ago, Dan + Shay is another great add to the lineup.

Get ready to dance and sing and sway to songs like…

★ 19 You + Me
★ Show You Off
★ Nothin’ Like You
★ From The Ground Up
★ How Not To

Stay tuned because there are a lot more names to be added to the Boots & Hearts 2017 lineup – and we’ll be here to share them with you and give some preview action as we get closer and closer to August and the biggest country music festival in Ontario!

 

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Kick It In The Pit: Brantley Gilbert live in Toronto!

Brantley Gilbert looks like he might be rock and roll disguised as country music. But when you watch and listen to the songs (live or recorded) you know it’s legit. Yes, it can be loud and aggressive. And maybe your grandma isn’t lining up for his show, but plenty of fans were at The Opera House in Toronto on Thursday night.

The 30 year old Georgia native has been rising in country since Modern Day Prodigal Son was released in 2009. And now, as 2015 hits its home stretch, Gilbert is on fire with four #1 singles now under his belt, and another #1 on his writing resume with Dirt Road Anthem (Jason Aldean) – and the Kick It In The Pit tour is showing just how ready the fans are to take the rockin’ country boy to the top and keep him there for a while.

Cory Marquardt Opera House TorontoSupporting Brantley Gilbert on these Canadian dates is Cory Marquardt, who we dig, and was a great choice. It’s pretty clear that Marquardt knows his job is to get the party started. And he’s good at it. But we already knew that. Supporting his first full-length album, This Man, Cory keeps working hard, and we’re sure you’ll have a chance to see him on a stage near you soon. It was great to see him give the crowd what they were looking for with performances of Smart Phone, 21, This Man, and really got all of his new friends into the show with a very danceable version of Footloose.

It’s a good think that Marquardt is a party starter, because on the first of back-to-back sold out Toronto shows, we all partied. Some sober, like Brantley Gilbert, some not, like half the crowd (quite visibly).

From the minute Gilbert and his band stepped on stage, the sold out Opera House was alive and ready for whatever he was going to give them. On the floor and in the balcony they sang and shouted and cheered before, during, and after songs.

Like we said, it was a party… so we don’t have a full set list to share with you – but we can tell you that we all got to have a whole lot of fun with live versions of…

Brantley Gilbert Opera House TorontoKick it in the Sticks – You Don’t Know Her Like I Do – My Baby’s Guns and Roses – Dirt Road Anthem – One Hell of an Amen (dedicated to soldiers and cancer fighters) – Bottoms Up – Stone Cold Sober – Take it Outside – Small Town Throwdown – Lights of My Hometown – Read Me My Rights – Country Must Be Country Wide

Note: It was a lot of fun listening to Bottoms Up live, after hearing it all season as Justin Smoak’s walk-up music. #GoJaysGo

The “I’ve got chills” moment of the show came when Gilbert and the band played One Hell of an Amen. The song was sweetly dedicated to all soldiers in Canada and the US, as well as every person who has fought cancer as a victim, family member, or friend. The crowd sang along to every word at the top of their lungs and it was special. Given one word, special is the one I would choose.

While Brantley Gilbert may never reach peak Jason Aldean or Eric Church levels of fame and popularity… it’s clear to see that he’s not going away any time soon. There will be more albums, more parties, more anthems, and more hard rock country to go with the sweet ballads that make up his musical persona. Brantley Gilbert is in the middle of what will end up being a very successful career. One we know many people are paying attention to.

And you can include us in that group.

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Who Will Replace Little Big Town at Boots & Hearts 2015

Update: We have an answer…

The Boots & Hearts schedule now shows Dallas Smith moving out of his original time slot on Sunday and into the empty slot on Saturday opening for Eric Church. Emerson Drive will now be joining the B&H lineup, taking over in Smith’s Sunday spot.

Got it? Good!

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Sadly, Little Big Town has announced that they will be cancelling all of their shows for the first 3 weeks of August as Jimmy recovers from his vocal condition by doctors orders.

That means that as of right now (or whenever the announcement is made public by Boots and Hearts) there is an empty time slot of 7:00pm to 8:30pm on Saturday night. And that means we need to figure out who could replace the Girl Crush singers on the main stage before Eric Church headlines the night.

We’ve brainstormed a few options… let us know what you think.

Little Big Town Replacement Option 1: Chad Brownlee

When-The-Lights-Go-Down-Toronto-Chad-8368Chad Brownlee is currently scheduled to play before the Little Big Town slot. So why not just bump the Canadian country star up to 7pm?

It would mean adding a half hour to the 1 hour set that Brownlee has been planning, but we’re confident that he can take tracks from his 3 albums + maybe a cover of Thinking Out Loud to fill that time and keep the fans happy. We just saw him in the spring on the When The Light Go Down tour, and he was excellent!

But, if we move Chad Brownlee up to 7pm, we have to replace him from 5:30pm to 6:30pm… why not Tebey? There are no shows currently showing on his website and we know he puts on a great show. So we say get him in there and let him show the Boots & Hearts crowd why he won the 2012 Emerging Artist Showcase.

Little Big Town Replacement Option 2: Another BIG Name

If you’re itching for another big name to fill the LBT slot and leave Chad Brownlee where he is, we’ve got some options that we think could work based on availability, and awesomeness…

Darius Rucker Boots and Hearts 2015Darius Rucker: We’ve seen Rucker’s name online already as a replacement that people want to see. And we’d agree. The former Hootie and the Blowfish lead singer is on our list of artists we need to see. He’s a member of the Opry and if the Republic Live team can get him – we’ll be happy!

Kacey Musgraves: One of the hottest names in the genre right now, Musgraves is cool, talented, and pushing her Pageant Material album. We can only imagine the volume of the crowd singing along to Biscuits and Gravy, Merry Go ‘Round, and Follow Your Arrow as the evening fades and night begins.

Terri Clark Boots and Hearts 2015Terri Clark: Canadian country legend, member of the Grand Ole Opry, hit maker, crowd pleaser, all around awesome entertainer – why wouldn’t we want to see Terri Clark. With a HUGE career and a list of hits longer than your arm, Clark can own a Canadian crowd. We saw her years ago opening for Brad Paisley in Ottawa, and it was damn near a double headlining show with the pop that she got from the audience. We say yes, bring on live versions of Boy Meets Girl, The World Needs A Drink, Emotional Girl, Dirty Girl, No Fear, etc.

Brantley Girlbert Boots and HeartsBrantley Gilbert: The tattooed singer always looks like he’s having a good time, and more than anything that’s what we need to be looking for here. With the requisite hits (Country Must Be Country Wide, You Don’t Know Her Like I Do, Bottoms Up, One Hell Of An Amen) and a big attitude, he’d be a great fit leading into Eric Church!

Jennifer Nettles: We included Nettles in our 2015 predictions, but she didn’t make it to the schedule. But now she’s got Sugar to share with the world plus That Girl, Me Without You, Who Says You Can’t Go Home – and the entire Sugarland library. In fact, we’d love to see Sugarland play as a duo, but Kristian Bush has a show in Illinois on Friday night, so we’re not as hopeful about that.

Little Big Town Replacement Option 3: Eric Church

Eric Church 2015Right now Eric Church is scheduled to play from 9pm to 11pm… but what if he played longer? What if he took a page out of Neil Young’s WayHome playlist and put on a 3 hour show for the Boots & Hearts crowd?

3 hours is a long time, so we’re probably asking for too much there. But there is a way this could work. If Church comes on at 8:30pm and plays until 11pm we’ve got that covered – and if Chad Brownlee comes on from 6pm to 7:30 instead of 5:30pm to 6:30pm, we’re in better shape. A hour between sets isn’t awful, people could deal with it.

The only thing we don’t like about that plan is that it doesn’t replace Little Big Town…

Now we want to know, who do you want to see replace Little Big Town at Boots and Hearts 2015? Tell us in a comment – we’ll see you there!

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