Road life is an interesting animal. While it can be awesome to embark on the winding roads of this country every night and wake up in the morning in a new city, road life can also come with its dangers and inconveniences.
And one of those major dangers that seem to plague country music artists is tour bus fires.
On March 12, Brantley Gilbert became the latest country music star to watch his road life temporarily come to a screeching halt as his tour bus went up in flames.
“Hey y’all,” he nonchalantly wrote about the incident on Instagram alongside a video of the burning vehicle set to his appropriately titled song “Hell on Wheels.” “Adding pyro back into the set … working out details now,” he added. “In all seriousness … thankful no one was injured … Bus drivers are safe … I’m safe … See y’all back on the road soon.”
Brantley is on the road with his “The Ones That Like Me 2018 Tour,” which kicked off Feb. 1 and is set to run through mid-May. And while his bus might have seen its last day, Brantley will no doubt find a way to get back out there in front of the fans he loves so much. His next tour date is March 23 at the Runaway Country Music Fest in Kissimmee, Florida.
“People tell you all kinds of things about marketing,” Brantley said of his tour’s name in a press release. “But I want to call it something that speaks to what this tour is: a chance for me to get together with all the people out there who get this music, who believe in these songs and live their lives just like the people back home do. We are all proud Americans who try to stand up and do the right thing. That isn’t marketing, that’s life – and that’s what my music is made of.”
In October, Brantley will turn in his tour bus for a cruise ship as he heads out on the “Brantley Gilbert’s Kick It In the Ship” cruise alongside fellow artists Luke Combs, Michael Ray, Blackhawk, Colt Ford, Josh Phillips and Faren Rachels.
“We want to take the entire BG Nation on vacation,” Brantley says of his fanbase. “Have a lot of fun, a lot of music and a lot of coming together somewhere nobody has to drive, nobody has to go home and everybody can make friends. Obviously, we’ve never done this before, but then, that’s how some of the coolest stuff happens. So, lets all be pirates for a few days. Hit the seas, see the Caribbean and rock as hard as the Norwegian Jade can handle.”