Brantley Gilbert spent the spring as a special guest on Eric Church’s Blood, Sweat and Beers Tour. When the first leg of the tour wrapped, the pair traded gifts to mark the occasion — and Eric presented Brantley with a couple of very special mementos.
“For the end of the tour present, he totally one-upped me on the gift,” Brantley said. “I got him a bottle of whiskey from Colorado and a biker ring. So he invited me on his bus and his wife brings out this huge picture of the show in Nashville that we sold out, and it had a plaque that said ‘Presented to Brantley Gilbert by Eric Church.’”
That wasn’t all, though. “Then he brings out this case and it looks like a violin case, and it’s a shotgun from 1968,” Brantley continued. “It is unbelievable; it’s probably the only gun I have that I’ll never shoot. I guess he knew I was a gun guy. I don’t know how he figured that out. But he totally outdid me on the gift giving part.”
Exchanging gifts and playing sold out arenas wasn’t all the pair did while on tour. They also sat down and wrote a few songs together. Who will record them remains to be seen. “We’re gonna have to battle over whether they’ll be for him or for me,” Brantley said.
Brantley just celebrated his second No. 1 single with “You Don’t Know Her Like I Do.” He is currently on the road with Toby Keith on the Live in Overdrive Tour.