Brantley Gilbert's headlining Not Like Us Tour kicks off tonight in Bangor, ME (Thursday, August 22nd) and he's tapped two of his favorite up-and-comers to join him for the run. Brantley tells us: [“I’m going out with Lindsay Ell and Michael Ray. I’m stoked, I got to tell ya. Watching both of them on stage . . . and even Michael, we toured together and then he was out on the cruise with us . . . even seeing how much his show had changed from the first tour we did to seeing what he did on the boat. He’s one of those people that’s constantly improving his live show. So I’m excited about seeing that. Lindsay, I know she brings it and I’m just excited to see how people respond. I know it’s gonna be awesome.  But it’s cool to be able to end the year out with two people that, not only am I a fan of, I’m friends with.”] SOUNDCUE (:31 OC: . . . I'm friends with.)

The Not Like Us Tour rolls on to Gilford, NH and Hartford, CT this weekend.

Brantley and Lindsay sit in the Top 12 this week on the Billboard Country Airplay chart with their duet, "What Happens In A Small Town."