Contact Us

Greg Bates Hits Kentucky Derby With Three Essentials

Rick Diamond, Getty Images

Greg Bates has 100 shows over the next six months as he headlines his own club, fair, and festival dates, but he’ll bring along the lessons he learned from opening for Brantley Gilbert.

“He runs such a great, great tour,” Greg tells The Boot. “He’s so good to all of his guys and all of his openers. It was a lot of fun for me. It was also good for me to see how he treats his fans.”

As he hits the road — including a stop this Friday (May 3) to play the Fest-de-Ville Derby Eve in Louisville, Ky., — Greg has three essentials that he can’t leave home without: “Coffee, water, and my baseball hat,” he says. “I wore a Tennessee Titans hat for a long time and then I made the switch to just a standard blue hat. I don’t want to offend anybody, [especially] Colts fans. Indianapolis is really good to me, so I don’t want to make them mad.”

With two hit singles, “Did It for the Girl,” and “Fill In The Blank,” behind him, Greg has learned to turn to social media to take his fans’ pulse. “I think the quickest way to know if anything’s a hit is Twitter,” he says. He especially noticed a reaction when his music was played on the TV series “Nashville.” “People started catching on pretty quick and talking about it on there.”

It would seem that fans may recognize his songs faster than he does. “The first time I heard ‘Did It For the Girl,’ I was down in Tampa,” he says. “The song came on and had it turned down pretty low and I didn’t even know it was my song until the chorus. As a matter of fact, I heard the groove and thought, ‘Man, I should really write something like that.’ Then I realized I’d already written something like that!”

Watch Greg Bates Perform ‘Fill in the Blank’

Recommended for You

Around the Web

Best of The Boot

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to using your original account information.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Sign up for The Boot quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!