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Brantley Gilbert Rising Up to Tim McGraw's Challenge on Two Lanes of Freedom Tour

Image courtesy of Valory (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of Valory (via ABC News Radio)

Brantley Gilbert is hitting the road with Tim McGraw on Tim's Two Lanes of Freedom tour Thursday night in Birmingham, and Brantley knows the country superstar expects him to bring his A-game. The two share the same booking agent, and Tim sent Brantley a message through that agent.

"He was like, 'You better tell that boy to bring it! You know, this is going to be a competition every night,'" Brantley tells ABC News Radio.  "I was like, dude, I'm competing with Tim McGraw?  Are you crazy, you know?  Alright.  I'll bring it!"

Tim's competitive nature shows up in his commitment to physical fitness on the road too, and Brantley is shying away from going head-to-head with Tim when it comes to workouts.

He says, "I told him I'd lift with him, but I'm not doing all the cardio stuff, 'cause I smoke.  I'll die."

Tim is also known to take off his shirt and show off his ripped body for the cameras, so can Brantley's female fans expect him to show a little skin during these workouts too?

"Not at all," Brantley says with a laugh. "No.  Shirtless isn't really my thing, unless I'm fighting."

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