What really revs up Brantley Gilbert's engine? A Harley-Davidson motorcycle.
So what could possibly make the experience of riding a hog in the sunshine even better? Riding for a good cause -- which is exactly what he's about to do.
The hit-making singer-songwriter is partnering with the motorcycle manufacturer and Folds of Honor, a military charity, to embark on a six-day ride from Athens, Ga., to Arlington, Va., to help honor many of our nation's heroes.
It's such a wonderful event and anything but a luxury joy ride. It's a way to remember those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our nation. Fans submitted the names of loved ones who were lost in action, and those names will be written on the sides of a tour bus accompanying Gilbert on the trek.
He's also planning to stop along the way for a series of performances and to sign autographs. One of the stops is the historic Georgia Theater in Athens, where Gilbert cut his teeth as a performer. Appearances include a May 25 performance in Charlotte, N.C., during the prerace concert for the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway before he concludes the motorcycle ride at Arlington National Cemetery.
A full schedule of events is expected to be announced May 12. But don't worry. If you can't be there to hang with him at one of the stops, he'll be posting daily video updates, tweets, photos and more on his official website.
Gilbert's latest single "Bottoms Up" recently topped the Billboard country songs chart. He'll release his new album, Just as I Am, on May 19.