Brett Young brings Gavin DeGraw along for his Las Vegas tour stop

 By Brock Radke (contact)

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 | 2 a.m.

Rising country star Brett Young is touring behind his second studio album, “Ticket to L.A.,” and its hot single “Here Tonight.” When he returns to Las Vegas this weekend, he’ll be co-headlining with one of his musical mentors and an artist who inspired him to pursue singing and songwriting when his sports career ended: Gavin DeGraw.

I spoke with Young all about this special Hard Rock Hotel gig, his love of Las Vegas and some of his other collaborators from the new record.

You’ve been a frequent Vegas visitor since your debut album arrived two years ago and you grew up in Southern California. Have you always been a Vegas guy? Yeah. Even before I was making music, it was one of my favorite things to do, whether I was coming for high school basketball tournaments or I was turning 21 and it was a last-minute decision with my boys to drive in for the weekend. One of my best friends in college lived there for some stretches and I spent a ton of time there, and now, the country fans in Vegas are so fantastic. People are willing to make it a destination and come from all over for country music in Las Vegas.

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