Get your Freak on: Brett Eldredge is ready for the backstage hang with Blake Shelton

ABC/Image Group LA When Brett Eldredge kicks off Blake Shelton’s Country Music Freaks Tour tonight in Oklahoma, it’ll mark a personal milestone for him: It’s his last outing as an opening act, before he embarks on his own headlining The Long Way Tour in April.

It’s a full-circle moment for Brett, since once of the very first shows he ever opened was for Blake.

“I'm excited that Blake is my last, like before I go jump into that,” Brett says, “because I just have such a comfort with that guy. For one, he knows who he is and he's always been so real to me.”

“He's no different from when I had nothing going on. I think [when] I opened the show for him, my record deal wasn't done yet. But we hung out after the show like we were best buds… and I love that about him…  He's just an Oklahoma boy that is not only a huge artist and amazing singer, but star now, but he doesn't act like that at all.”

Brett’s looking forward to experiencing what Blake’s tour is like behind-the-scenes.

“I've seen him a couple times live,” he admits, “but I've never got to really spend time backstage and stuff with him, and kinda seeing how his day's going. I love those moments of building up to the show too, and hanging out, and of course, the moments after. I'm sure there'll be some late hangs.”

Carly Pearce and Trace Adkins join Brett and Blake for the first show of the Country Music Freaks trek at BOK Center tonight in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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