St. Charles band wins chance to open for country star Brantley Gilbert

ST. CHARLES – The stage keeps getting bigger for St. Charles band Six String Crossing.

Last year, the country band performed at Country Thunder music festival in Wisconsin.

On Sunday, Six String Crossing will open for country star Brantley Gilbert at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet after winning a contest sponsored by US99.5 radio station.

The band was one of six finalists performing this week in front of a panel of judges.

Six String Crossing performed “Mr. Daniels,” a song written by St. Charles resident Brandon Williams, the band’s frontman.

The win took Williams by surprise.

“I didn’t expect to win,” said Williams, 21, a 2010 St. Charles East High School graduate. “I think we’re just comfortable playing together. We’re a tight band now.”

“Mr. Daniels” has already brought Williams good fortune.

“I got a showcase in Nashville because of it,” Williams said. “I wrote the song a few years ago, and it always brings a good response from a crowd. It’s also doing well on iTunes.”

Williams said he is looking forward to opening for Gilbert, who continues to sell out venues throughout the country.

“I saw him in Wisconsin at Summerfest,” Williams said. “I like the way he writes music.”

Along with winning the opportunity to open for Gilbert, Six String Crossing also won a $1,000 cash prize, which Williams said the band plans to use toward recording its first professional CD.

Williams said he is overwhelmed by the success the band already has achieved.

“I never would have expected to play at the House of Blues or win a US99 contest,” he said. “We have a name that people recognize now.”