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Brantley GilbertBeing a country music fan sometimes feels similar to being the fan of a really really bad sports team, where you feel inclined to put a bag over your head as opposed to showing your face in public. The truth is that mainstream country music has very much become niche programming, and only subsists off of selling advertisement to a very specific demographic slice that is specifically susceptible to marketing slogans for corporate beer and domestic-made full size pickup trucks. Most people don’t even know how bad today’s mainstream country has become because they never interact with it. But even as non country fans, they still have a notion of what country music is supposed to be. Perhaps they heard it growing up, or happen top be passive fans of folks like Garth Brooks or George Strait. Then they get a whiff of what is popular today, and they are appalled.

Shortly after the album’s October release, Gilbert will set sail for his Second Annual Kick It in the Ship cruise. He will be joined by Rice, LANCO, Diamond Rio, Tyler Farr, Danielle Bradbery, Jon Langston, Colt Ford, Tyler Rich, SixForty1, Trea Landon, Sam Grow, Tyler Braden, Brian Davis, Tyler Booth and more as they rock the high-seas from Miami to Cozumel this November.


I just find it a shame that that’s what the NFL is putting out there as far as a halftime show. Piss poor execution all around. Even if I liked the music, the production quality was low, the placement was weird, literally none of it worked.

Of course, there are enough lug heads out there to allow Brantley Gilbert‘s new record to go #1 in country this week, but with numbers so week (28,000 units? Please…), they were bested by the debut of the new Whiskey Myers self-titled album last week.

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In 2014, Brantley Gilbert scored his first #1 Billboard country album with Just As I Am, the third-highest country debut of the year. As a songwriter, Gilbert has composed #1 songs such as My Kinda Party” and Dirt Road Anthem” for Jason Aldean, among others.

Gilbert began performing covers of popular songs at local venues in his hometown of Jefferson and other surrounding cities, eventually making his way to Nashville, Tenn., the heart and soul of country music. After signing on to Big Machine Records, he re-released his album titled Halfway to Heaven with one of the singles eventually reaching the top of the US Country Songs Billboard Charts. A second single released from the same album later peaked on the Top 5 list.

Brantley will kick off his Not Like Us Tour with Lindsay Ell and Michael Ray in June, in addition to playing numerous summer festivals and fairs. Brantley is also hard at work on his upcoming fifth studio album, with lead single, What Happens in a Small Town,” featuring Lindsay Ell, climbing to No. 22 on the Billboard Country Airplay chart this week.


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I have reviewed Brantley Gilbert records before and given him credit for the quality songs he usually includes. His new record is on my radar and I may post a review for it. Thanks for reading.

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Gilbert wraps up his Not Like Us Tour this weekend and then launches his Fire’t Up Tour in late January, including a stop Feb. 6 at the Resch Center. His new album, “Fire & Brimstone,” came out Oct. 4 and includes the hit “What Happens in a Small Town” with Lindsay Ell.


Part of why Gilbert was put here is to serve as a talisman for his fans. Singing for the unrepresented, the unheard and the unseen, he gives voice to the heart of America. It’s simple truths, the kind of basic common sense and grace that gets lost in the talking heads, the cognoscenti and the powerbrokers who forget this country runs on real people doing actual jobs and not worrying about how they’re seen.

Brantley Gilbert’s Fire’t Up Tour with special guests Dylan Scott & Brandon Lay is headed to Green Bay on February 6! Tickets go on sale September 20 at 11 am.

Brantley Gilbert will release his much-anticipated fifth studio album, Fire & Brimstone , on October 4. Brantley Gilbert will perform at Lambeau Field on Monday night for the Genesis Halftime Show that will air during “Monday Night Football” on ESPN.

You’ll hear a different side of Brantley Gilbert in this album—in a recent visit to our studio, he said being a husband and a dad now has him reminiscing and writing stories about this chapter of his life.

Additionally, Five Finger Death Punch’s original cover version of “Blue On Black” has already generated over 50 million on-demand streams in the US, and is one of the most-consumed songs on the band’s current album (averaging over 1 million US streams per week). The song features distorted guitars, pummeling percussion and a swaggering chant that marks a surprising outlier on FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH’s current and seventh studio album, AND JUSTICE FOR NONE In the US alone, FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH have sold 4.5 million albums, 10 million digital songs and over 3 billion streams total.

Brantley Gilbert

Combining the outlaw country of Eric Church with the blue-collar rock of Bruce Springsteen, Brantley Gilbert is one of the harder-edged names to emerge from the contemporary Nashville scene. The self-proclaimed small-town guy has also barely left the road since emerging in the late ’00s, supporting the likes of Willie Nelson, Toby Keith and Tim McGraw, as well as headlining his own tours: 2012’s Hell on Wheels, 2016’s Take It Outside and 2018’s The Ones That Like Me. As you’d expect, the Brantley Gilbert live experience is a loud and proud one, with his array of fist-pumping, foot-stomping anthems often accompanied by dazzling pyrotechnics, swirling lasers and LCD visuals.

Moving to Nashville, he signed with Warner Chappell Publishing (his songs have been recorded by the likes of Jason Aldean and Colt Ford) and began working toward completing an album. Modern Day Prodigal Son finally appeared in 2009 from Average Joe’s, which also released the follow-up, Halfway to Heaven, in 2010. Gilbert signed with Big Machine’s Valory Music imprint in 2011 and the label reissued Halfway to Heaven. With Valory’s support, the album took off: “Country Must Be Country Wide” and “You Don’t Know Her Like I Do” both topped the U.S. country chart on their way to being certified platinum. Two other singles were pulled from the record in 2012 – “Kick It in the Sticks” and “More Than Miles,” both peaking in the country Top 20 – and then in 2013, Gilbert began working on a new studio project with producer Dann Huff.

Gilbert was originally signed to Colt Ford’s label, Average Joe’s Entertainment where he released the singles “Modern Day Prodigal Son” and “Halfway to Heaven” alongside others.

Listen for What Happens In A Small Town” by Brantley Gilbert featuring Lindsay Ell on Bloomington-Normal’s #1 Country, B104. There is a 10 ticket limit per household, per event until June 28. These tickets can be mailed or picked up at the box office.

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It appears to mostly be guys who are posting the negative comments about Brantley, did your girlfriends tell you that he is hotter than you? Jealously is an ugly look on anyone. He is a good person in addition to being a good performer which is why people pay good money to see him play, a crap attitude gets you nowhere.

Joining Gilbert for his Take It Outside Tour are label-mate Justin Moore and Dirt Road Anthem” co-writer Colt Ford. Given that all three have toured with each other over the years, it should make for a night of hardcore outsider country – from Gilbert’s harder rock to Moore’s serious beer joint country and Ford’s rap-forward style.

Brantley Gilbert is the best person I have ever seen in concert. He interacts so well with the crowd and is just an everyday, blue collar, hard working person like us.

Brantley Gilbert’s Not Like Us 2019 Tour, which includes special guests Michael Ray and Lindsey Ell, has tour stops throughout the US. Country music lovers from Daily’s Place in Jacksonville, Fla., to the Xfinity Theatre in Hartford, Conn., and everywhere in between will have the chance to line up and line dance the night away.

Look, it’s their prerogative (that means right for you BG fans) to like his music if they want, just like it’s mine to not. I, for one, have never listened to a song of his that I remotely enjoy. His voice has never settled well with me.

Brantley doesn’t just write songs, he shares from the heart the chapters of his life through music. He is adamant about the fact that the devoted BG Nation” is made up of his friends, not fans. He’s created a high-energy, in-your-face collection with plenty of adrenaline and testosterone. He also evokes a softer connection, proving a tough guy can be tender, too. No matter the song, he plays the guitar like an extension of his voice—an ebb and flow of emotion that resonates with millions.

Starting at 9 a.m. Tuesday, June 25 through Etix. All concerts seats are reserved. Convenience charges apply to all tickets. I love Brantley Gilbert and Cody Jinks This song choice maybe was the music is great.

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For Gilbert, who won the 2014 American Music Award for Favorite Country Album for Just As I Am, every album is another chapter in the life the unrepentant good ole boy has led. Whether it’s raising hell, standing tall or bottoming out, Gilbert’s truth speaks to the heart of blue collar life in the 21st century: hard working, fun loving and deeply committed to the people he loves.

Brantley Gilbert is an American country singer, songwriter and record producer. He is the ACM New Male Artist Award 2013 winner. His songs – You Don’t Know Her Like I Do and Country Must Be Country Wide gave him recognition. He has written songs that were recorded by the very popular American country singer – Jason Aldean.

His powerful voice is an instrument of emotion and he conducts the crowds at his live shows like a country rock orchestra of human experience. Through his entire breadth of work, Brantley invites you to climb aboard his Harley and race at breakneck speed through his lyrical struggle between bad and good. He’ll forge ahead when you think he’s going to stop and he’ll slam on the breaks in the middle of musical high—just like he is reliving every emotion and memory again. He sings his story to the world, his words playing their heartstrings, which speaks to other souls and rocks them so hard one feels like they are dancing, fighting, partying, loving and living with him.

Anyway, Brantley Gilbert really was as terrible as you heard, and just in case you wanted to corroborate everyone’s reactions, video of the incident has surfaced below with all of 189 views at time of posting. And what the hell has happened to Brantley Gilbert’s voice? It used to not be this bad. Now he sounds like a guy who’s ragged his throat out by constantly yelling at all the women in his life while chain smoking filterless Pall Malls.

Fire & Brimstone was nearly put together, but his record label said he didn’t have THE single. So BG went back to the drawing board and wrote “What Happens In A Small Town” with songwriters Rhett Akins and Brock Berryhill.

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