About Brantley Gilbert
If there’s a Springsteen of modern country, it’s Brantley Gilbert, whose carefully observed tales of small-town life and salt-of-the-earth characters’ everyday struggles are told via mile-wide rock riffs and spare acoustic ballads. Born in the tiny town of Jefferson, GA, in 1985, Gilbert miraculously survived a horrific auto accident at age 19 and came away with a sense of purpose. He eventually made his way to Nashville, and by 2009 he had released his debut album, A Modern Day Prodigal Son, on which he concentrated more on crooning than he ever would again. The follow-up, 2010’s Halfway to Heaven, defined his sound, with a harder-rocking feel and a grittier vocal approach. With his tattoos, motorcycle, and bushy beard, Gilbert’s badass biker image suited his style down to the ground. Soon after the record’s release, Jason Aldean had huge hits with his “My Kinda Party” and “Dirt Road Anthem.” This thrust Gilbert into the spotlight, as Halfway to Heaven was reissued in a deluxe edition on the high-profile Valory label and became a major hit. The record spawned a pair of No. 1 country singles, “Country Must Be Country Wide” and “You Don’t Know Her Like I Do,” and Gilbert’s career was off to the races. He went on to score a string of No. 1 country albums and heavy-duty hits—including 2013’s hard-stomping rocker “Bottoms Up” and 2014’s jubilant, anthemic “One Hell of an Amen”—that cemented his status as one of Nashville’s favorite bad boys.
BORNJanuary 20, 1985