When Brently Gilbert moved to Nashville to pursue a career as a songwriter, he didn’t know that one day he would win the Academy of Country Music Award for Top New Male Artist. Today, Gilbert is one of the most successful country music artists in the US with four studio albums under his belt, two of which have been certified Platinum.
Hailing from Jefferson, Georgia, Gilbert is an accomplished singer, songwriter and record producer, whose latest album is titled The Devil Don’t Sleep. To promote his latest effort, Gilbert is headlining a nationwide tour, The Devil Don’t Sleep Tour with special guests Luke Combs and Tucker Beathard.
If you’re into country rock and southern rock music, then join Gilbert as he performs at a venue near you. The Brantley Gilbert tickets are available here.
Early Life & Influences
Brantley Gilbert may not be where he is today if it wasn’t for that near fatal accident when he was only nineteen. He called this incident his wake-up call. In his own words, “I thought about how I might not be here tomorrow. And if I was going to do something with today, what would I do?” This made him pick up the guitar and write songs such as “Prodigal Son” and “Indiana's Angel”.
Gilbert is influenced by Toby Keith with whom he has headlined a tour in 2012. Tim McGraw is Gilbert’s other inspiration. Gilbert says that he wants to be like McGraw, both on and off stage. In 2013, he headlined a tour with McGraw as well.
In addition to artists, Gilbert is also influenced by singles of various artists, such as “Back in Black” by AC/DC, “Sunday Mornin’ Comin’ Down” by Kris Kristofferson, “Not Afraid” by Eminem, “As Angels Cry” by Corey Smith and “Simple Man” by Lynyrd Skynyrd.
Breakthrough & Recognition
In September, 2016, the Rolling Stone magazine called Gilbert “country music's true enigmas: a champion of the rural life who mixes elements of hip-hop, Eighties rock and Nineties nü-metal into hits…”
It, however, took Gilbert countless hours of hard work and perseverance to have Rolling Stone write him this tribute. Gilbert initially went to Nashville to write songs for various artists. Once in “Music City, U.S.A.” he also started performing locally. He was noticed by Average Joes Entertainment, which offered him a recording contract. Gilbert’s debut album was released by this recording label.
Famous Albums & Songs
Brently Gilbert’s debut studio album, Modern Day Prodigal Son was released in 2009. The album peaked at No.38 on the US Billboard 200 and spawned some of Gilbert’s earlier hits such as “My Kinda Party” and “The Best of Me.” The album also won favorable reviews from music critics, with Allmusic giving it 3.5 stars.
Gilbert’s second studio album, Halfway to Heaven was released in 2010. It reached No.4 on the Billboard 200 and sold in excess of one million records in the US. It was therefore certified Platinum by the RIAA. While the album peaked on a variety of charts, some of its singles also charted individually. Notably, “You Don’t Know Her Like I Do” and “Country Must Be Country Wide” reached No.1 on the Hot Country Songs chart.
In 2014, Gilbert’s third studio album, Just as I Am was released. The album debuted at No.1 on the US Top Country Albums chart and spawned hit singles such as “Stone Cold Sober,” “One Hell of an Amen,” “Small Town Throwdown” and “Bottoms Up” . This album was initially certified Gold in the US and later Platinum. Writing for AllMusic, Stephen Thomas Erlewine said that Gilbert is “an outlaw with no desire to rebel, an insider who doesn't belong, so his music exists just outside the perimeters of what is accepted and is all the more powerful for it.”
The Devil Don’t Sleep, Gilbert’s latest album was released in January, 2017, and debuted at No.1 on the US Top Country Albums chart. The album earned 4 stars from AllMusic and sold more than 66,000 copies in its first week of release alone. Two of the biggest hit singles from the album were “The Weekend” and “The Ones That Like Me.”
What’s Gilbert upto in 2017
Headlining The Devil Don’t Sleep Tour to promote his latest album, Gilbert will soon perform live near you. If you are interested in buying Brantley Gilbert concert tickets then get them here.