Saturday, June 10
Main Stage – 10:30 p.m.
Brantley Gilbert is tearing up the road with his latest album Just As I Am (The Valory Music Co.), which has burnt up the airwaves and ushered in summer with his first new work in four years.
Like the album’s title, the songs are an expression of who he is at this time in his life. The rings, the chains, the faith, the no apologies — “If You Want A Bad Boy,” you’ll find one in Brantley’s first song on his new album. Love him or not, his latest offering is Just As I Am and it is an album of unforgettable memories — for him and everyone who hears it.
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.
Well-worn denim, metal in many forms and a pulled-down ball cap may frame Brantley, but the true art comes from what you don’t see.
“I sing for the people who have helped me do my thing,” he said. His inspiration for writing comes from all aspects of his life, but he knows when he gets an “ear worm” it is a song that he needs to write now; he just has to give it legs and wings. That’s just what happened with Brantley’s number-one single “Bottoms Up.”
Brantley is excited about the renewed direction of his music as the more he lives, the more real life stories he has to share with others. He’s recruiting a new generation of fans who are less interested in genre and all about expressing themselves through the songs they sing and blurring the lines a bit. Effortlessly Just As I Am becomes the universal soundtrack from your best first date, the last dance of a good-bye and memories in between.
When putting the chapters of his life to music, Brantley believes if you write a song the right way, you’re still in love with someone every time you sing it, you’re still pissed when you were an idiot, and you’re still ready to party with your friends. While he certainly writes for himself, Brantley believes that his music reverberates with others because he is writing about life.
This album contains new anthems and clearly shows who Brantley Gilbert is now and what he’s come through to get where he is today. His music is deep, like the man of substance singing it, and you’ll find yourself wanting to fall in love one minute and get into some trouble the next. Life may be where Brantley’s songs start, but you can expect to have a lot of fun with his music. His songs are as serious as you make them.
Brantley Gilbert does not try to copy anyone else’s style of music; he’s happy to tell his story, his truth, and he believes he can reach out and touch others through his music. To relate to a song, you have to be good at painting pictures that others can see, feel and apply to their own lives. Just turn him on, crank it up and close your eyes — you’ll instantly find yourself on a techno-colored sound adventure of shared memories that allow you to live your story through his words.
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.
Some of Brantley Gilbert’s hit songs:
“Stone Cold Sober”
“One Hell of an Amen”
“Small Town Throwdown” (featuring Justin Moore and Thomas Rhett)
“You Don’t Know Her Like I Do”
“Country Must Be Country Wide”
“Kick It In the Sticks”