Music / Brantley Gilbert

Brantley Gilbert (born January 20, 1985 in Jefferson, Georgia) is an American country rock music singer-songwriter. He has released two albums, both on the Average Joes Entertainment label. His songs have also been recorded by Colt Ford and Jason Aldean. In December 2010, he left Average Joes to join Valory, where he charted "Country Must Be Country Wide". A deluxe edition of Halfway to Heaven was released on September 13, 2011, two months before "Country Must Be Country Wide" reached No. 1 on the Hot Country Songs chart. In July 2012 his follow-up, "You Don't Know Her Like I Do", also hit No. 1.

Brantley launched his second Big Machine album in 2014 with the #1 hit "Bottoms Up" and the Top 10 "Small Town Throwdown", featuring labelmates Thomas Rhett and Justin Moore.

Tropes present:

  • Always Someone Better: Jason Aldean is this to Brantley, having turned two of Brantley's failed singles into massive hits.
  • Country Rap: He did co-write "Dirt Road Anthem" with Colt Ford.
  • Fake-Out Fade-Out: "You Don't Know Her Like I Do" seems to end, then launches into a minute-long coda (which is removed from the radio edit).
  • Guttural Growler: Many of his songs have him singing in a low, guttural growl with very poor enunciation.
  • Heavy Meta: "Country Must Be Country Wide".
  • Massive Multiplayer Crossover: "Small Town Throwdown" has Thomas Rhett and Justin Moore.
  • Not So Different: The theme of "Country Must Be Country Wide" is that the country fanbase is not entirely limited to the South.
  • Past in the Rear-View Mirror: In "More Than Miles" our narrator is on his way to Nashville to try to make it big and left his girlfriend behind, thus "There's more than miles in my rearview" and "I'm changing lanes without my mirrors / 'cause every time I look behind me I see her." By the end of the song he turns around... and then he says, "Now I know what I'm supposed to do / There's still more than miles in my rearview", inverting the trope: he's going back to bring her with him, so Nashville in the rearview represents their future.
  • Re-release the Song: He originally released "Kick It in the Sticks" in 2010 on Average Joes and re-released it two years later.
  • Rhyming with Itself: The chorus of "Bottoms Up" rhymes "up" with "up".
  • Shout-Out: "My Baby's Guns N' Roses" is chock-full of shout-outs to...well, guess.
  • Something Completely Different: "You Don't Know Her Like I Do" and "More Than Miles" show that he's more than just the Southern rocker type that is so derided by country music critics.