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.
- Always Someone Better: Jason Aldean is this to Brantley, having turned two of Brantley's failed singles into massive hits.
- Artistic License – Military: "One Hell of an Amen" refers to a soldier killed in action as "going out 21 guns blazing". A 21-gun salute is done with artillery pieces, not rifles, and is reserved for the funeral of a former or current president. The salute performed at soldiers' funerals is referred to as a three-volley salute and never has 21 shooters involved. It's possible Gilbert decided "21 guns blazing" worked better rhythmically, though the distinction isn't exactly well-known.
- 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).
- 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.
- Rerelease 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.