10-track collection set for release Nov. 10, including new single ‘Heaven By Then’ with Blake Shelton featuring Vince Gill
Multi-Platinum country star Brantley Gilbert is the first to admit he’s meticulous when it comes to writing and releasing new music, tinkering and tweaking things until he feels he’s found the best way to serve the song and the project.
“I’ve always taken a little longer than most artists, especially in this genre, to put an album out, and that’s partly to do with me being a perfectionist,” Gilbert prefaced. “But we’ve been looking forward to getting this album out for a long time. I’ve been blessed to sit down with some of the best writers in the country, and I feel like we’ve written some wonderful stuff.”
Armed with a 10-track collection that meets the Georgia-native’s standards, Gilbert announces his long-awaited new album “So Help Me God” via The Valory Music Co., set for digital release Nov. 10. Presave the album here.
“In the past, my albums were almost direct reflections, direct chapters of my life,” Gilbert shared. “Whatever I’d gone through since I wrote the last record would make its way onto the new album. There’s still some of that with ‘So Help Me God,’ since I’m a cowriter on all the songs – it’s been three years since the last release and a lot of life lived. But I feel like this album is more of a mixtape of great songs.”
He added, “We wanted to put songs that sounded good together, but also songs that covered a wide variety of genre influences. There’s a lot of different songwriting styles on the album. We’re super-excited about it, and I can’t wait for BG Nation to hear what we’ve been working on.”
With the release of “So Help Me God” also comes Gilbert’s newest single headed to country radio on Nov. 14, “Heaven By Then” with Blake Shelton featuring Vince Gill. Co-written with Brock Berryhill, Michael Hardy, Jake Mitchell, Randy Montana, Hunger Phelps and Taylor Phillips, the album opener highlights a way of life that can often feel like it’s disappearing, as the pace of everyday life continues to speed up.
It states, “When they pave all the dirt roads/And John Deeres are dinosaurs/When the last back 40 gets sold/And young boys don’t open doors/When you can’t hunt a white tail/And keep what you reel in/Well, I hope I’m in heaven by then/
“No, I don’t wanna go today but I don’t wanna live/Down here at a place that thinks that that place don’t exist/There comes a day this country’s somewhere country don’t fit in/Hell, I hope I’m in heaven by then.”
“We were on a writing retreat in Texas that we do every year, and everybody was out on the porch. I don’t remember who threw a word in here or there and who didn’t, so, we ended up with a bunch of writers on ‘Heaven By Then,’” Gilbert said. “And I love songs like that. It came out of a conversation. A guitar ended up in HARDY’s lap, which is usually a good sign that it’s about to turn into something special. I think we all knew that as it was being written. It came to life that night.”
He added, “To have Blake Shelton and Vince Gill on the song meant so much to me. Those two brought so much to the table and gave it a voice I didn’t have. We were all in separate places when we recorded, but it was a cool way for everyone to put their spin on it. They just did what felt natural and sonically; you hear that.”
As the “Son Of The Dirty South Tour” with “Son Of The Dirty South” collaborator Jelly Roll continues, Gilbert’s co-headlining tour with Five Finger Death Punch kicks off Nov. 9 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and continues through Dec. 17, wrapping in Las Vegas. For tickets or more information, visit BrantleyGilbert.com.
A press release stated, “As a longtime supporter and advocate for service men and women, Gilbert continues championing veterans through his latest partnership with Nine Line Apparel for an exclusive shirt design, which will benefit Nine Line Foundation.
“Nine Line Foundation is a charitable organization dedicated to meeting the financial and specialized needs of severely injured soldiers and their families. In combat, ‘nine line’ is an emergency medevac request, and is often the difference between life and death for the most severely wounded soldiers. Since 2013, Nine Line Foundation’s mission has been to serve in a similar manner, offering a lifeline once wounded veterans return stateside.”
The exclusive design can be purchased on a T-shirt for $25.99, long-sleeve for $29.99, or hoodie for $42.99. For more information, visit NineLineApparel.com.
With back-to-back Platinum albums and a grassroots following millions strong, Brantley Gilbert’s music has been shared, covered and adopted as the soundtrack to Saturday night and Sunday morning by audiences around the world. The Georgia native who started as the defiant life-of-the-party can still go ‘til sunrise, but he’s also emerged as something far greater: The leader of a massive tribe of hard-working, fun-loving believers for whom electric guitar-shredding, rapping and twang can go hand-in-hand-in-hand. They call themselves the BG Nation, and when the BG Nation watches Gilbert on a stage, they don’t just see a star. They see themselves.
Seven No. 1 hits punctuate his career: “Country Must be Country Wide,” “You Don’t Know Her Like I Do,” CMA Awards Song of the Year nominee “Dirt Road Anthem,” “My Kinda Party,” RIAA five-times-Platinum-certified “Bottoms Up,” “One Hell of an Amen” and collaboration with Lindsay Ell “What Happens In A Small Town.”
Gilbert’s landmark record, “Just As I Am,” earned him the 2014 American Music Award for Favorite Country Album.