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Multi-Platinum-selling country star Brantley Gilbert delivers his anticipated album, “So Help Me God (Deluxe Edition),” supplementing the original release with the addition of five new songs that “like his previous studio albums,” shares American Songwriter, “the songs are a musical reflection of where Gilbert is at in life” and “purposefully lets the songs take the lead, co-writing all 15 tracks.” Available now via The Valory Music Co., listen to the album here.
“We’ve done a deluxe release for nearly all my albums, and it’s always been a great way to revisit some ideas that we didn’t get to initially or ideas we wanted to expand on. It allows us to tie up loose ends, kind of like a punctuation mark at the end of the sentence,” Gilbert said. “I’ve also always been a big fan of big records that have a lot of songs on them, but that’s just not the way music is consumed nowadays. I’d rather give folks some time to live with a good number of songs, get familiar with them, and then follow that up with a few more. It helps give the songs a life of their own that they wouldn’t have otherwise.”
Lauded by MusicRow as “a songwriter adept at crafting both driving crowd-pleasers and detailed heart-tuggers,” “So Help Me God (Deluxe Edition)” includes a touching celebration of life with “Tailgates of Heaven,” co-written with Josh Phillips and Derek George.
“This song is really special to me,” Gilbert said. “Josh brought in this idea after a buddy of his had passed away, and he wanted to do a song for him. I started thinking about people in my own life who had gone too soon, and it became something that means a lot to me, as well. As writers, anytime you write a song like that, we may have had one person or one thing in mind when we started it, but by the time it’s over, you really have to put your own emotional weight into it, or it’s just not believable. Super proud of that one, and I can’t wait for folks to hear it.”
Elaborating on current chart-climbing single “Heaven By Then” with Blake Shelton featuring Vince Gill, “Behind The Times,” co-written with Jake Mitchell, Randy Montana and Taylor Phillips, lays out the specifics of what it is Gilbert loves about his way of life, all while feeling content to be left behind by a world that doesn’t value the things that make him who he is.
Rounding out the 15-song collection, “So Help Me God (Deluxe Edition)” also includes feel-good hometown anthem “Wrote The Book Around Here,” a story of being unable to escape heartbreak in “All Over The Map,” and the statement-making “Bury Me Upside Down,” showcasing Gilbert’s signature twang meets hard-rockin’ guitars.
Gilbert will host his 2023 “Album Release Party and Trail Ride Powered By Polaris Inc.” at Brimstone Recreation in Huntsville (Tennessee) on April 22, leading fans on a group trail ride followed by an intimate performance from his frequent co-writers, along with a power acoustic set from the man himself. Special guests for the writers round acoustic performance include Bobby Pinson, Josh Phillips, Will Weatherly, Jake Mitchell, Cole Taylor and George Birge.
Tickets are available at BrantleyGilbert.com. Entry tickets do not include the Brimstone Recreation trail pass required to participate. They can be purchased here.
Kicking off this summer, Gilbert will join Nickelback for the “Get Rollin’ Tour,” performing across Canada and the U.S. with 35-plus stops, including dates in Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston and Nashville.
More About Brantley Gilbert
With back-to-back Platinum albums and a grassroots following millions strong, 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: RIAA seven-times-Platinum-certified “Bottoms Up,” two-times-Platinum “Country Must Be Country Wide,” two-times-Platinum “You Don’t Know Her Like I Do,” two-times-Platinum “One Hell of An Amen,” Platinum-certified collaboration with Lindsay Ell “What Happens In A Small Town,” and two chart-toppers as a songwriter with CMA Song of the Year nominee “Dirt Road Anthem” and “My Kinda Party.”
Gilbert’s landmark record, “Just As I Am,” clinched the 2014 American Music Award for Favorite Country Album. Earning praise from the New York Times, NPR, American Songwriter, and more, Gilbert has mined a rich vein of conflict between the party and the pew on all of his albums.
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