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 5x 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 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. Instead of toiling in limbo, unable to enjoy good times for fear of Judgment Day, Gilbert fully lives--rowdy friend, man of faith, devoted husband, smitten new father--just as he is.
FIRE & BRIMSTONE, out now via The Valory Music Co., is Gilbert's most mature and complex exploration of his world to date. His current single "Hard Days" is available everywhere now, and featured on the newly released FIRE & BRIMSTONE (DELUXE EDITION). For additional information, visit BrantleyGilbert.com or follow him on Instagram and Twitter @BrantleyGilbert and on Facebook @BrantleyGilbertMusic.
BIG FLATS, NY- The Michelob Ultra Summer Stage at Tag's Summer Stage welcomes
Brantley Gilbert with special guest Mitchell Tenpenny and Claudia Hoyser
Gates at 5:30pm | Starts at 7:00pm
Friday, September 17th, 2021
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Brantley Gilbert has been in a little trouble. He's gone too fast, stayed too late, and knocked out lights. But he's also seen poetry where others only saw weeds and broken glass, and resurrected faith after some declared it'd flatlined. Then, he put it in a song.
"Bleeding all over a piece of paper and wearing your heart on your sleeve: Music is the truest form of expression outside of prayer," Gilbert says. "Music's supposed to be a safe place for all things."
Gilbert is home in Maysville, Georgia, reflecting on the singular path he's taken to Fire & Brimstone, his fifth album released October 4, 2019, via the Valory Music Co. The guy who started as the defiant life-of-the-party can still go till 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.
As a country artist with back-to-back platinum albums, Gilbert has clearly struck a nerve. 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 "Red Dirt Anthem," "My Kinda Party," "Bottoms Up," "One Hell of an Amen," and "What Happens In A Small Town," featuring Lindsay Ell. Gilbert's landmark record Just As I Am clinched the 2014 American Music Award for Favorite Country Album.
On all of his albums, Gilbert has mined a rich vein of conflict between the party and the pew. The titles alone capture the battle: Modern Day Prodigal Son (2009), platinum-certified Halfway to Heaven (2010) and Just As I Am (2014) and gold-certified The Devil Don't Sleep (2017). But Gilbert has never forsaken any part of himself in order to better fit somebody else's idea of who he should be. Instead of toiling in limbo, unable to enjoy good times for fear of Judgment Day, Gilbert fully lives--rowdy friend, man of faith, devoted husband, smitten new father--just as he is. Fire & Brimstone is Gilbert's most mature and complex exploration of his world--including that holy and hell-raising tug-o-war--to date.
"I always say that my albums are chapters of my life, and 'Fire & Brimstone' is no different," Gilbert says. "Usually, I try to cover every aspect of who I am, but on this one, I did especially. This album is where I've been and where I am. It's a little bit of the journey."
The snapshot of Gilbert's life finds him in a vastly different place than he was just a few years ago. He is a husband and a father--albeit one whose job requires him to lead a wild party at least three nights a week. For Gilbert, it's been a natural progression that's allowed him to grow without ever sacrificing who he is. "If you liked 'You Don't Know Her Like I Do,' well, now I'm married to that girl," he says. "If you liked 'Modern Day Prodigal Son,' here's where I'm at in my faith with 'Fire & Brimstone.' If you liked the way we were partying back then, hey, brother: We're still doing it."
Fire & Brimstone kicks off with a triumphant return to the rowdy times. "Fire't Up" is a rallying cry: Come together, BG Nation. It's time to get pumped up. "Not Like Us" keeps spirits high but adds a rambunctious sense of pride as Gilbert snarls over moody guitars and hype-man whoop. Gilbert also recorded several Fire & Brimstone tracks at Tupac's original vocal booth at Mike Elizondo's studio, which used to be Death Row. "With this record, the goal for me was to let each song just be what it was--uninhibited and unfiltered," Gilbert says. "We just followed the song's instincts. I like to be able to write, and if it feels like the song is leading a certain way, then hey: Let's go chase it."
The collaborations on Fire & Brimstone are all standouts. No. 1 Single "What Happens in a Small Town" featuring Lindsey Ell shows once again that Gilbert is just as capable of heartbreaking vulnerability as he is hell-raising. He is a big fan of Ell and hopes the duet will introduce her to more fans. "It's a difficult time for females in this genre--it's especially hard for up-and-comers," he says. "Lindsey isn't just a pretty face. She's a guitar slinger. She's a real musician--a real artist--and she's working incredibly hard."
With guest harmonies from Jamey Johnson and Alison Krauss, the title track is a stunner. Gilbert wrote the track by himself as an intimate look at where he is now in his faith. "In my head, it was Jamey playing the old Southern Baptist reverend in the old, wooden, little bitty fire and brimstone church," Gilbert explains. "Alison is either in the choir or the front row, and I'm the dude in the back smoking a cigarette on the steps on the way in." Anchored by Gilbert's thorny croon, the song explores loneliness and judgment, both inside and outside the church.
Gilbert doesn't shy away from complexity. "Lost Soul's Prayer"--another highlight--is a look back at where he was in his faith not all that long ago. He stumbles through a divine plea that acknowledges weakness and pride: "You'll forgive me for my sin / Knowin' good and well I'll probably do it again / And be with them people lookin' down on me / But Lord, don't ever let 'em put their hands on me."
"As a man, very seldom do I talk about many things that are more than skin deep," Gilbert says. "As a songwriter and as an artist, I feel like the best way to represent myself is to be transparent--to write that story--and to write about things that maybe even I'm not comfortable talking about."
Love songs detailing the thrill of the chase including "Laid Back Ride" and "Breaks Down," as well as the rich joy of loyal companionship such as "Never Gonna Be Alone" are all here too, still inspired by Gilbert's wife, Amber. Moving track "Man of Steel" is a different kind of love song. Gilbert has big plans for the track, which he'll unveil soon. Album closer "Man Who Hung the Moon" is a poignant look at new fatherhood coupled with a push toward the only perfect Father who's been there all the long. Another written by Gilbert alone, the song is his favorite on the record.
Years of following his own muse instead of worshipping someone else's have paid off for Gilbert--and he doesn't show any signs of changing course. "We always know where we stand," he says. "As long as there's a box, I always know where I'm supposed to be, and that's on the outside of it."
Mitchell Tenpenny abandoned dreams of being a professional football player because his late-night songwriting showcases were at odds with early-morning college football practice. The grandson of famed country music publishing executive Donna Hilley, songwriting is in Tenpenny's blood. He has the inborn understanding of how details bring lyrics alive and the contemporary sensibilities to craft songs that country music fans crave.
His new eight-song EP "Midtown Diaries" distills his gift into infectious jams about girls and small towns, anthemic odes to love and raw, rapid-fire heartbreak. Ignited by the juxtaposition of Tenpenny and Jordan Schmidt's progressive co-production and Tenpenny's distinct, textured vocals, "Midtown Diaries" is the coming-of-age soundtrack for country fans of every vintage. He co-wrote every song.
"I want people to find their song on the EP," Tenpenny said. "That's why I gave it so much variety - love songs, break-up songs, weird songs that just feel groovy. I want them to fall in love with this, but in a way that they're like, 'Yes, I need more.'"
"Midtown Diaries" is the follow-up to Tenpenny's debut album "Telling All My Secrets," home to his double-platinum 2018 No. 1 smash "Drunk Me." The song led the Nashville native to personal and professional opportunities that range from meeting the love of his life to his co-write and duet on Chris Young's current single "At the End of a Bar."
"That doesn't happen without success," he said. "You don't get chances in this town. You have to earn them. You have to get lucky. 'Drunk Me' was the only reason people started listening to me. It set rocket fuel to my career."
Being the artist was never his plan. Playing in bands was Tenpenny's first passion. When he was 13 years old, he was the drummer and screamer in a hard rock band with his friends. He wrote his first song around then, too, and while he describes the lyrics as 'terrible,' it made his mother cry happy tears. The song was country, had a catchy melody and she could understand the words. Her reaction triggered a shift in Tenpenny's musical goals, and he started to write traditional-sounding country music songs. He continued to perform with his friends, but they went separate ways when the boys graduated high school.
Tenpenny headed to Lipscomb University to play football, then transferred to MTSU, where he shared a room with his best friend and fellow songwriter Brad Clawson. He planned to continue to play football, but his love of the game couldn't compete with his passion for songwriting. He took a professional songwriting class at MTSU where the professor and his classmates took turns critiquing each other's material. The course culminated with a performance at Bluebird Café - his first time on the famous stage. His grandmother, his mom and dad and all this mother's friends came to the show.
"That was the first legitimate thing I got to do in the music industry," he said.
After graduation, Tenpenny took a job in construction to pay the bills while working toward being a professional songwriter. Night after night, he sang his songs in bars and clubs, hoping that someone would want to record them. The feedback he received was consistent - he should record his songs instead of pitching them to other artists. One of those people, he said, was Craig Wiseman - Tenpenny's favorite songwriter. Wiseman, known for writing hits including Tim McGraw's "Live Like You Were Dying," offered to write with the young songwriter. The write took a year to happen, but Wiseman's endorsement gave Tenpenny the confidence to keep pushing forward.
"I was like, 'Okay, if this guy is coming up and saying that then maybe this is possible," he said. "My career took off from there."
Equipped with a catalog of hundreds of songs he'd written, Tenpenny signed a publishing deal with Sony/ATV and scored several popular song cuts, including Granger Smith's Top 10 hit, "If the Boot Fits."
In 2017, he played a set during CMA Music Fest that attracted the attention of Sony Music Nashville. Label executives in the audience were intrigued by fans' response to his "Alcohol You Later." Within two weeks, they were in serious negotiations for the singer's first major-label record deal. Sony was so sure of Tenpenny's talent that they sent him on a radio tour to promote his debut single "Drunk Me" before the deal was finalized.
"It was crazy," Tenpenny said of the chain of events. "You just never know who is in the crowd. The faith and trust that they had in me for them to just say, 'Hey, we'll get it all figured out, but we gotta go,' was pretty awesome. I didn't have a lot of time to think about it. It was like, 'I'm going to be an artist.'"
Sony Music Nashville revealed Tenpenny's signing - a joint venture between Tenpenny's Riser House and Columbia Nashville - in early 2018. Powered by the success of "Drunk Me," Tenpenny's first album, "Telling All My Secrets," came out at the end of the year and earned him the best first-week showing for any major label country debut LP of 2018.
"Drunk Me" was praised by the New York Times as one of the best songs of 2018, made history by achieving the highest entry for a new artist on Nielsen's On Demand Audio Core Country Streaming chart, and has since amassed more than 500 million streams.
In 2019, he kept his momentum and earned a New Male Artist of the Year nomination at the ACM Awards and a nod for Breakthrough Video ("Drunk Me") at the CMT Music Awards. He was the only country artist named one of Pandora's 2019 Artists to Watch and was included on prestigious lists such as Music Row's Next Big Thing and The Tennessean's Next Nashville Stars.
He didn't intend for there to be a nearly three-year gap between projects. But, just as it did for most people, 2020 put a glitch in Tenpenny's plans. He wanted to capitalize on the success of "Drunk Me," keep releasing new music and log plenty of time on the road introducing it to fans. Touring is a vital part of the success of new music, and since that wasn't possible, he had to reevaluate.
He used the extra time to write songs, including many of the songs on "Midtown Diaries," "At the End of a Bar," and more he hopes to release later.
"A lot of life has happened in three years," he said. "I'm a different person. Some of these songs, when we're going back and listening to stuff, you gotta make sure that you're still in that headspace. A lot of songs that I loved back then ended up not making it because I'm just not the same person I was when I wrote it. It was writing every day for almost three years and picking eight songs out of that."
Since the pandemic prevented Tenpenny from testing new songs with audiences, he turned to TikTok to vet material for "Midtown Diaries." "Truth About You," the EP's lead single, likely wouldn't have made the project if it hadn't gone viral on TikTok. He wrote the break-up song - a fervent, wounded mid-tempo wrapped in contemporary production - more than two years ago. He found "Truth About You" while reviewing older songs and tossed it on TikTok. Two-and-a-half million plays earned it a slot on the EP.
He wrote "Truth About You" with Thomas Archer and Matt Alderman.
"At that time in my life, I was like, 'I know exactly how to write this song. I've lived it before,'" he said. "I'm not in that headspace anymore, but I want to write songs people can relate to and use for good. If it helps them through a break-up, that's everything for me."
Tenpenny released "Truth About You" to streaming services in July. Within days of its release, "Truth About You" was streamed more than 1.4 million times to make it the largest streaming debut of his career.
While "Truth About You" isn't indicative of Tenpenny's headspace - "I Can't Love You Any More" is the singer to a tee. The song, written with HARDY and Schmidt, is a positive up-tempo love song inspired by his girlfriend.
The lyric is: "I can't love you any more than I do right now."
"It's one of those classic country songs with the turn of phrase," he explained. "I just wrote that song about looking at my girlfriend from across the room and the little things she does. I'm so glad it made the record because when I hear it, I see her."
Tenpenny co-wrote "To Us It Did" with HARDY and Schmidt, too. A nostalgic, feel-good bop, the song explores the small moments that comprise the best memories.
"We just wrote about our lives growing up," Tenpenny said. "It's those moments where you're talking back with your friends, and to you all, it means everything. But if you tell it to someone else, they don't care. It was a lot of fun to kind of reflect back on those."
Tenpenny debuted "Bucket List" at the beginning of the year. Written with Laura Veltz and Chris DeStefano about two years ago, "Bucket List" was inspired by fans' connection to Tenpenny's "Walk Like Him." Tenpenny wanted to give listeners a song about loss that offered hope.
"It was perfect because it wasn't too serious, and we could make the song hopeful about taking care of things right now," he said.
Tenpenny is filled with hope right now. He's thankful to be back on the road playing music again. He wants people to hear "Midtown Diaries," and he's optimistic that "At the End of a Bar" could be his first No. 1 hit as a songwriter for another artist, which is an item on his bucket list.
"Midtown Diaries" has a song for every emotion carefully crafted to marry country music's love affair with lyrics with modern production tailor-made for country radio.
And Tenpenny's mama definitely approves.
Claudia Hoyser is an American country music singer, songwriter and social influencer. Her songs have been featured in international movies, national advertising campaigns and have charted consecutively on the Music Row Breakout Charts - All prior to any album release. Garnering over 120 million organic streams on Facebook alone, Claudia's fingerprint voice and musical palette evokes nostalgic feelings through the gift of modern story or can bring on some dusty edge with her sultry country soul.
She first gained recognition in 2017 when an unmixed demo of her song "No Matter What it Costs" found its way to local country radio and was added to the playlist after listener response. That single string of events built Hoyser's confidence in being accepted into country music circles.
Prior to the 2020 shutdowns, Claudia performed 168 shows in 2019 and supported Easton Corbin, Cassadee Pope, Chase Rice, Carly Pearce, Pam Tillis, Lorrie Morgan, Lauren Alaina, Caylee Hammack and Sister Hazel. She has forthcoming shows with Toby Keith and Ingrid Andress.
Claudia is the epitome of a working musician; she built a loyal fan base garnering an average of 800,000 weekly viewers hosting 126 episodes of her Facebook music series Hoyser Country Monday. Currently she is hosting a monthly series, Fired Up Live with Claudia Hoyser, where Claudia hosts other artists as they share stories from the road and musical performances. Recent guests have included Pam Tillis, Jeannie Seely, Deanna Carter, James Otto, Mark Wills, Chuck Wicks, Allie Colleen and actor C. Thomas Howell.
Wielding a true DIY spirit, Claudia has been wood shedding in the studio for the last four years writing over 200 songs and carving out her sound. Now, she is very excited to announce the release of her debut full-length album "Red Lights Turning Green."
" I chose the more difficult path knowing it would make me stronger."