Open Letter to Brantley Gilbert of BG Nation

BG Nation

Country music artist Brantley Gilbert

Hiya Brantley! Most people reading this letter might be wondering, "who the heck is Brantley Gilbert?" Well I'm here to introduce you to them. I highly suggest to my readers who haven't heard your music to give one of your videos posted below a listen. Hopefully they will post a comment and let you know what they think of your music. That way when you stop by to read this letter you can meet some new fans! I consider you an outstanding, outlaw musician who has earned a well deserved shout-out from Sunshine! It's all good Brantley, don't be shy! Then again alpha males are not normally shy, are they? You exude confidence in a way only BG can do it!

First off a congratulations is in order for you! Kudos to having your hit Country Must Be Country Wide reach number one on the country music charts! I can only imagine your excitement when you received the news. Your first ever number one means you are going places and you are finally going to achieve the recognition that you well deserve. I've been a fan of that song for awhile and I'm a proud fan and extremely happy for you!

You almost didn't have a career. I'm sure you remember when you crashed your truck at the age of 19 and you were thrown from the back window, luckily you survived. Even though the truck flipped several times you are alive today and we are thankful...as I'm sure you and your family are! You made a smart move by placing those partying days behind you...well at least no drinking and driving. Or texting. Or songwriting!

Brantey Gilbert - Country Must Be Country Wide

How does it feel to be compared to John Mellencamp and Bruce Springsteen? That's real cool for a 26 year old from Jefferson, Georgia who's only been in the business for six years! What I enjoy about your music is that it's not your everyday country tunes. I like the rock and roll edginess that you've incorporated into your music. You are unique and a nice addition to the country music genre.

I first heard about you when you achieved star status as a songwriter. You penned songs that have been made famous by Colt Ford and Jason Aldean. Dirt Road Anthem is a classic, it will always remain a favorite of mine! Both you and Colt co-wrote it and Colt performed it. Shortly thereafter Jason Aldean sang and performed it and the rest is history! That song really got around! No pun intended. Jason Aldean also sang My Kinda Party which you wrote much to my delight! Total awesomeness!

Sorry about the trouble you were having with your record labels. It was wrong of your first label to drop you before your CD Modern Day Prodigal Son was released back in 2006. Oh well, it's their loss! I bet you are laughing in their face now! Average Joe's Entertainment Group didn't work out for you either. That's okay everything happens for a reason...which brings us to Big Machine Records and Valory Music Group! They knew what they were doing when they signed you! Heck, look at Taylor Swift, her career is doing kinda good (insert humor)! She's a country pop sensation, but T-Swizzle is another story.

Here you are with two albums and a number one single! By the way I bet you had a lot to be thankful for on Thanksgiving 2011 since that's the week your song became number one. I have a strong suspicion that you are grateful year-round. You've mentioned your strong family ties and how when you are away from home you missed your family in Georgia. Your family must be very proud of your success. Keep on singin' your country rock sensations and I'll keep jammin' along with you! I hope that by Sunshine pimping you out, you gain more fans and your audience becomes large enough to fill a stadium! I hope to see you in concert soon. Rock on...in a country sorta way!

Update: I finally had the chance to see Brantley Gilbert in concert at the CFE Arena in Orlando in February of 2016. Dammmmn that concert was amazing! Michael Ray, Canaan Smith and Brantley kicked country ass!

We weren't raised to take. We were raised to give the shirt off our back to anyone in need.

-Brantley Gilbert

Brantley Gilbert - Kick It In The Sticks

© 2011 Linda Bilyeu

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Stokermm 5 years ago from Gainesville, FL

Hello Brantley Gilbert! Nice to meet you. I love country music... mostly because my mom, Sunshine, makes sure that I listen to ALL of her favorite songs! Congrats on your recent #1 hit! I'm sure I'll be hearing your name more often. :)


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Sunshine625 5 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Hey Stoker, Brantley will adore your message! BTW Google placed an ad for Keith Urban's new colonge on this hub, how cool is that!!!


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Jeannieinabottle 5 years ago from Baltimore, MD

I had never heard of Brantley Gilbert until now. Thank you for sharing him with us. He is quite a good looking guy, isn't he? His music is pretty good, too. Voted up and awesome!


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Sunshine625 5 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Hi Jeannie, Yay! I'm glad you enjoyed Brantley's music and his picture:)) Thank you!


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Rosemay50 5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

I hadn't heard of Brantley Gilbert either so thank you for the introduction Sunshine.

His music sounds good, but I couldn't listen to Dirt Road Anthem (not available in my country) which was a shame, I would have liked to have heard that one too.

It is so good to hear that he is doing so well after that near fatal accident.

Thank you for sharing


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Sunshine625 5 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Oh Rosemary, I'm sorry you aren't able to view Dirt Road Anthem...it's an awesome video by Jason Aldean. Maybe you could google a version that's allowed in New Zealand. Thanks for the visit:)


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Mentalist acer 5 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

Dear Brantley:

Welcome To Your New Home.

Some Advice:

Keep it clean and know that every house needs a clutter free attic or the sale value will go down.;)

From Linda c/o Bryan .;)


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Sunshine625 5 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Hi Bryan! Good advice to Brantley, I'm sure he'll appreciate it! :))


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fpherj48 5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Sunshine, Oh Sunshine....Queen of C & W Artists & tunes

You're right, I don't know him and never heard his #1 song. But thanks to you, I do now....and looks like a few other hubbers too. Did I ever tell you that besides all your favorites you have written about and I also like.....one of my very favorites is "Collin Raye?". Do you like him?...he does a song, "In This Life," that never fails to reduce me to a sniffling sobbing limp noodle...................


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PurvisBobbi44 5 years ago from Florida

Sunshine625, I voted up and awesome

Thanks for introducing him, because I had never heard of him, before---but his music is nice.

I love anything Country---can you believe that I never listen to Country music until about ten years ago. I believe it is much better now, because now there is a story in each song. Before, it was mainly who did somebody wrong song----boring!

But I am there now, with you Sunshine625,

Your Hub Friend,

Bobbi


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Sunshine625 5 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Hi effer! Collin Raye is a goodie also! He hasn't had any hits in a while but the hits he did have are geat ones! Yes I do like his music...from the heart:)


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Sunshine625 5 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Hi Bobbi, Yes I do believe you! I just started listening to country when Tim McGraw became hot (yep he still is, I mean that literally)! I've been a fan for 15 years and the music just keeps getting better!

I'm glad you enjoyed Brantley's music!

Thank you effer and Bobbi for stopping by:)


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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

Hi, he is sure to love your tribute, he is cute too! lol! I love country music and he sounds really good, I love finding out about new talent, good luck to him, I really enjoyed his music, cheers nell


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Well Sunshine - you have sure educated me. I knew nothing about this fellow but once again your letter has inspired me to check this hotty out! You do a fab job of pulling out the interesting details and sharing them - I really love that and it keeps me glued to the very end!


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geegee77 5 years ago from The Lone Star State!!

You know you are right I haven't heard too much about this guy, but it sounds like he has a promising career coming up. Voted up & awesome!! Great job Sunshine!! :) ge


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kittythedreamer 5 years ago from the Ether

Not a big country fan, but he might turn me into one...yum!


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Sunshine625 5 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Hi Nell! I'm so glad you enjoyed the videos and learning about Brantley!

Hi Real! Yay! Yes Brantley is a fine-looking cowboy with a side of rock and roll, I thought you might like his music:)

Hi Ge! We'll be seeing Brantley winning some awards soon on our country music award shows!!!

Hi Kitty! LOL! :))

Thank y'all for stopping by!!!


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Cogerson 4 years ago from Virginia

A nice letter to Brantly Gilbert who I must confuse I was not even aware of before this hub. But your hub offers lots on information on its subjects...so not only did I learn about who Brantly is ....I got to sample some of his music as well. The great thing about HubPages are hubs like this one that are educational and interesting...job well done.


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

Hello Brantley, nice to meet someone new :) What a rich voice he has, I enjoyed listening to the songs and reading more about his through your letter.


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Hi Cogerson and Christy! Thanks for stopping by and visiting Brantley and I. We appreciate your time and thoughts.

He's a rebel cowboy and knows how to rock in a country sorta way!:)


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

Linda,

Thanks for introducing me to Brantley. I appreciate it.


KDuBarry03 4 years ago

Huh...I'm discovering a whole array of musicians so far this week! I wish I could check out his music right now, but I'm at the school library (oh no!). I'm definitely saving this for when I go home to listen to some of his stuff :) Thanks for introducing him to the hubbers :)


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Hey Daisy and Keith, I hope you enjoyed Brantley Gilbert's videos.

He's got a country music attitude that gives him rock star status!


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midget38 4 years ago from Singapore

His music is great country rock. And a wonderful voice too. Tweeted and shared, Linda!


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lindalou1963 4 years ago from Texas

Oh I KNOW who he ISSSSS!!! I am an avid country fan and I knew his name after the 1st time I heard him sing!!! He is reallllllyyyyyyy gooooodddd!!!


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

Linda,

I did enjoy Brantley's videos. Thanks, again, for the intro.

I'm from the south...Southern California.

My friend Keith, who shares a birthday with me, is from the south...South Jersey.

Does that mean it's OK for us to like country music?


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lindalou1963 4 years ago from Texas

Anyone can like country music!! Nothing says you have to be from the south!!


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lindalou1963 4 years ago from Texas

After all.... his song IS called... "Country Must Be Country Wide" .... :)


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isenhower33 4 years ago from Crothersville, IN

When I start putting up music of my own who's going to follow me :) Then if I make it famous i'll give a shout out to all my fellow hubbers on TV :)


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lindalou1963 4 years ago from Texas

I'll follow you!


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isenhower33 4 years ago from Crothersville, IN

I sing and write country music by the way :) And some christian Rock too :) Brantley Gilbert is a very good singer that I hope to meet as a fellow singer one day, that would be pretty cool...Good hub voted up


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Daisy, absolutely! North, South, East or West....Country Must be Country Wide! :)


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Linda, I'm now following you also. I washed the family cars yesterday and Brantley Gilbert was my entertainment. Love his country music 'tude!


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

isenhower, I'll follow you! I'm looking forward the shout-out one day, good luck!!


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Hi Michelle, Thank you for checking out Brantley Gilbert! I'm glad you enjoyed his music.


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isenhower33 4 years ago from Crothersville, IN

Well when I record my first video i'll post it on hubpages :) I hope to have at least one recorded before christmas lol It takes good equipment to sound perfect so it will take a lot more work to be ready but hopefully soon :) And thanks :)


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lindalou1963 4 years ago from Texas

Good luck isenhower33... We'll be looking forward to hearing you sing!!


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Be sure and keep us posted isenhower!


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isenhower33 4 years ago from Crothersville, IN

I will follow both of you on here so that when I do record it you'll know :) Thanks for the support :)


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Mike Robbers 4 years ago from London

Never heard of him.. watched the video and listened to a couple of sample tracks and still not sure if I like his music . I think I understood though why he is so much appreciated (from women) : modern country rock musician, rugged good looks, bad boy vibe but has the morals of a country boy ( :P )


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Sunshine625 3 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Hi Mike, Thanks for visiting with Brantley Gilbert!!


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Jools99 3 years ago from North-East UK

Well Linda - this has certainly changed my mind about country (slightly!) because he's quite rock and roll isn't he? I am not a country fan (stop booing me from across the Atlantic, I can hear you!!!) but I quite enjoyed the Kick It In The Sticks video, lots of energy and he's a scruffy looking cutie isn't he? :o)


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Docmo 3 years ago from UK

I love it when you introduce us to new singer/songwriters. Awesome songs and Brantley is surely one to watch for. thanks for these fan letter series...


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Sunshine625 3 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Hey Jools, Yes I agree Brantley Gilbert has a rock and roll sound that compliments his country music! I'm glad you enjoyed the video! :)


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Sunshine625 3 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Hey Doc, Thanks for stopping by and hanging out with Brantley Gilbert for a bit. I'm sure he'll appreciate it, I know I do! :)


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York

SS you are our number one C&W guru! You have now introduced Brantley Gilbert to a whole new audience who will and do appreciate his songs.

Voted up, useful, and interesting.


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Sunshine625 3 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Thank you Tills! I'm glad you enjoyed getting to know Brantley Gilbert!


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Sunshine625 2 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Happy Birthday to Brantley Gilbert 1/20.


Elder Woodard 2 years ago

hey i am a Mormon missionary and i am a huge fan of you and i am a country boy form the west and i was raised on a small farm and i love working hard um i believe that god family friends and our freedom rights and i know that god was there with you as well um i believe everything that happens to you and i had a experience that happens to me and i would love to share it with you and i would love to talk about the few thing of the restoration and the plan of salvation and if you would like to email me and i will not um tell anyone about it and i would love to help you man. your fan Elder Woodard

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