Open Letter to Brantley Gilbert of 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 - Kick It In The Sticks
© 2011 Linda Bilyeu