Brantley Gilbert is a familiar face around Nashville these days but when he first came to town and signed a record deal with Valory Music Co., he did so reluctantly. People were telling him he needed to be in Music City to “make it” on the country music scene, but he was experiencing something different.
“We were doing our own thing in Georgia, and in the southeast and we were selling out clubs and makin’ a decent living,” he said. “Don’t get me wrong, we went way, way, way broke for a lotta years in the beginning. But I was happy where I was at and I was just a little hesitant about Nashville.”
Brantley’s biggest fear about Nashville and inking a major record deal was that someone would try to change him. “I was scared to death somebody’d try to slap some wranglers and a bucket hat on me and tell me to sing somebody else’s songs,” he said. “I was a little standoffish, but eventually we grew to the point where those things [a record deal] were a necessity.”
Nashville ultimately worked out for Brantley. His new single, “Bottoms Up,” is at radio now and he will release a new album in May. He will kick off his Let It Ride Tour in March. Watch Brantley’s “Bottoms Up” music video >>