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Brantley Gilbert Is Already "Halfway To Heaven"!

  • Sep 26, 2011
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Another great CD just dropped September 13th – Brantley Gilbert’s “Halfway to Heaven Deluxe”.  Brantley is not only an excellent country-rock artist but a songwriter as well having songs recorded by Jasen Aldean and Colt Ford.  He released two albums under Average Joe’s Entertainment Group before joining Valory Music Group (a division of Big Machine Records) and charting in the top 20’s with “Country Must Be Country Wide”.   Brantley’s a southern boy with firm roots in Jefferson, GA where he was born and raised and has no plans to leave any time soon. He is mannerly and charming and firmly rooted close to his Mama and his doggie, having purchased land in a small town close by – Maysville GA where he plans to settle down.

Brantley co-wrote Jason Aldean’s “My Kinda Party” and the now popular “Dirt Road Anthem” for Jason’s album so he is already a successful song writer. Listening to this CD he is going to be a very successful vocalist as well.

There’s some great guitar in this album and in the opening song “Hell On Wheels” sung in a husky, southern whiskey-bent voice. This is a song about how the big boys run from John Law with duct tape on the license plate – booze and running down the road sideways with lightnin’ in a jar and a 6-gun in the dash.  Move over Bo Duke and make room for a real outlaw! Love this song – run that moonshine boys!

“My Kinda Crazy” spotlights Brantley in a different tone and voice – softer and sexier – singing about his love for his lady.  She’s too cute to get on his last nerve as she dances in front of the TV like a rock star, tries to drive the stick shift and keeps him up all night stealing covers from his side. I like this side of Brantley as well as the outlaw side – he pulls off both personas perfectly.

The title song “Halfway to Heaven” is also a ballad that is softer and has very thought-provoking words to this song. It’s about crashing the truck into a tree when drinking too much and thinking it was the end.  Hanging on by a thread – in other words “Halfway to Heaven”.  It’s about living one’s life a different way once you’ve been there – hugging Mama and Daddy, going to church every Sunday now and hanging out with his younger brother more. Brantley was a co-writer on this song and proves he has deep roots in faith and life.

The CD is a mixture of devil and lace, love and sin, moonshine and wine. He mixes it up with suggestions of outlaws, booze and wild days beside love ballads and the softer side of life and living. Brantley has a unique talent here – he walks on both sides of life in this album as well as right down the middle.  I enjoy the mix-up of tunes and talent and I firmly believe you will as well. Great songwriting, vocals and instrumentals make this album one to own.

The CD rounds out with “Bendin’ The Rules and Breakin’ The Law”, “Back In The Day”, “Kick It In The Sticks”, “Savin’ Amy”, “Country Must Be Country Wide”, “Take It Outside”, “Them Boys”, “Fall Into Me”, “More Than Miles”, “You Don’t Know Her Like I Do” and “Hell On An Angel” and "Dirt Road Anthem" sung by Brantley and Colt Ford, so you will hear a different version of this song!  You get plenty of bang for your buck on this 15-song CD – well worth the money. Find Brantley at http://brantleygilbert.com/ as well as Facebook.

Calamity Annie – CMTT Music Contributor

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September 27, 2011
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